History Trivia / DoTheRightThing

8th Jul '16 2:19:57 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Wesley Snipes turned down a role in the film in order to star in ''FilmMajorLeague''.

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** Wesley **Wesley Snipes turned down a role in the film in order to star in ''FilmMajorLeague''.''Film/MajorLeague''.
8th Jul '16 2:18:57 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CastingGag: Buggin' Out, who says Sal is racist for not putting any black people on his Italian-American exclusive "Wall of Fame" is played by Giancarlo Esposito, who is himself half-black, half-Italian American.
* DoingItForTheArt: Spike Lee funded the entire film himself by maxing out his credit cards, surely as a way to maintain creative control over a film with such a personal, controversial subject.

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* CastingGag: Buggin' Out, who says Sal is racist for not putting any black people on his Italian-American exclusive "Wall of Fame" is played by Giancarlo Esposito, Creator/GiancarloEsposito, who is himself half-black, half-Italian American.
* DoingItForTheArt: Spike Lee Creator/SpikeLee funded the entire film himself by maxing out his credit cards, surely as a way to maintain creative control over a film with such a personal, controversial subject.



** Wesley Snipes turned down a role in the film in order to star in ''FilmMajorLeague''.

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** Wesley **Wesley Snipes turned down a role in the film in order to star in ''FilmMajorLeague''.
8th Jul '16 2:17:50 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RealLifeRelative: Mookie's sister Jade is played by Spike Lee's real-life sister Joie.

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* RealLifeRelative: Mookie's sister Jade is played by Spike Lee's Creator/SpikeLee's real-life sister Joie.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lee's first choice for Sal was RobertDeNiro, who turned it down because he felt the role was too similar to ones he had played in the past. MattDillon was also Lee's first choice for Pino.
** Creator/JamesEarlJones was offered to play the role as Da Mayor.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: This film was inspired by an actual incident in New York where some black youths were chased out of a pizzeria by some white youths in a section of New York known as Howard Beach.
* ThrowItIn: The key scene when Danny Aiello and John Turturro talk alone approximately midway through the film was partly improvised. The scripted scene ended as the character Smiley approached the window. Everything after that until the end of the scene was completely ad-libbed.
** All of the scenes of the corner men were improvised.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lee's Creator/SpikeLee's first choice for Sal was RobertDeNiro, who turned it down because he felt the role was too similar to ones he had played in the past. MattDillon was also Lee's first choice for Pino.
** Creator/JamesEarlJones was offered to play the role as Da Mayor.Mayor, but turned it down in favour of ''Film/TheBestOfTheBest''.


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** Creator/LaurenceFishburne was offered but turned down the role of Love Daddy.
**Wesley Snipes turned down a role in the film in order to star in ''FilmMajorLeague''.
** [[spoiler: In the original scripted ending, Sal and Mookie reconcile. Sal, although upset, tells Mookie that he understands that Mookie had to do the right thing. Creator/SpikeLee changed the ending during filming and has never explained why he did]].
12th Jun '16 3:18:46 PM NWolfman
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* UsefulNotes/BarackObama and his future first lady Michelle saw this film on their first date.
12th Jun '16 3:16:59 PM NWolfman
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* DoingItForTheArt: Spike Lee funded the entire film himself by maxing out his credit cards, surely as a way to maintain creative control over a film with such a personal, controversial subject.
21st Apr '16 11:42:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez make their film debuts in this film.
** Vito is played by Richard Edson, the original drummer from Sonic Youth ''and'' the creepy valet in FerrisBuellersDayOff.
** We also see Samuel L. Jackson several years before Film/PulpFiction.
** Buggin' Out is the [[PlayingAgainstType polar opposite]] of [[Series/BreakingBad Gus]].
** [[Series/TheSopranos Phil Leotardo]] is the guy who gets water sprayed on his car.
** Several actors have appeared in multiple Spike Lee films. John Turturro and Spike's sister Joie share the record with nine appearances each.
16th Jan '16 11:52:37 PM Whipsmart
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** Who knew [[Series/BreakingBad Gus]] was such an [[JerkAss annoying punk]].

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** Who knew [[Series/BreakingBad Gus]] was could be such an [[JerkAss annoying punk]].a loudmouth?
16th Jan '16 11:52:03 PM Whipsmart
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** Who knew [[Series/BreakingBad Gus]] could be such an [[JerkAss asshole.]]

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** Who knew [[Series/BreakingBad Gus]] could be was such an [[JerkAss asshole.]]annoying punk]].
16th Jan '16 11:38:55 PM Whipsmart
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** [[Series/TheSopranos Phil Leotardo]] and [[{Film/Goodfellas}} Billy Batts]] is the guy who gets water sprayed on his car.

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** [[Series/TheSopranos Phil Leotardo]] and [[{Film/Goodfellas}} Billy Batts]] is the guy who gets water sprayed on his car.
16th Jan '16 11:38:23 PM Whipsmart
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** [[{{Film/Goodfellas}} Billy Batts]] got his antique car ruined by Moe and Joe.



** [[Series/TheSopranos Phil Leotardo]] is the guy who gets water sprayed on his car.

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** [[Series/TheSopranos Phil Leotardo]] and [[{Film/Goodfellas}} Billy Batts]] is the guy who gets water sprayed on his car.



** Rick Aiello, who played Officer Long, is the real life son of Danny Aiello, who played Sal in the film.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lee's first choice for Sal was RobertDeNiro, who turned it down because he felt the role was too similar to ones he had played in the past.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lee's first choice for Sal was RobertDeNiro, who turned it down because he felt the role was too similar to ones he had played in the past.
past. MattDillon was also Lee's first choice for Pino.
** Creator/JamesEarlJones was offered to play the role as Da Mayor.
** The character [[InspirationallyDisabled Smiley]] was not originally in the script, but Lee added him after when his actor, Roger Guenveur Smith requested a role in his film.
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