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

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Rosie and the ice cube

When she signed up to be a part of Do The Right Thing, Rosie Perez was a still a college student. A college student who’d just lost her virginity, she claims. So naturally, she was a bit uncomfortable about the ice cube scene with Mookie (Spike), where she was full frontal. In an interview, which was later featured in Spike Lee’s memoir, Perez said she felt exploited by the scene. “I had just lost my virginity in college. I found [the scene] much more exploitative than what I had read [in the script]. Eventually I burst into tears and I said, ‘Don’t keep filming.'” Apparently, there was a riff between Perez and Spike because of all this. But thankfully they were able to work it out.


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