As today's Suggest mentioned, tonight Central Cinema's Hot Summer Nights series wraps up with a film that will forever scream summer: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, a bright, sexy, stylish blast of entertainment that boils over into hardcore drama involving race, gentrification, police brutality, and the crazy shit humans can be driven to by oppressive heat. You may see the trailer here.
But what I'd really love to show you is the opening credits, featuring Rosie Perez dancing her ass off to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” but it's been pulled from YouTube. Instead, enjoy this GhettoNewsFlash report featuring Perez talking about her legendary dance:
When we were doing the opening credit sequence, I never got sick of "Fight The Power," because it is brilliant. Its anger and angst actually kept me going when my body was exhausted. I mean, you can’t dance for eight hours straight with only a lunch break and ten minutes here and there. I developed tennis elbow, because Spike kept having me punch at the camera as if I was boxing. My back went out, my knees were messed up-I ended up on crutches. Also, we were doing it on a soundstage in Brooklyn, which had a concrete floor. That made it even more taxing, because, unlike wood, concrete has no give. I remember telling Spike that I can’t do it again, and he was like, “We’re going again.” He kept telling me to bring more passion and anger to the dance. At one point, I looked over and saw him sitting there, and I was so pissed off, my nostrils just flared. I kept getting more and more exhausted and angry and I was almost on the verge of tears. It’s funny, because many people have told me that one of their favorite parts of the scene was when I put my hands in my hips, grinded down towards the floor, and looked to the side. They would say how sexy it was. Of course, I wasn’t trying to be sexy-I was just so angry that I that I couldn’t even look at the camera. It wasn’t until I saw the movie that I understood what he was doing. I think the emotional part of the sequence is brilliant, but as a dancer, I still have a problem watching it, because I thought my dancing was horrible as a result of how tired I was.