Spike Lee says that President Donald Trump's refusal to condemn the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville a year ago was a "pivotal moment in American history".
"BlacKkKlansman", based on the true story of an African-American police detective in the 1970s who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, arrives in movie theaters on Friday.
After Charlottesville, Lee made a decision to end his movie with documentary footage from the protests, including the auto that rammed into Heyer and Trump's response blaming "both sides" for the violence. "He hadn't", Lee said.
"No, I don't use his name either- agent orange", Lee said.
"He wanted to talk about the fact that he's concerned about how he's going to be portrayed in this film", Stallworth said alongside Lee during an interview with NBC's Nightly News host Lester Holt.
"BlacKkKlansman", also starring Adam Driver and John David Washington, has won warm reviews, scoring a rare 100 percent approval from top critics on aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The director recalls watching the protests on TV and going to tell Obama about it as he was playing golf on a course near Lee's house.
The New York Times called it "a furious, funny, blunt and brilliant confrontation with the truth".