According to reports, David Duke, who used to be in the Ku Klux Klan, is worried about his portrayal in an upcoming film from Spike Lee. Lee’s latest film, BlacKkKlansman, is a true story about the black detective, Ron Stallworth, who found a way into the hate group and spoke with Duke in the 1970’s.
NBC ‘s Nightly News interviewed Spike Lee and Ron on Monday, and Lester Holt asked them about their “latest development.” Stallworth laughed and said he received a call the other day from David Duke.
The director laughed to himself while Ron went on to say that Duke was concerned about his portrayal in the movie. David, during his conversation with Stallworth, said he always “respected Spike Lee,” a claim which surprised the former detective.
During an interview on the Today Show, Topher Grace, who portrayed Duke in the Spike Lee movie, said Duke’s ability to change his demeanor and attitudes was one of his most dangerous qualities.
Topher said Duke was able to change the way we typically think of racism and racists. According to Grace, Mr. Duke made racism more “palatable,” and turned it into a form of thinking that was more relatable, ultimately, making it eviler.
In response to the idea that Duke didn’t want to be portrayed negatively in the movie, Grace said, “too late now buddy.”
Another star who claims to have known David Duke is the Louisiana comedian, Theo Von, who, during a chat with Joe Rogan in the Joe Rogan Experience, said he used to work out with him at the gym. Theo said at the time he didn’t realize he was associated with any hate groups, but seemed like a nice guy.
As an interesting side note, reportedly, Ron – the detective whom BlacKkKlansman is based on – still has his KKK membership card at his home.