Spike Lee talks Haiti, Sean Penn and Wyclef Jean
"I only know Wyclef as a musician, so I can only speak of his musicianship," Lee says during the HBO press session Saturday (Aug. 7) for his HBO documentary "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise." "Whether he's a politician, that's something else."
"If God ..." is the filmmaker's follow-up to the Emmy-winning "When the Levees Broke." In the new documentary, Lee makes a correlation between New Orleans and Haiti, even visiting Sean Penn, who's camping out in Port Au Prince to help relief efforts.
"Sean Penn has put his dues, his time to speak about Haiti," observes Lee. "He's been down there from the get-go, he was there three days after the earthquake. "He's left everything here and has moved to Haiti. And he's not living in the palace, he's living in a tent, and I slept three nights there. It's not like he's living high on the hog. This is like a tent tent tent. So I respect his opinion."