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Spike Lee on his role as an artist in tumultuous times: 'I'm built for this'

"Da 5 Bloods" stars, from left, Jonathan Majors, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis , Clarke Peters and Delroy Lindo as Vietnam War veterans who return to the country to recover the remains of their fallen squad leader. Foto: David Lee/Netflix

When Spike Lee phoned in for an interview late last week, New York was still in the throes of demonstrations against police brutality, a lockdown brought on by covid-19 and the civic unrest and economic crisis that have ensued.

But Lee, who was calling from his home on the Upper East Side, was in a surprisingly exuberant mood. "Wednesday was the first day nobody died from corona," he said, citing data regarding confirmed deaths published by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. What's more, he had taken a bike ride to mayoral residence Gracie Mansion a few days earlier that considerably raised his spirits...

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