Nick Knight, the director of Kanye West‘s IMAX film Jesus Is King, has opened up about working with the rapper. In a recent interview published to his fashion website SHOWstudio, Knight compared the experience of creating with West to working with Alexander McQueen, noting the similarities between the two.
“Working with Kanye is very similar in many ways to how I worked with Alexander McQueen, understanding his world and his desires,” Knight explained. “Both men are extremely complex and extremely passionate about their lives. Both extremely honest and sincere, both are often misunderstood by a media that wants an overly simple answer to the most complex questions.”
Knight described Kanye as “a totally unique person both culturally and spiritually and someone who I respect enormously.” He explains that Kanye’s vision for Jesus Is King showed “a lack of ego and modest humility.” Instead, Ye was entirely about his faith and not about portraying himself. “[Kanye] said ‘This isn’t a film that is about me, this is a film about worship – that’s a universal thing.’ He certainly didn’t want to be ‘Kanye West, the star of this film.’”
You can find local listings for the Jesus Is King film here.