Spike Lee's latest feature film 'Da 5 Bloods' premieres on Netflix this week. The prolific and influential director (who also co-wrote and produced this film) joined cast members Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Jonathan Majors, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Norm Lewis to talk to Moviefone and Made in Hollywood about the new film.
In light of the recent national (and global) protests about police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a new Spike Lee Joint couldn't be more timely. The film had been shot and edited on schedule, and in May, Lee announced that the film would be released on Netflix in June. But then "the world changed" as Lee says in our interview.
Star Delroy Lindo agrees, saying that the film is now "even more acutely relevant." Co-star Clarke Peters thinks likewise, telling us "we couldn't have orchestrated the timing of this coming on out, but those of you who have seen this, understand the importance at this time."
Actor Jonathan Majors calls Lee a "griot" (a West African historian, singer or storyteller, maintaining an oral tradition and often seen in a leadership role), and says that Lee "may be sensitive to patterns of the world." And Lindo had similar praise saying "Spike's got his finger on the pulse."
Lee and his cast members go on to discuss their shooting locations (Thailand and Vietman), and the energy and collaboration on set, and Lee also shares why it's so important for him to include historic references and figures in his films.
'Da 5 Bloods' will be available on Netflix on June 12, 2020.