It is interesting to note that Get on The Bus is Lee’s first film in which he does not play a starring role. Despite this fact his presence was still felt through the character Xavier. I know that when I viewed the film I clearly saw similarities between himself and Xavier (AKA “X”), a UCLA film student who is making a documentary film on the Million Man March.
Lee shares the character’s passion for his school and documenting major moments for his race. Lee is constantly promoting his alma mater, NYU, in popular culture and X not only reps his UCLA sweatshirt while he is on the bus, but during the roll call sequence, the only qualifying factor he adds to the song is that he is a bruin. Moreover, Lee from the onset has always made films that comment and document the history and current issues within and around the African-American community, something that X is doing with his own work within the film.