Disney bosses have forced Spike Lee to call a truce with Clint Eastwood after their war of words, fearing the bad publicity would cost his new movie Oscar nominations.
Lee hit out at Eastwood for failing to include black characters in his 2006 World War II movies Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.
The veteran star struck back, telling Lee to “shut his face,” prompting Lee to take a second swipe, calling Eastwood “an angry old man.”
But Lee has backed down after executives at Disney–the studio backing his new war movie Miracle at St. Anna–stepped in.
He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, “I get the thing, ‘Well, Mr. Eastwood is so well beloved,’ and this may have ramifications at Academy time.
“But it’s over. I said what I had to say. He believes what he believes. And that’s that.”
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