Don't call it a comeback - Spike Lee on 'BlacKkKlansman'

Topher Grace stars as David Duke in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” | Focus Features

Topher Grace stars as David Duke in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” | Focus Features

Director Spike Lee says he wants U.S. President Donald Trump to see his new movie "BlacKkKlansman", an impassioned, tense but often amusing movie about race relations in the United States across the decades.

Lee has said the movie is specifically timed to mark the anniversary this weekend of last year's violent clashes between white nationalists and anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which one woman died.

"BlacKkKlansman" is based on the real-life story of Ron Stallworth, a black Colorado Springs police officer who infiltrated the KKK by pretending to be white during phone conversations with Klan members, including David Duke.

Trump previous year drew broad criticism for blaming both sides for the violence and news footage of the protests is included in the film.

"No. Might be Putin", Lee said. The director recalls watching the protests on TV and going to tell Obama about it as he was playing golf on a course near Lee's house.

Lee said he believes Trump was "on the wrong side of history".

"He wanted to talk about the fact that he's concerned about how he's going to be portrayed in this film", Stallworth said alongside Lee during an interview with NBC's Nightly News host Lester Holt.

The New York Times called it "a furious, funny, blunt and brilliant confrontation with the truth".

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