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The L: How do you decide what to do next?
MP: My muse makes that decision I don’t. My muse coupled with market forces makes that decision. I enjoy it all. Which is more difficult? They’re all the same. I have this secret I’m reluctant to give it away and since it’s you and we’re old buddies I’ll tell you. I have the paper delivered to me in the morning and I glance at the obituary column. If I’m not there I get up.
The L: When you think about your life, do you think anything has changed or evolved?
MP: Let’s call a spade a spade. No pun intended. I’m the Rosa Parks of modern black cinema. None of this would have happened. I took major risks and I did it. Duh. But I knew that. I knew I might not make it but golly I did. I have no qualms about basking, I deserve it.