Fight Between ‘Light & Dark’ Actors Was Real On School Daze…Here’s Why

Posted On : January 11, 2021
‘Fight scene’ from “School Daze”

The 80’s film, School Daze, was about college life on a predominately Black college campus, “Mission College,” but it was also about the ever-present stereotypes and stigmas that still plague society today in regards to skin complexion, race and hair. Well the truth of the matter is that director, Spike Lee, did a great job recreating that tension not just on-camera, but off-camera as well. In order for him to get the best out of the actors, he wanted to create a real life atmosphere that may spark some tension between those who played the high-sadity characters and those who played the self-aware and “JigaBoo” characters, so he did something about it.

“WannaBes” actresses in “School Daze”

Spike separated the actors’ living quarters throughout the duration of filming. He had the “WannaBe” actors stay in a higher end hotel and the “JigaBoo” actors stay in a less extravagant hotel without as many accommodations and frills.

“JigaBoos” actresses in “School Days”

And that is where the REAL-LIFE tension was probably bred. So much so, that the fight scene we saw during the “Daddy Long Stroke” chant that “Dap” (Laurence Fishburne) and his boys were performing at the Greek show was as REAL as a hundred dollar bill! That’s right, when “Dap” and the fellas started chanting “So just get back, or we’ll kick your Gamma a$$” to the “Gamma Phi Gamma” fraternity, things got really real. A fight broke out between the actors -that was NOT in the script- and Spike apparently told the camera crew to keep filming as the fight continued. As you can see, they kept that chaotic scene in the movie. That is crazy right?!!

Check out the fight below and see if you can tell where it got real at…

We can only imagine that some of that animosity in that sing-off between the “JigaBoos” and “WannaBes” in the hair salon was real too.

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