Spike Lee says he won’t visit cinemas until a coronavirus vaccine is available

The filmmaker previously spoke out against the decision to reopen cinemas in Georgia

Spike Lee has said he won’t go to the cinema until a coronavirus vaccine has been made available.

The filmmaker previously spoke out against the decision to reopen cinemas in the US state of Georgia, despite the ongoing spread of coronavirus globally.

Now, the director – who is releasing his new film, the Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, straight to Netflix on June 12 – told Vanity Fair that he won’t be attending any public events until a vaccine has been developed.

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“They ain’t doing a thing until the vaccine,” Lee said. “I know I’m not going to a movie theatre. I know I’m not going to a Broadway show. I know I’m not going to Yankee Stadium. Corona is a bitch. Corona is not playing. You fuck around you’re going to get killed, you’re going to die. I’m not ready to go.”

Spike Lee attends the Brooklyn Chop House One Year Anniversary Dinner on November 20, 2019 in New York City. CREDIT: Johnny Nunez/WireImage

He added that there was not yet a feasible way to film intimate scenes amid social distancing rules. “How are you going to do a love scene anymore, or an intimate scene?” he said. “I mean, are you going to do a movie by remote, like Saturday Night Live?… I don’t know how you do that. So, we’re on pause now.”

His words came a month after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp sparked controversy after announcing that he would be relaxing quarantine restrictions and reopening select non-essential businesses, such as cinemas, beginning April 27.

At the time of the announcement, the BlackKklansman director made it clear that he didn’t support the decision to reopen.

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Lee said the focus should be on testing people for the virus and not on re-opening cinemas.

“Open Movie Theatres Now? Hell To Da Naw,” Lee wrote at the time “I Got Alot More Movies To Make, Not Rollin’ Da Dice Wit’ Da Only Life I Got. TESTING. TESTING And Mo’ TESTING (sic).”

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