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SPIKE LEE SHOCKS "THE GRAM" RELEASING 24 YEAR SECRET...

Updated: Apr 7

By: Titus J. Burrell - April 3, 2020










pic credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/canburak/


THE BENEFITS OF QUARANTINING


With the world on timeout due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all working hard to keep ourselves occupied.


Surprisingly, people have taken to new hobbies like, TicTok dance challenges, podcasting, reading, we’ve even begun to see folks dabble in exercising, given the current circumstances. 


Even award winning filmmaker, Spike Lee, took to social media this past weekend, keeping “Da Gram” on the edge of their seats as he revealed a 24 year secret. “I wrote a script for Jackie Robinson.”, says Spike, “I wanted Denzel to play the role of Jackie but he said he was too old.” 


As he digressed, Spike says, “Its a great American story, but, it never got made.” And so, he decided to share with all who were interested, the 1996 draft of his epic Jackie Robinson script right in the bio of his instagram page. 


Those of us who are familiar with the once upon a time, leader of the new black wave of filmmaking, remember the classic protagonist "MOOKY" of “Do The Right Thing”, walking down Bed-Stuy (Bedford Stuyvesant) wearing a dodgers number 42 jersey delivering pizza. You would be crazy to believe that Spike didn't have this script waiting in his back pocket. 


THE COINCIDENCE OR FATE?


What is more interesting is that Denzel Washington had a chance to play Jackie Robinson, turned it down, only for 17 years later, the kid (CHADWICK BOSEMAN) he sponsored to attend a summer theatre program at the University of Oxford, ended up playing Jackie Robinson in the movie 42. Coincidence? Maybe. 


But while we let that settle, go over to Spike’s instagram page and check out that script.



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