You may have seen actor John Turturro in and around Park Slope — Patch has caught him walking along Eighth Avenue a few times — and you may have seen the fellow Sloper on the silver screen, but last week our neighbor was a guest host on the radio.
Park Slope Patch wanted to make sure, in case you missed it, that you got a chance to listen to Turturro guest host WNYC’s “The Leonard Lopate Show” while he conducted a great interview with filmmaker Spike Lee.
Turturro has been friends with Spike Lee, the Academy Award-nominated writer and director, for years and has also acted in nine of Lee’s films, including “” and “.”
Turturro invited Lee, whose production company 40 Acres and A Mule is in Fort Greene, to join him on the city’s arts and culture radio program on Friday to discuss Lee’s new film “Red Hook Summer,” which opened in theaters on Aug. 10 at BAM Rose Cinemas, Landmark Sunshine, AMC Empire and AMC Magic Johnson Harlem.
“Red Hook Summer,” which is Lee’s latest film that chronicles Brooklyn like “Do the Right Thing” and “Crooklyn,” follows a young boy from Atlanta who spends the hot summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the Red Hook public housing complex.
Lee and Turturro also discussed a range of topics, including where you should go for the best cup of coffee in New York City, which Lee votes for Viand on Madison and 61st Street, how he got into directing on Broadway, the pugilist’s future in acting and how Lee will , despite the Nets coming to Brooklyn.
One of the more interesting excerpts of the interview was about Mookie, everyone’s favorite pizza deliveryman from “Do the Right Thing.” Lee played Mookie himself in the 1989 film, which depicts simmering racial tension in Bed-Stuy that comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer.
The filmmaker revealed that Mookie makes it in to “Red Hook Summer," Sal's Famous Pizzeria set up shop in the waterfront neighborhood after Bed-Stuy residents burnt it down to the ground at the end of the 1989 film.
"Mookie is the world's oldest pizza deliveryman, but he's the best though," Lee said.
Tune in to the show and let us know your favorite excerpt in the comments section below! “The Leonard Lopate Show” features in-depth interviews with all kinds of luminaries, ranging from filmmakers, artists, authors and actors. Catch the show on weekdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 or online at www.wnyc.org.