Mario Van Peebles discusses his directorial debut -- Actor tells EW about his turn behind the camera in ''New Jack City''
Van Peebles’ feature-film directorial debut, the hip-hop cop flick New Jack City, now out in a Special Edition(R, 101 mins., 1991, Warner), still looks baadasssss!
Despite the violence, NJC is a moral film.
My thing was not ”Can I make a hit movie?” It was ”Can I make a hit movie with a message?”
What was it Ice-T wanted you to call the movie?
”Killin’ Up S —.” [Laughs]He was dead serious, too.
The film juiced the careers of Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, and Chris Rock.
It did sort of create the viable black leading man. Up to that time we were still playing the comedic guy or the [white guy’s] best friend, never the Guy. I was able to make Wesley the Guy. Initially, he wanted to play the cop and Ice-T wanted to play the gangster. The key was to flip it.
What’s up with putting Color Me Badd’s ”I Wanna Sex You Up” video on the extras disc?
Wait — they put that on there?!