Actor Wesley Snipes has been a fixture in Hollywood for decades but is perhaps most known for playing the vampire hero Blade. Though Mahershala Ali is picking up the baton in the Marvel reboot, Kevin Feige shouted out the OG Snipes for being a pioneer in creating a Marvel superhero feature.
Snipes has appeared in Spike Lee’s films, action flicks with Sylvester Stallone, and most recently had roles in Dolemite Is My Name and the upcoming Coming 2 America.
Known for tackling action and drama roles, Snipes found himself the target of “diva” rumors in the past few years. He’s aware of the comments and recently addressed one story about his behavior on the set of Blade.
Patton Oswalt claimed Wesley Snipes behaved badly on set of ‘Blade 3’
Oswalt was not in the first two Blade films but appeared in Blade: Trinity as Hedges alongside Snipes and Ryan Reynolds. He’s joked about the movie’s poor reception and shared stories about his experiences on set.
One of his most-quoted tales involved Snipes’ behavior during filming, including his insistence on staying in character.
During a 2012 interview with A.V. Club, Oswalt said production was trouble from the get-go, but they made it fun. But according to him, Snipes “was just f*cking crazy in a hilarious way. He wouldn’t come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day.”
Oswalt claimed Snipes flipped out a couple times. “And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer.” He said one night the cast and crew went to a club together and Goyer asked some bikers to come to set to be his protection.
Oswalt asserted that bothered Snipes and the next day, he asked Goyer to quit. They had a spat.
Laughing, Oswalt told the outlet, “And that freaked Wesley out so much that, for the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through Post-it notes. And he would sign each Post-it note ‘From Blade.’”
This story has followed Snipes through the years, and he’s well aware of it.
Snipes refutes rumors in new interview
Snipes recently spoke to The Guardian about his current projects, his old tax evasion case, police brutality, and those pesky “diva” claims. When asked about Oswalt’s story, Snipes was cynical and stated Oswalt was not a reliable authority.
“Let me tell you one thing. If I had tried to strangle David Goyer, you probably wouldn’t be talking to me now. A Black guy with muscles strangling the director of a movie is going to jail, I guarantee you.”
Snipes emphasized that he never went to jail for strangling anyone. He further questioned why folks were so inclined to believe Oswalt’s versions of events.
“Why would people believe his version is true? Because they are predisposed to believing the Black guy is always the problem,” he said. “And all it takes is one person, Mr. Oswalt, who I really don’t know. I can barely remember him on the set, but it’s fascinating that his statement alone was enough to make people go: ‘Yeah, you know Snipes has got a problem’.”
Snipes noted that he was an executive producer on the film and was in the position to make decisions. “I had contractual director approval. I was not just the actor for hire. I had au-thor-i-ty to say, to dictate, to decide. This was a hard concept for a lot of people to wrap their heads around.”
What’s next for the actor?
Snipes mentioned he’s working on some tech-related projects but as far as acting, he can currently be seen in Cut Throat City (now streaming) and Coming 2 America, which is due for a December release.
And as for Marvel’s Blade reboot, he’s totally cool with Ali’s casting as the fanged superhero.
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