Chris Rock asked Spike Lee if he thought his film, ‘Red Hook Summer’ would have “blown up” if he was financed by a Hollywood studio and Spike Lee seized the opportunity to let him and everyone else know how he really felt:
“We never went to the studios with this film. I bought a camera and said we’re gonna do this muh fuggin’ film ourselves.[…]I didn’t need a motherf—–g studio telling me something about Red Hook! They know nothing about black people. Nothing. And they’re gonna give me notes about what a young 13-year-old black boy and girl do in Red Hook? F–k no!”
“So we need to film ourselves so we wouldn’t have any notes, because we feel there’s a motherf—–g audience for this film — excuse my profanity, my wife is looking at me like I’m crazy — but I don’t know what else we can do. We had to do it ourselves. We shot ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ for twelve days back in 1986. And when I waited for Universal to do the sequel to ‘Inside Man,’ my biggest endeavor, I couldn’t wait any longer! We had to do it ourselves!