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Rosie Perez Says She and Spike Lee ‘Made Up’ After She Dissed Her Nude Scene in ‘Do the Right Thing’

Rosie Perez and Spike Lee
Spike Lee and Rosie Perez attend Spike Lee’s 66th Birthday Bash at FancyFree on March 20, 2023, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

*Rosie Perez says she and Spike Lee made amends after she previously dissed her nude scene in their 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.”

“It was like, Now I’m the object, here’s the shot,” Perez recalled of the experience in 2000 during a roundtable with The New York Times. “And the reason why I cried was not so much because I felt violated as because I was angry at myself, because I wanted to say: ”Say something! Get up!” So that’s how I felt violated. I felt like I violated myself.”

In a new interview with Variety, Perez addressed the reports that she and the Oscar-winning director fell out over her remarks. She said they ultimately “made up” and “hugged it out.”

“In our cancel culture, some people need to be canceled,” Perez explained. “And when I was telling the story, people were ready to cancel Spike Lee and cancel me for saying something. And I was like, ‘You know what? This is getting out of hand.'”

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“Here’s the thing. It happened. We discussed it, we made up, we hugged it out, and we’re still friends to this day,” she added. “And sometimes people need a chance to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ For a man of his stature to say ‘I’m sorry’ is huge. But that’s why I don’t like to talk about it — because people get too crazy.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Perez recalled her failed audition for the role of “Trinity” in “The Matrix.”

“I was horrible,” she shared. “As I was walking out, I was like, ‘I know I didn’t get the job. I really sucked,’ and the Wachowskis were like, ‘No,’ and the casting director was trying not to laugh. And then finally I looked at her and I go, ‘I really sucked,’ and she just burst out laughing. We all were laughing. I just gave the Wachowskis a hug and I said, ‘Well, good luck with this.'”

Actress Carrie-Ann Moss was ultimately cast as Trinity opposite Keanu Reeves.

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