Spike Lee revealed he went undercover following the release of his latest film, BlacKkKlansman. The movie tells the story of a policeman who sets out to expose the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
The filmmaker told Metro.co.uk: “Even last night I was here for a screening, and what I tried to do was sneak into the theatre at the end, so I could see…”
Although the movie is set in the 1970s, Lee explained that it still has a strong relevance to modern-day America.
The 61-year-old director — whose previous credits include She’s Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing — said the themes of his film are particularly pertinent in light of incidents such as the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
“What it does, it reiterates to the audience that what you’ve just seen is not a thing of the pas. When you leave the theatre you walk out into the world we live in, what you saw in Charlottesville.”
BlacKkKlansman is already being tipped to win various awards.
But the world-famous filmmaker has insisted his work isn’t motivated by accolades.
He said: “It’s nice to be thought [of] that way but that don’t make it happen.
“We’ll see. Honestly, though, whatever awards we get or don’t get, does not have an impact on what this film is.”