Topher Grace reached out to police after getting a threatening phone call about his role in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, TMZ reports. In the film, Grace plays former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.
The star tells police that the caller referred to him using a gay slur and then warned him that taking on the role would "ruin race relations in America." He reportedly described the caller as "aggressive" and "angry".
The film follows the true story of Ron Stallworth (played by Denzel’s son John David Washington), a black detective who infiltrates a local KKK chapter in Colorado Springs in the 1970s. While he talked to KKK members over the phone, Stallworth got one of his white colleagues to impersonate him at meetings. At one point, he speaks to Duke (Grace) over the phone.
Grace, who has received largely positive review for the role, previously told IndieWire that playing such an epic racist has taken an emotional toll on him. BlacKkKlansman opened last weekend, and delivered Lee’s best opening weekend in a decade ($11M).