Thursday, July 4, 2013

"Best Man" Holiday Sequel

After fourteen years on the shelf, look for a holiday sequel to "Best Man" in November. Stars Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall, picks up when the group of friends reunite over the Christmas holidays.

The original film grossed over $35 million at the box office. Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote, directed and co-produced the original, will resume all three roles for the sequel.

Long reprises her role as Jordan Armstrong, Harper Stewart’s (played by Diggs) best friend from college and former love interest. In an interview with the Grio at the 2013 American Black Film Festival, she talks about what it was like to play an MSNBC producer in the film.

“It’s very stressful, because you gotta be quick, straight to the point, and sometimes people are not going to like what you have to say.”
In a new trailer for The Best Man Holiday, Long’s character kisses Eddie Cibrian who stars as her on-screen love interest. In the Grio interview, Long weighed in on her character’s interracial love interest.
“You love who you love, and you should be with who you love,” Long said when asked about her stance on interracial dating. “That’s the end of the story for me.”
Chestnut, who reprises his role as Lance Sullivan in Best Man Holiday, says he doesn’t feel pressure from fans of the original Best Man to “get it right” with the sequel.
“Once we made the first film, I don’t think that people were thinking about a sequel,” said Chestnut. “It’s been fourteen years, and if we mess it up, they can go back to the original…. Obviously we still have the first one to stand on even if this one doesn’t work, so I didn’t feel pressure at all.”
Persanally, I enjoyed the original film and look forward to the sequel. The first film had well-defined characters presented in a warm ensemble and a interesting story line about love, marriage and relationships. It was an impressive debut for Malcolm D. Lee and I expect no less in the coming romantic comedy.

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