Mario Van Peebles, Greg Tate, Melvin Van Peebles. Things I didn't know until this interview: 1. Watermelon Man was directed by MVP 2. "Sweetback" out-grossed "Love Story" 3. Role of John Shaft was written for a White guy but due to "Sweetback's" success.... 4. "Sweetback's" soundtrack was done by a newly formed band called Earth, Wind & Fire and sold as an album. 5. #4 is reason Issac Hayes was selected to do Shaft, then Curtis Mayfield to do Superfly. I salute, bow down and pay homage to Mr. Melvin Van Peebles. He is a Man's Man of courage, fortitude and IS a Badassss... the film Badassss! is #inspiring. #MelvinVanPeebles#MarioVanPeebles#Badassss#SweetSweetbacksBadassssong
What a night! Witnessed great Father & Son love between Melvin & Mario Van Peebles. Listened to them tell their wonderful story of trials & tribulations during their journey as Father & Son and as filmmakers. Stories of how the Father was successful in Hollywood, then was told he was finished in Hollywood, and STILL... he made a successful film!