Blaxploitation Film Icon Fred Williamson Disses new Film 'Black Dynamite' That Pays Homage to Him

Oct 14, 2009 | Posted by: TheNewsMan | Full story: www.eurweb.com

*Despite a healthy buzz, the blaxploitation spoof "Black Dynamite" has received a thumbs down from one of the era’s top stars.

In an interview with EURweb’s Lee Bailey, Fred “The Hammer” Williams weighed in on "Black Dynamite" as well as the intentions of Screen Gems, the studio promoting the Scott Sanders-directed film, which hits theaters in selected markets this Friday (Oct. 16).

Although he declared his "love for the period," the film’s star, Michael Jai White, opted to use humor as a vehicle for showcasing a time in which films told universal stories via black actors and filmmakers. For White, "Black Dynamite" served as a “tip of the hat to that era.”

"It's funny to do it as a time capsule and lay in some jokes that are only funny when you're looking at them now,” the actor told the LA Times. "You look at the '70s, is there a more entertaining time? That time period was so alive. It was a great time for black people -- they went from their heads being bowed to being up and strong."

However, White’s approach did not earn high marks with Williamson, who is proud of the way his characters come across on the big screen. According to him, "Black Dynamite’s" attempt to honor his onscreen image fell flat.

“He says that they’re payin’ homage to me. How can you pay homage to me in a comedy. I don’t do comedy. How you gonna pay homage to me?," said Williamson. “...My thing is to be the hero, to win the fight, to get the girl at the end of the movie and don’t die. OK. You go to see a Freddy Williamson movie. Ain’t no singin’, ain’t no dancin’ because I don’t sing. I don’t dance, in public anyway. So my kind of film, call it what you want. I have no idea what the hell ‘black exploitation’ means, but if you want to call it that, fine. But I don’t do comedy and you can’t pay homage to me by doing comedy.”

Think Fred is full of himself? Then click over and check out the audio of the actual interview. Let's just put it this way. For a guy who says he doesn't do comedy, that's exactly what he does while trying to keep a straight face.

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Oct 14, 2009
 
Haters, old and young. Seems everytime a young star wants to honestly pay homage to a era it is attacked by the very 'star' that they are paying homage to. It was what it was, Blaxploitation. Williams gets credit for playing a strong Black hero on screen and White should be given credit for honoring the Black stars of the '70's. It was what it was.

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Oct 14, 2009
 
The "original" Hammer says "My thing is to be the hero, to win the fight, to get the girl at the end of the movie and don’t die." That is one successful script and the message he is trying to say is it helped pave the way for a Bm like Will smith to star in a "white" movie and make 20 million doing so. The Hammer and a few others (back in those days) are the "John Wayne" of the black movie industry.
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Oct 14, 2009
 
First you have Etta James trying to throw Beyonce under the bus for singing "her song" and now Freddy Williamson dumping on Michael Jai White for paying homage to him. Get over yourselves. Ain't nuthin new under the sun. At least your getting credit for it Freddy. It's not like you were the topic of conversation in recent years before the movie.

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