Mateen says that he's seen a lot of death in his life, including his parents and best friend.
Mateen's best friend Derek Crumpler died when he was thirty years old.
In college Mateen majored in Accounting and Economics.
Throughout high school and college Mateen was a football jock.
As a child, one of Mateen's family rituals is to go out to eat and see a movie on Sunday.
Mateen's favorite films include Deep Cover, To Sleep with Anger, Enter the Dragon, Do the Right Thing, North by Northwest, Notorious, Cure, Get on the Bus, Daughters of the Dust, All About Eve, The Kiss of Death (original), Shaft, Killer of Sheep, Coming to America, The Matrix, Heat, The Five Deadly Venoms, The Audition, Love Jones, Cooley High, Casablanca, High Noon, Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, Mulholland Drive, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Gumba the Tyrant, The Spook who Sat by the Door, Xala, Sniper, Platoon, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Third Man, Chinatown, Aliens, Damage, Breaking the Waves, The Limey. Requiem for a Dream, Sideways, Full Metal Jacket, An Affair to Remember, Menace II Society, Sexy Beast, Robin Hood.
Mateen's favorite actors include Cary Grant, Jeffrey Wright, Lawrence Fishburne, Denzel Washington, Errol Flynn, Tony Leung, Jack Lemmon, Chow Yun Fat, Tim Robbins, Bogie, Charles Laughton, Sean Penn, Deniro in the 70's and early 80's, Wesley Snipes, Dick Anthony Williams.
Mateen's favorite actresses include Angela Basset, Meryl Streep, Naomi Watts, Bette Davis, Sophia Loren, and Pam Grier.
Mateen's favorite screenwriters are Spike Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Alfred Hitchcock, Noah Baumbach, The Brothers Mankiewicz. Novelist / Poet-- Walter Moseley, William Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Charles Dickens, Amiri Baraka, J. California Cooper, Octavia Butler, Claude Mckay, Nikki Giovanni.
Mateen says that he doesn't really pay attention to who produces films.
Mateen's favorite film directors include Spike Lee, Charles Burnett, David Lynch, Bernardo Bertollucci, Orson Wells, Alfonso Cuaron, Hitchcock, Koyoshi Kurosawa, Akira Kurosawa, War Kar Wai, Clint Eastwood, Soderbergh, Lars Von Trier, Oliver Stone, Catherine Breillat, Ang Lee.
The biggest challenge for Mateen on On The Lot is not having enough time to prepare for his films.
Mateen thinks that talent is more important than ego, because talent can produce ego, but ego cannot produce talent.
Mateen says that the best movie that describes who he is is Terminator.
Mateen was voted off On The Lot July 24, 2007.
Mateen says when he's behind the camera, he's in the zone.
The first movie Mateen ever saw was Shaft.
Mateen's occupation before starring in On The Lot was teaching.