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.
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.