*Harold Perrineau made a name for himself on TV — appearing in “Lost,” “Oz” and “Sons of Anarchy.”
But last year he returned to his most popular film role yet as Julian in “The Best Man Holiday.”
And like the original film, he had quite a bit of comedic scene time with his co-star Terrence Howard.
So it makes sense for Perrineau to dish to BET on not only the film franchise, but his co-star Howard as well.
The film is being released on DVD and Blue-Ray Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. One of the most acclaimed black-oriented films of 2013.
“I didn’t know how good it would do. That’s one of those things you just can never tell. You just don’t know. I did know how good the film was when I read the script. I knew how interested I was in all of the characters, where they were going and what was going on with them,” Perrineau said. “I think Malcolm Lee is a good writer and director as well. When I got the script I knew it was a great script and we had a good group of people to make this a really great film. We’d done it once, why couldn’t we do it again?”
But there’s been recently rumors of an upcoming third film and the ending of the last only sparked that conservation while the success of the sequel only fueled those rumors.
“I am not one of those people who has endless stories in his head, but I do think Malcolm is. And if Malcolm thinks there’s another story to be told I’ll take his lead and go with him. I’ll tell whatever story he wants to tell. And yes, if they ask me to be in a third film, I will be there [Laughs],” he said.
And the ending of the last film had to do with co-star Terrence Howard’s character Quentin. And Perrineau dished on working with him, their chemistry and his great comedic timing.
“The reason I like working with Terrence is because he’s not afraid to do anything. And he often has these wild outrageous ideas. In this Best Man it was his idea for him and I to do the Kung Fu fight. And I was like, “Terrence, c’mon, Kung Fu fight?” And he was like, [does a Terrence Howard impression] “C’mon man, why not?” And it turns out he was right because it was very, very funny,” he said.
He continued with, “before that scene there was a catastrophic event between some of the characters, so our fight was a really great comic relief moment. That genius is Terrence Howard — because he wants to try stuff and do stuff. Not to mention that within it, we’re also competing. We’re always like, “I can go further than you and I can go much further than you.” We’re always competing and I’m always on the losing end of that competition by the way. [Laughs].”
And as for great black-oriented films in the future — Perrineau hopes they’re here to stay.
“I’m going to be hopefully and skeptically optimistic about it. We certainly go through these types of trends very often. And it’s akin to asking if we live in post-racial America. Whether it stays or not, that is for history and time to tell. We did have a lot of very great films that had a lot of Black actors starring in them [last year.]”
He continued with, “hopefully what it is says is that there are stories to be told that are not always so typically the stories that have been told before. I hope it’s something that’s here to stay. Hopefully this American dream we’ve all been looking for turns into a reality, where we can all be equally represented in many different places in entertainment. I look forward to seeing what happens.
Read more of the interview at BET.