Dave Chappelle


I shot a Pepsi spot with Dave Chappelle. It didn’t run much and I’ll never know why. The guy was (is) brilliant. Maybe some of the racist bullshit from Ray Charles is still around. Anyway, there was a bit of chaos around the shoot. We were filming on the third or fourth floor of a Greenwich Village townhouse and people kept coming up the stairs.  We had already wasted a few hours on wardrobe and I wanted to get on with it.  The last straw was someone coming up the stairs yet again.  I screamed an obscenity. A beautiful young woman with a baby in her arms came around the landing.  Dave said, ‘That’s my wife.’ He worked his ass off anyway and made the spot. I didn’t get a Christmas Card from him though.