Oct 14, 2009
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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.