On His Rape Scene:
It was immaturity on my part. It really did not treat rape with the seriousness that it is.
On His OP-ED In The New York Times:
In Mo Better Blues, there are two characters named Mo and John Flatbush. And they’re Jewish. When the film came out, I was called anti-Semitic. And my lawyer at the time, a great man named Arther Klein, told me if I don’t write a New York Times op-ed peice saying that I am not anti-Semitic, I was never going to work in Holly wood again.
On Having A Opinion:
If you ask my wife, she’d say someimes you should shut up, but anytime I’ve said something, it’s always been my thinking that I am not speaking on behalf of all African-Americans. This is my opinion.
On Black Movies:
There is room for everything. It becomes a problem when one thing is pushed, and it dominates everything else and obscures the other important elements of who we are as a people.