10 reasons I'm obsessed with the 'Step Up' movies
The dance-movie franchise is back with a fourth entry: ''Step Up Revolution.'' Why have the films been so enduring? Because they're kind of awesome.
1. Step Up made Channing Tatum a leading man long before Magic Mike.
2. At least four cast members from the series — Sonja Sohn, Deirdre Lovejoy, Melvin Jackson Jr., and Shaunte Usual — also appeared on The Wire.
3. Step Up Revolution is reminiscent of Occupy Miami. The 99-percenter dancers protest a wealthy developer who wipes out local businesses. And the gas masks and riot-guard shields recall the Occupy Miami police raid on Jan. 31.
4. Step Up director Anne Fletcher choreographed Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly’s disco-dancing scenes in Boogie Nights.
5. The villains in Step Up 3D are break-dancing samurai — literally. The Wu Tang Clan couldn’t have cast it better.
6. Step Up Revolution‘s Michael ”Xeno” Langebeck is a real-life graffiti artist who got his start working in Miami’s underground hip-hop scene.
7. Much of the choreography in the movies is done by Nadine ”Hi-Hat” Ruffin, who has worked with Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Missy Elliott.
8. Step Up Revolution features a major dance scene in an art museum, and there’s a cameo by Art Basel provocateur Jillian Mayer, who’s known for her viral video ”I Am Your Grandma.”
9. You might recognize Step Up 2‘s Telisha Shaw from that episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in which she punches Charlie in the face for being racist.
10. The final dance scene in Step Up Revolution was inspired by the 1979 street-gang cult classic The Warriors.