The basketball-loving, feather-ruffling film auteur has made over 20 explosive movies since the release of his debut feature, the groundbreaking comedy She’s Gotta Have It, in 1986. This month, he’ll debut a Netflix original series based on that very film. But first, the bard of Brooklyn answers some questions from the writings of Warhol.
ANDY WARHOL: What did you have for breakfast?
SPIKE LEE: Blueberry pancakes, three scrambled egg whites, avocado, and chicken sausage. I was hungry.
WARHOL: What was your first job?
LEE: During the summers of ’76 and ’77, I scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins in Brooklyn Heights. Was it 31 or 32 flavors? I forget.
WARHOL: How were you discovered?
LEE: My thesis film in graduate school won a Student Academy Award.
WARHOL: What is your favorite movie?
LEE: Of the ones I did not make? On the Waterfront, written by my very good, late friend Budd Schulberg.
WARHOL: Who would be your dream date?
LEE: I’m married! But I’d take Marlon Brando, Malcolm X, John Coltrane, and Frank Sinatra out to dinner.
WARHOL: What are you reading right now?
LEE: Lots of magazines and newspapers. I’m trying to keep up with what’s happening in this turbulent world.
WARHOL: Showers or baths?
LEE: Showers—quick, quick, quick, quick showers. I’ve got things to do.
WARHOL: Are you a good cook?
LEE: I can’t boil water.
WARHOL: What do you think about American kids?
LEE: I love ’em. I just wish they’d put their phones down for a minute. Put down your phones!
WARHOL: When do you get nervous?
LEE: When the clock is running out and my team is behind. That’d be the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and the New York Knicks.
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