In its opening weekend, The Perfect Guy won the box office with a surprise $26.7 million, but star Morris Chestnut says that he’s thought of the film as a winner from very beginning.
“I loved the script, but once we sat down with [director] David Rosenthal, it was a situation where I said ‘Man, I want to work with him,'” says Chestnut. “He’s a very interesting storyteller …It was just one of those things I wanted to do.”
In The Perfect Guy, Chestnut plays David King, a dapper guy whose breakup with lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan), leaves her susceptible to the dubious charms of Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy). Though Chestnut and Lathan have shared film credits in the past – with titles like The Best Man and The Best Man Holiday – their new flick marks the first time the two have actually shared screen time.
“We’ve done two Best Man movies, but we’ve never had scenes together,” says Chestnut. “So it was really great to work with her in that regard.”
Which begs an all-important question: With the third installment in the Best Man series scheduled for theatrical release in 2016, how’s production going?
“Unfortunately, we’re not exactly sure when it’s going to happen,” Chestnut says of Best Man Wedding, citing scheduling conflicts given his upcoming Fox procedural Rosewood. Co-stars Terrence Howard and Taye Diggs are equally busy, he explains, adding, “We’ve all read the script, and it’s a really good script, but with Terrence now on Empire, Taye on Murder in the First and me on Rosewood, it’s going to be difficult to make happen.”
With production on The Best Man Wedding at a standstill, fans will just have to console themselves with repeat viewings of Malcom D. Lee’s rom-com series – though, for the record, Chestnut considers The Best Man Holiday his favorite of the two films.
“The first one was just a lot of fun, but I would say I liked the second one best,” says Chestnut. “I like the tone shifts where one minute you’re laughing and the next minute you’re crying.”
He adds, “People tell me all the time they came to the movie to laugh and have a good time, and didn’t expect the emotional stuff.”
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