Taye did an interview for MovieFone where he talks about The Best Man Holiday!
Taye Diggs leads the cast of the romantic comedy-drama “The Best Man Holiday,” the sequel to the much-loved 1999 film, “The Best Man,” which opens this Friday.
Fourteen years later, the same friendships and rivalries are in full play among these old friends. Diggs’s writer character, Harper, is desperate for his next hit book and thinks secretly profiling one of his famous friends while they’re spending the holidays together might be the ticket to success.
Diggs sat down with Moviefone to talk about the highlights of making “The Best Man Holiday,” which include performing a New Edition number, hanging out with the Buffalo Bills, and wine-fueled “Voice” viewing parties.
WARNING: Minor spoilers ahead!
Moviefone: How did making the first movie change your life?
Taye Diggs: Well, “The Best Man” is considered a classic, and it changed my life in that I was lucky enough to have it on my resumé. A lot of movies used “The Best Man” as kind of a model, and I was proud to be part of one of the first of its kind. I met some really great people that continue to be in my life, so I’m very big on friendship and relationships. To have experienced that movie with those people was special. And for me, as an actor, to be one of the leads in a movie like that, I also proved to myself that this wasn’t a fluke, that I could do this and that I could have a good time doing it.
Had you stayed in touch with most of the cast?
We’ve all kept in contact just because it’s a small industry and it’s a small town. But that being said, it was really great to kind of go back to theater camp with them. It was different because we have families now, relationships; we had to deal with that. People were leaving on the weekends to see their kids. But when we did get together, it was a ball.
And everyone was happy to come back?
Oh, yeah. As far as I know. [Smiles]
You have that scene where you, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, and Harold Perrineau lip-synch and dance to New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain” for the ladies. Was that the most fun days you had on the set?
Yeah, that was one of the most fun. I love to dance, and Harold and I both have a dance background. So that was a ball. The way it was filmed, Malcolm was kind of brilliant, he made sure that we knew when we were filming, whether or not the cameras were on the girls, they would be there watching, so that we could get a real reaction from them. That added a certain element and put a certain spirit in the air. It was like live theater, we were performing for a live audience.