*Comedian, film producer, writer and rapper Mike Epps is back on the big screen.
Epps spoke with EURweb’s Lee Bailey, about his new dramatic role.
EURweb’s Lee Bailey, sat down with the thespian to talk about the film and Whitaker’s firsthand experience with the mentally ill.
Lee Bailey: Is your character crazy?
Forest Whitaker: “I don’t think he is crazy. Think he is struggling with his own pain and issue. He has been trying to keep his life together. He lost his mom and he doesn’t understand why and as a result he’s taking medication; that doesn’t make you crazy.”
FW: “The movie is a lot about dealing with your past pains and having to deal with past issues and address them and look at them to see about moving forward and this character has all those things. He’s a very complicated character in a lot of ways with mental challenges. To play all these things while seeking the truth was an interesting ground to walk.”
LB: How did you prepare for this role? What was it like playing this kind of character?
FW: “I did research. One of the first jobs I had in college was at a half way house for the mentally disturbed. Personally and internally it wasn’t fun to play this kind of role. The experience with the cast was fun.”
In the film, a successful author and spiritual advisor (Anthony Mackie) takes on a troubled man (Whitaker) as a client, completely unaware that the man’s fixation on his mother’s death will soon put his life in jeopardy.
“Repentance” is the first major film production of CodeBlack Films since its merger with Lions Gate Entertainment.
Watch the multi-award winner talk about his new role here.
Sanaa Lathan admitted she didn’t know there was more to “The Best Man” story, but was convinced otherwise.
And she feels the same way about a potential “Love & Basketball” sequel.
*The gorgeous and sexy Sanaa Lathan, whose currently riding a wave of popularity with “Best Man Holiday,” is denying (with a grin) rumors that she’s dating San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
It all started after she posted a photo with Kaepernick on her Instagram page in September. The actress, 42, hasn’t able to rest ’cause folks keep bothering her with questions as to whether she and Kaepernick, 26, are an item.
“That night I was just at a dinner and I took a picture with him. And he’s a cutie pie,” she tells ESSENCE. “All of a sudden the rumors are out there.”
“No, it’s not happening with Colin Kaepernick,” she adds.
Meanwhile, Lathan also dishes on her on-screen chemistry with “Best Man Holiday” co-star Taye Diggs and shares details of her next project, “Repentance,” opposite Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker.
*Spending the holidays with grown folks definitely has its advantages, as the characters of Universal’s “The Best Man Holiday” can attest to. But co-star Taye Diggs says there’s absolutely nothing like having little ones around this time of the year.
“Now I got my own little boy, and there’s just that level of enjoyment and excitement that comes with having a baby,” said Diggs of his son Walker Nathaniel Diggs, who at 4-years-old is not quite a baby anymore.
During interviews for the film last week, Diggs – alongside “The Best Man Holiday” co-star Sanaa Lathan, explains what his Halloween was like this year with Walker.
“The Best Man Holiday” opens nationwide on Friday, Nov. 14. Watch the trailer below.
“The Best Man Holiday“ the sequel to the Malcolm D. Lee romantic comedy. All nine cast members – Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall – reprise their career launching roles.
While the college friends reunite over the Christmas Holidays on the big screen, the cast of friends reunited behind the scenes.
“Being able to hang out socially, looking forward to the time when the cameras are rolling, and the time when the cameras aren’t rolling, makes the entire experience truly enjoyable.” Diggs said the atmosphere on set didn’t feel like work.
His on screen wife, Sanaa Lathan, had a lot of fun on set: “We would have ‘Voice’ parties. The only thing that would air on TV was ‘The Voice,’ so everyone would get together and watch the show.”
“We were like college kids,” in a good way said Long. “We would have intense conversations about everything. We would get into debates about love and relationships. It was great!”
“We didn’t want to be labeled just for the holiday season.” Perrineau said the group liked “‘Best Man Unfinished Business’, the name of Harpers’ (Diggs) book.” But Lathan is holding to her opinion and says she “still doesn’t like the title.”
The movie poster got it right. Times change. Friendships don’t.
‘The Best Man Holiday‘ opens nationwide next weekend on November 15.