Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Do The Right Thing”

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How did Rosie Perez get this role?

Before Do The Right Thing, Rosie was known in the industry as a choreographer. But just because she danced for a living didn’t mean that she was oblivious to other issues. In a club where both Rosie and Lee were in attendance, Spike was hosting a “booty contest.” (Apparently, these were his immature days.) Well, Rosie wasn’t having that. She got on the microphone, and shouting, accused Spike Lee of sexism. The two had a bit of an argument and during that time, Spike saw her acting potential. So he cast her in his next movie.

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