Director of 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Kenny Leon, helmer of “A Raisin in the Sun” which premiered at Sundance this year and will broadcast on ABC tonight.

Book I’m reading:
“Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“1984” by George Orwell
“The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran
The Bible

What book would you like to see brought to the big screen:
“What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day” by Pearl Cleage

Last film I saw:
“A Raisin in the Sun” at Sundance. Before that it was “The Bucket List,” directed by Rob Reiner

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Victor Fleming
“Dog Day Afternoon,” directed by Sidney Lumet
“The Godfather,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment:
Samuel L. Jackson

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen:
James Cagney

If you could play any real-life person in a movie:
Nelson Mandela because of his depth and scope; he would be an amazingly expansive character, and it would be huge to explore all of his different sides and his understanding of the human being.

Who do you look to for inspiration:
God

Song currently playing in my iPod:
“September”

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
“My Funny Valentine”
“No One,” Alicia Keys
“Thank you for Letting me be Myself Again” by Sly and the Family Stone

Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind? What are they
“Some people call me a space cowboy, some call me the gangster of love, some people call me Maurice, cause I speak of the pompitous of love,” the Steve Miller Band

Concert that changed your life:
Prince on his solo concert in the Round, a couple years back

Guilty Pleasures:
Butter pecan and Heineken

Best hangover remedy:
A shot of Patron and a cup of honey

What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
Biggest upside – You can find out everything
Biggest downside – You can find out everything (too much access)

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Trust your gut (and your gut only)

Do you have a dream project?:
To revisit the musical “A Cabin in the Sky” and to do a screened version of August Wilson’s “Fences”

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
sun, golf, the first breath of fresh air, push-ups, sit-ups, and reading the Bible

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island” and Elizabeth Montgomery from “Bewitched”

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
Driving; I like to just get on the expressway and drive with no destination in mind.
Going to the movies by myself

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
For me, a mountain lion; I’d rather take my chances with a woman

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
A Lakers game next to Spike Lee

Worst purchase made in last year:
I bought some really nice cologne in London the last time I was there and the airport Security took it from me b/c I couldn’t carry it on the plane. That was bad.

What’s the real reason behind answering these questions:
I’m hoping that if I answer these questions, Variety will say something about my film.

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Nelson Mandela
Bishop Tutu
Athol Fugard
Elton John
Jane Fonda

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