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Friday marks the 28th anniversary of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, which hit theaters in 1989, and Rosie Perez still feels the ache from that epic dance sequence.
“Eight hours of doing the same dance, I developed tennis elbow from throwing those punches,” she remembered during a 2013 cast reunion interview, now airing in the newest episode of Entertainment Weekly Cast Reunions on PEOPLE and EW’s PEN network. “And, yeah, so I’m still mad at Spike about [that]. No I’m not,” she added, laughing.
“She was not happy because she danced up a storm all day,” Lee said. “Every take she was going full out so she was near exhaustion.” He recalled her saying, “Spike, fire me or whatever you want to do, but I can’t do anymore.” Lee, Bill Nunn, Giancarlo Esposito, Ossie Davis, and Danny Aiello also feature in the film, which begins with a four-minute opening crawl with Perez dancing to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.”
“Everyone on Twitter reminds me of it,” she said. “No, I will not do it today, but I will say this: I am very proud of it and, you know, I don’t watch it often ’cause it makes me crack up, especially the way my face was.”
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