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Did You Know Spike Lee Produced “The Best Man?” Five Things You May Not Know about the Film

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“Best Man Holiday” was the #1 movie in America, raking in $10.7 million on it’s first night and dethroning “Thor: The Dark World” in the process.  Millions of black people flocked to see the film after waiting for years to have a sequel come out to the film they loved from 1999.

Here are a few things you might not know about “The Best Man,” not the film that came out this weekend, but the one that got you hooked back in 1999:

1)      The film was directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by his cousin, Spike Lee.

2)      The budget for the original film was $9 million and it eventually earned $34.1 million at the box office.

3)      The film is considered to be the breakout performance for the career of Terrence Howard, and also the film that made Morris Chestnut into a sex symbol in the early 2000s. Jason Clark in a review for Allmovie.com, stated that Howard “commands the screen with such abandon that one secretly wishes the film could have been all about his oddly captivating character.”

4)      All eight main cast members for the film received nominations for the 2000 NAACP Image Awards.  Howard and Nia Long actually won.  The film was also selected as the Outstanding Motion Picture for 2000.

5)       Malcolm Lee joined his cousin Spike in criticizing the work of Tyler Perry.  “He’s not interested in art, he’s interested in turning out a product,” he said.