Quincy Jones Faced Battle With Racist Capote Over Film Job
Music legend QUINCY JONES almost missed out on his breakthrough movie role because writer TRUMAN CAPOTE objected to a black man scoring his film.
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."