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By Yolanda Spivey
If you could walk and talk during 1999, then I’m pretty sure you remember the romantic-comedy The Best Man. It was all the rave. This fictional movie told the story of a young man Harper Stewart played by Taye Diggs, who wrote an autobiographical book that detailed an affair he had with his best friend’s soon to be wife while they were in college. At the bachelor party, and subsequent events before the wedding, his best friend Lance, played by Morris Chestnut, get’s a hold of the book which is titled, “Unfinished Business”. While reading it, he realizes the affair that was had between his girlfriend Mia, played by Monica Calhoun and Harper. It stirs up a bunch of chaos and trouble, but in the end, all is well. In 2013, The Best Man Holiday was released and was number one at the box office during its theatrical debut. We won’t give away the plot to the sequel—you should go out and see the movie yourself.
Here are five interesting facts surrounding the original film, The Best Man:
- The Best Man and its sequel The Best Man Holiday were directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who happens to be the cousin of famed director Spike Lee. Malcolm D. Lee hails from Queens, NY and is also a screenwriter, producer and actor. He has directed other famous films such as Undercover Brother, Roll Bounce, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Soul Men and Scary Movie 5.
- Spike Lee served as producer of the film using his famous production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.
- The original Best Man movie was supposed to be the male version of the popular film Waiting To Exhale.
- The film received a very small budget of only $9 million and went on to make over $34 million dollars at the end of its theatrical run. It also received positive reviews from critics although they claimed that the film had “occasional moments of ripe humor,” and failed to “say anything new about troubled weddings or the experience of being an upwardly mobile African-American looking for love.”
- The film put Terrence Howard on the map, critics acclaim that this was his breakout film. In 2000 Terrence Howard and Nia Long won the NAACP Image Award for their portrayals in the film.