Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Adam Driver, and Corey Hawkins join director Spike Lee on the red carpet at the premiere of BlacKkKlansman at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on Monday (May 14) in Cannes, France. Or, in Lee parlance: "Dis joint is based upon some fo' real fo' real shit". Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department's rank and file. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a unsafe mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
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John David Washington (son of Denzel) plays Ron Stallworth, who convinced other Klan members over the phone that he was a white man, and went undercover to infiltrate the KKK. As you can tell, Stallworth is confused why Zimmerman, who's Jewish, doesn't have any "skin in the game". It's likely no coincidence that Lee-a provocateur known for his topical and political references-found a way to slip this line into his period piece. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a unsafe mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. And based on some early reactions from Cannes, it just might be.