Directors, producers, writers and actors everywhere aspire to be like John Singleton, 39, who made a name for himself thanks to Boyz N the Hood, Higher Learning, Poetic Justice and Hustle and Flow. Who did he aspire to be like?
Steven Spielberg,” he told OK! at the NYC premiere of his latest flick, Illegal Tender, on Aug. 20. “With Steven, he made really emotional movies with a lot of heart and soul. I also like George Lucas and Francis Coppola.”
His next project, Tulia, reteams Halle Berry with Billy Bob Thornton, who worked together on 2001’s Monster’s Ball. What does he love about this dramatic duo?
“Just the fact that they’re both Academy Award–winning actors and they’re on top of their craft in terms of skill,” he told OK!.
By Valerie Nome
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