Leon spoke about appearing in Madonna’s controversial “Like a Prayer” video shortly after co-starring with Robin Givens in the ABC miniseries, “The Women of Brewster Place.” Leon initially turned Madonna down because he was more focused on studio films and didn’t receive details on what his role would be. But after his agent suggested he meet with the director because it could lead to more work, he became intrigued by the role and knew the song would be a hit. However, Leon was unaware that the video would become a major news story due to the controversial imagery of Madonna dancing in front of burning crosses. Despite the controversy, Leon spoke on how well the video relates to today by addressing interracial relationships and the policing of African Americans.
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