Anthony Mackie and Spike Lee

*Geez, do we have the makings of another beef between two brothers?

Spike Lee may have provided early exposure to Anthony Mackie in two of his movies, but the filmmaker’s view of gentrification in Brooklyn has exposed a rift in the way the two see the issue.

Mackie questioned Lee’s concern over the issue in a recent interview as he noted that Lee currently doesn’t live in his beloved borough. The “Pain & Gain” star further noted that Lee’s move to Manhattan’s Upper East Side is a form of “reverse gentrification” and ”as your tax brackets changes, I guess your zip code changes.”

Mackie’s comments come days after Lee appeared as a guest lecturer for an African American History Month event at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After an audience member mentioned gentrification as a positive shift in demographics, the director, an outspoken critic of what he feels is the whitewashing of Brooklyn, responded with a super-charged, rant.

Despite Lee’s views, Mackie was less than impressed as he implied that he is more connected to Brooklyn than the man who gave him a starring role in his 2004 films, “She Hate Me” and “Sucker Free City.”

“I live in Brooklyn. My address is in Brooklyn. I have two restaurants in Brooklyn. I don’t have a problem with gentrification,” Mackie stated. “The people [who] want to live in Brooklyn, move to Brooklyn.”

To see Anthony Mackie’s interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, click on the video below: