By Adam B. Vary
Updated January 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

A day after the Sundance premiere of Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer — and Lee’s fiery post-screening Q&A — the filmmaker was far more subdued when he stopped by the EW studio with his co-screenwriter James McBride and star Clarke Peters. But that doesn’t mean Lee was reticent to discuss his film’s controversial third-act plot twist, his apparent dig at the films of Tyler Perry, and how that post-show outburst ties back to George Lucas and Red Tails. Far from it.

Check out our discussion below (and warning — some SPOILERS follow):

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