New Spike Lee film ‘BlacKkKlansman’ based on Utah man

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LOS ANGELES (News4Utah) – Stars flocked to the red carpet for the LA-premiere of the new Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman.

The movie is based on the story of a former Utah police officer who went undercover in the Ku Klux Klan.

In 2014, News4Utah’s Brian Carlson reported on Ron Stallworth’s story. In 1979, while working in Colorado Springs and with the help of another detective, Stallworth gained the trust of the local KKK and convinced them to give him membership.

Brian Carlson: Now you’re walking down the red carpet with Spike Lee.  How do you feel? 
Ron Stallworth: It’s hard to put into words. It’s very surreal. It’s an out of body experience.

John David Washington (plays Stallworth in the film):  For me, it’s just inspiring when I see these performances.  It’s inspiring when I see Spike Lee where he is in his career. He’s accomplished everything and he’s just as exuberant, this youthful energy, every day on set that trickles over. It’s contagious.

Spike Lee: Black man infiltrates KKK.  That’s six words. It’s six words. That never happens.

BlacKkKlansman premieres nationwide on Friday, August 10.

Watch the full trailer below: 

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