They recognized each other’s talents, joined forces and created a small, yet powerful legacy of black film that feed our ebony spirits.
These artistic collaborations between Spike and Denzel will stand the test of time. I watched these films 20 years ago, and they spoke to me. I can look at these films today and they still speak to me. I can watch them 20 years from now and they will still speak to me. That’s the mark of filmmaking at its best.
In the first clip, Spike and Denzel reminisce about the work, the fun, the danger, the spirituality of making Malcolm X.
In the other clips, Spike speaks forthrightly with Ebony/Jet Magazine about the racism in the movie industry, revisiting the scandal around Malcolm’s assasination, and how black hollywood saved the film “Malcolm X”.
I would bet that the relationship and friendship between Spike and Denzel is “mo betta” than most.