Training Day director Antoine Fuqua sat down with SOHH this week to discuss everything from rappers striving for Oscars to why he recruited cast members from “The Wire” to star in his latest film, Brooklyn’s Finest. In this fourth exchange, Fuqua names his personal favorite urban films.
Now excluding your own films, which urban movies would you say are your favorite if you had to name a few?
“There’s a few of them out there man that I feel were good, especially the impact they had when they first came out. I think John Singleton‘s Boyz N The Hood was a good movie, a good solid movie, you know, that dealt with that. Menace II Society was really good, that had a good feel as far as the texture. New Jack [City], I liked New Jack, that was just a more colorful version, you know what I mean? It was a little more of a hyper-reality version [of urban films]. So yeah, man, all those movies I liked. You know man, I saw very little of Paid In Full. I saw a very little of it, I haven’t seen the whole movie yet. Mekhi [Phifer] is a good actor man. He’s been doing it for a while man. He ain’t no joke. Mekhi can really act man. I never worked with him but you know, he’s a cat that I would work with, for sure. There’s a lot of talented brothers out there like the Wesley Snipes and those guys where unfortunately there’s just not enough material being generated or financed, some of them really show their real craft man.”