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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Rosie Perez On Her Do the Right Thing Dance Sequence


The weekend before last was the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's classic Do the Right Thing, and Sarah Larson's New Yorker dispatch from the Brooklyn Academy of Music's celebration included this wonderful Rosie Perez reminiscence, on her iconic dance sequence in the film's opening credits:

"It was supposed to be Cool Jerk," she said. "We were doing sixties-style dancing. At the last minute, Spike said he changed his mind, hiring Public Enemy. We had to come up with a new deal in a day and a half." When it came time to shoot, she said, "Spike didn’t tell me he needed anger and angst and exhaustion. Instead, he just said, ‘I need you to kill it. I thought, O.K.—I thought I killed it in the first hour. Freakin’ eight hours later, this freakin’ man had me still dancing. I had tennis elbow, my knee was swelling. So I forgot about the lyrics, the original words—you know, Elvis, John Wayne? To me, it was all Spike, Spike, Spike, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you! And, when like rage and hate just poured out of my body, pure exhaustion, He went, "Cut, print it! We got it!"

If only we had the audio. [TNY]



6 Comments / Post A Comment

Lucienne

I love Do the Right Thing but I wish Rosie Perez hadn't had such a shit time filming it.

beatrix

Totally agree-riveting opening credits. Rosie Perez rocking out to Public Enemy's: Fight the Power@l

eizverson22

I admire Rosie Perez, the right time to do the right thing.

Beezellabub

@eizverson22 "The traditional way to hive a swarm is to spread a sheet in front of a hive containing combs or foundation and jar the cluster from whatever it is clinging to and onto the sheet. The bees almost immediately move in. it is an inspiring sight, and a never-ending source of pleasure to the beekeeper, especially when an audience gathers." --Richard Taylor

67765160@twitter

ICONIC. I watch this sequence every other morning while brushing teeth, etc. The other mornings I recite 'Phenomenal Woman' to myself in the mirror. Call me crazy.

hiep elines

@eizverson22 "The traditional way to hive a swarm is to spread a sheet in front of a hive containing combs or foundation and jar the cluster from whatever it is clinging to and onto the sheet. The bees almost immediately move in.dịch thuật ở đâu tốt it is an inspiring sight, and a never-ending source of pleasure to the beekeeper, especially when an audience gathers

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