Director Antoine Fuqua — who is making a documentary for Showtime on rap mogul Suge Knight — at first thought Knight had been killed when he first got word of Knight's shooting on Aug. 24.
Speaking to KPCC's The Frame, Fuqua said, "I was in New York. I just finished 'Southpaw,' and I had just spoken to Suge that morning about grabbing dinner when I got back to finish talking about the doc and catch up on things. By the time I landed, I got a ton of calls that said he was shot. The first call I got said he was dead, because he was shot six times. That's what I was told. I spoke to a few of his close people, and they said that he'll survive it and that he's OK. I didn't want to know much more than that, really; I just wanted to make sure the guy was OK. I wouldn't wish that on anybody."
Fuqua is best known for directing high-octane action films such as “Training Day,” "Shooter" and "Olympus Has Fallen."
He recently re-teamed with Denzel Washington for “The Equalizer,” which opens in late September. He also just wrapped the boxing drama “Southpaw” with Jake Gyllenhaal, which will be out next year.
While working on those feature films, he’s been making his documentary about Knight. Knight, the controversial co-founder of Death Row Records, was in the news after he was shot multiple times at a West Hollywood club.
Knight is recovering from surgery and is expected to survive.
We asked Fuqua about how he heard about the shooting, and he explains the intended message of his Suge Knight documentary: