Quincy Jones Faced Battle With Racist Capote Over Film Job09 February 2007
Quincy Jones Faced Battle With Racist Capote Over Film Job
The revered producer and film composer was hired to score the 1967 film In Cold Blood, which was adapted from Capote's book of the same name.
But when the writer learned that Jones had been given the job over his friend LEONARD BERNSTEIN, he lobbied director Richard Brooks to get rid of the budding composer.
Jones recalls, "You're talking about a time when universities didn't even have black people in the kitchen. It was a different day then and Richard really fought for me because Capote was not crazy about me doing the score. I don't blame him.
"He couldn't understand why I was doing a film with no black people in it. There were no black films then."
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