While the holiday season is still a few weeks away, the TCL Chinese Theater was in full-fledged festivity for the Universal preem of “The Best Man Holiday.”
Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee was joined at the event by most of the returning cast of 1999’s “The Best Man,” including Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun, Regina Hall and Sanaa Lathan.
At the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel afterparty, Chestnut said it was completely natural coming back for the second installment and felt like a beat wasn’t missed.
“It was like getting back on a bike,” he said.
Chestnut added that a week before they started shooting, Lee actually had them all watch the original film.
Lee said he thought this might ease any tension the cast may have had coming back to the franchise. “They were all a little reluctant at first but once we watched the film and saw those original performances we knew we could make it work,” Lee said.
Lee said he as an idea for a third film but first needs to see how this film does and how fans react to it.
In one scene, the male castmembers cover New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain” in an impromptu talent show. The scene was a big hit at the premiere. Chestnut was clear, however, who would win a real-life talent show among the cast with his dancing skills: Harold Perrineau.
“Yeah, that’s one competition I’m not winning,” Chestnut said.
(pictured: Harold Perrineau, Nia Long and Melissa De Sousa)