As part of the American Black Film Festival, some of the cast of “The Best Man 2” — including director Malcolm D. Lee — did a panel discussion with journalist Shaun Robinson. They answer some of the questions we all are dying to know, make a few revelations — Sanaa Lathan:’s character is pregnant! — and get the audience excited for this sequel to hit theaters.
Why a sequel 14 years later?
Malcolm D. Lee: â€œI would describe this movie as the right script at the right time. I was timing it, thatâ€™s how this business works, in success they want to make more of the same thingâ€¦We met in Jan 2011 and after everyone said they would do it, Morris said, Ok what is the next step? I said, We have to wait until Jumping the broom comes out and see how that movie does, and Morris said we donâ€™t need them, and that might be true but it will prove to the studios that black people would want to go see movies about successful black people.â€œ â€œNobody up here did it for the money, they did it for the Love of the movie.â€
The studio is not sure, even though the first one was a success, and they got the cast and everything and theyâ€™re still not sure?
Sanaa: â€œAll of a sudden the studio wasnâ€™t sure. We are not sure that it has all of the elements as the first one. We couldnâ€™t believe that they couldnâ€™t see it. We did a table read and acted it all out like a play. It was basically like we were auditioning as this cast for the movie. â€œ
Malcolm: â€œAfter the table read, they were just blown away. They said, You know what? Reading it on this page doesnâ€™t compare to hearing the words out loud.â€
Letâ€™s talk about the first day on set. What was that moment like?
Nia Long: â€œWe were bad little kids, We were so excited.â€
Sanaa: â€œWe were like 12 year olds at camp. We all love each other we are like family. We literally are friends and we hang out. Itâ€™s been damn near 20 years now so we are pretty family and we get to work together. We were so loud. We had a blast.â€
Nia: What came out of this was such passion from all of us. Weâ€™ve all worked together before but it was so special with this one. We are really solid in who we are and then when you get to play a character you already know, itâ€™s like Woohoo we have grown.
Sanaa: One of the things that kind of always blew my mind during this whole process, is, how crazy that all 9 of us are still in the business and that all of us are alive. What are the odds of 9 people not being crazy walking down the street. The odds of being in this world for 15 years where people fall off.
What should we expect from the soundtrack â€¦?
Malcom: I canâ€™t give away too much, but a couple of artists already contributed to the movie. Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton do a duet that will knock you guys out. There are a lot of Christmas songs and a lot of remakes, it will be a mix but satisfying.