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

Award-winning director and champion of the importance of film, Spike Lee, has explained that he will not be returning to cinemas until a coronavirus vaccine is made available.

As millions of people around the world are forced to stay home amid strict social distancing measures, the film industry—much like countless other creative fields—is reeling from the financial stresses of the current pandemic.

While cinemas and theatres are already putting forward potential reopening procedures in a bid to keep their institutions alive, director Spike Lee will not be taking part.

“They ain’t doing a thing until the vaccine,” Lee told Vanity Fair. “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.”

He added: “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.”

The director then went on to offer his opinion that the desire to reopen cinemas at this current time is a misguided approach to priorities, instead insisting that the focus should be on testing. “Open Movie Theatres Now? Hell To Da Naw,” Lee wrote in a post on social media.

He added: “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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