The actor, who is black, says in a new interview that he’s “outraged” by racial profiling and discrimination, and that the film industry “has a lot of work to do” to fight against racial bias.
The actor tells Variety that the documentary, titled “Dirty Southern,” will focus on the life of one of the main characters, Eddie Lee.
“I think that when you’re dealing with issues of racism and discrimination in Hollywood, you have to get involved in it,” the actor says.
“You can’t just say, ‘Hey, this is a great movie.’
It’s so much more complicated.
You have to talk to people, you need to be open to hearing and hearing different perspectives, and you have got to find your own voice and say something.”
Lee, who died in 2011 at age 63, starred in such films as “The Black Dahlia” and “Cocaine and Cigarettes,” before he died of a heart attack in 2015.
Lee’s family has been involved in the film since its inception.
The project has attracted widespread praise, with many saying the film has “a message that can be heard across the board.”
“Dealing with racism and sexism in the entertainment industry has become a big issue in the last few years,” says Lee’s sister, Terri Lee, in the new interview.
“In my opinion, it’s a big problem.
I’m really outraged that there’s this lack of empathy, but that’s the reality.”
“When you’re talking about issues of racial bias and discrimination and the impact that these issues have on a person’s life, then I’m outraged,” she says.
The filmmaker’s comments come just a week after the U.S. government announced that it would begin investigating Hollywood over its handling of racial issues, including its treatment of black actors.
“It’s very important for us to work together to make sure that all of our actors and directors feel safe, and I’m very hopeful that we’ll have a lot more dialogue about the issue of racism in the industry,” said Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, in a statement.
“We also need to make it more likely that these incidents of misconduct do not happen again.”
“Catch My Soul,” the documentary about Lee, premiered at Sundance earlier this month and has received critical acclaim.
The documentary follows Lee as he makes his way through the streets of Atlanta, trying to find work after a string of black friends were murdered in the city.
The film is also being released on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video in North America.
“Doorway to Hollywood,” a documentary released last year, chronicled the life and career of the “Dinner Party” singer and actor.
“There are so many stories, and so many ways that you can look at these characters,” Lee tells Variety in the interview.
“‘Catch my soul’ was a big inspiration for me.
I was born into a very dysfunctional family.
There were times when my father, a man who was abusive, and my mother, who was very, very controlling, were both very controlling.
There was this whole history of abuse, of abuse in my family, of domestic violence.”
“I was a kid growing up and my dad was abusive.
And I saw my mother being really abusive,” Lee says.