Rosie Perez says she and Spike Lee have made amends in the decades since she complained about performing in a nude scene for the director in the 1989 movie Do the Right Thing.
The Brooklyn, New York native, 58, speaking with Variety Wednesday, said she and the filmmaker have been on good terms after her remarks in a 2000 roundtable for The New York Times Magazine in which she said her ‘first experience’ showing flesh in front of the camera ‘was horrible.’
Perez played the role of Tina in the breakthrough film Lee, 66, wrote, directed and acted in.
Perez said in the 2000 roundtable, ‘My first experience, of course, was Do the Right Thing. And I had a big problem with it, mainly because I was afraid of what my family would think – that’s what was really bothering me.’
Perez said that the issue wasn’t necessarily taking off her clothes, but she ‘also didn’t feel good about it because the atmosphere wasn’t correct.
The latest: Rosie Perez, 58, says she and Spike Lee, 66, have made amends in the decades since she complained about performing in a nude scene for the director in the 1989 movie Do the Right Thing. Pictured at Lee’s birthday party in NYC earlier this month
‘And when Spike Lee puts ice cubes on my nipples, the reason you don’t see my head is because I’m crying. I was like, “I don’t want to do this.”‘
She continued in the 2000 chat: ‘I felt like Irene Cara in Fame. It was like, “Wait a minute, I feel so wimpy, this is not who I am.” So that was my first experience, and it was horrible.’
The Oscar-nominated actress, speaking to Variety in the new interview, said people were upset with both her and Lee in the wake of the reveal 23 years ago.
‘In our cancel culture, some people need to be canceled,’ she said. ‘And when I was telling the story, people were ready to cancel Spike Lee and cancel me for saying something. And I was like, “You know what? This is getting out of hand.”‘
Perez said Lee apologized to her and the two eventually put it behind them, as she was pictured with the Oscar-winning creative at his birthday party in New York City earlier this month.
‘We discussed it, we made up, we hugged it out, and we’re still friends to this day,’ she said. ‘And sometimes people need a chance to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ For a man of his stature to say “I’m sorry” is huge.
‘But that’s why I don’t like to talk about it – because people get too crazy.’
In the interview with Variety, Perez revealed she wasn’t aware of who Lee was when she met him initially at a nightclub.
‘I didn’t understand who he was,’ she said. ‘And I didn’t care. I threw the card away. My girlfriend Marian went back and got it.
‘She always joked, “You owe your entire career to me.” You know, I did audition for Do the Right Thing. People think that Spike just discovered me and gave me the role. No, he made me work for it.’
Perez played the role of Tina in the breakthrough film Lee wrote, directed and acted in
Perez in a 2000 roundtable said she was weeping during filming of a nude scene in the movie
Perez said Lee apologized to her and the two eventually put it behind them, as she was pictured with the Oscar-winning creative at his birthday party in New York City earlier this month
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