Trivia / Do the Right Thing
AFIS 100 Years Series:
Casting Gag: 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.
Hey, It's That Guy!: 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 Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
We also see Samuel L. Jackson several years before Pulp Fiction.
Buggin' Out is the polar opposite of Gus.
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.
Playing Against Type: John Turturro (an Italian-American), actually playing... an Italian!
note Who knew Gus could be such a loudmouth?
Real-Life Relative: Mookie's sister Jade is played by Spike Lee's real-life sister Joie.
Rick Aiello, who played Officer Long, is the real life son of Danny Aiello, who played Sal in the film.
Ossie Davis and wife Ruby Dee, as Da Mayor and Mother Sister.
What Could Have Been: Lee's first choice for Sal was Robert De Niro, who turned it down because he felt the role was too similar to ones he had played in the past. Matt Dillon was also Lee's first choice for Pino.
James Earl Jones was offered to play the role as Da Mayor.
The character Smiley was not originally in the script, but Lee added him after when his actor, Roger Guenveur Smith requested a role in his film.