Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Love and Basketball”

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August 27, 2012 ‐ By

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Love and Basketball was the bridging of two seemingly unrelated worlds, athletics and love. But the story came together seamlessly, with the help of the talented Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps. The film, the first for director Gina Prince-Bythewood, would go on to become the highest grossing film produced by a black woman at that time, (2001). Let’s dive in and see how this movie was made, and the secrets behind this romantic classic.

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  • OKina Alford

    One of my all time favs…but if you watch the commentary on the dvd you will pretty much know all of this stuff.

  • Alexandra101

    Great movie! And the scene was perfect! They were the best 2 to play these roles! It looked like it came so natural to both of them!! Q is do handsome too!!

  • leyley

    it was very accurate

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannaAspearman Shanna Spearman

    I thought it was extremely accurate. The first time hurts – Period! Only if you have a partner who knows what they are doing can it turn from pain to pleasure. I loved the vulnerability, tenderness, and the love shown throughout the entire scene.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NFXKPLNVHM3DYPKEEVNQITWVX4 Lena

    I wonder if that is just what they told her, or maybe they just didn’t
    tell Sanaa the truth. Either way, Sanaa knocked it out of the park!
    She even got that “girls basketball walk” down pat.I am beautiful woman and I love good
    man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I joined —blackwhitеPlanet.С0M—–it’s where to- connect with beautiful and excellent
    people!I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it and I am floored to learn that Sanaa had no skills prior to that! She represented!

  • Erica

    I know that it hits home with a lot of athletes across the nation. This movie is the voice of many athletes like myself. Most female athletes are late with the whole romance and sex thing, but when we give in our love is so strong and true. Most times it is a guy from the men’s team… You connect on so many levels! Great depiction! I still cannot watch it again… And I’m happily married with children. My first was a basketball player at my college… And I played for the girls team:)

  • kfbd

    i will always LOVE this movie! it had me AND my boyfriend tearing up at the end. the love scene was one of the best most realistic ones i’ve seen in a movie in a long time.

  • Ms_Mara

    I love this movie! Still watch it every once in a while. I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it and I am floored to learn that Sanaa had no skills prior to that! She represented!

  • bigdawgman

    I thought the other girl didn’t get the role because the NCAA wouldn’t let her be in a movie (publicity). I wonder if that is just what they told her, or maybe they just didn’t tell Sanaa the truth. Either way, Sanaa knocked it out of the park! She even got that “girls basketball walk” down pat.

  • Rashida

    My favorite movie!!!!

  • christmas808

    great article I hope Ms
    Prince-Bythewood writes another script Love and Basketball is one of my favorite movies

  • flyer27

    I’ll drink Sanaa Lathan bathl water. She’s hot. Bet it tastE good.

  • missaah

    I watched this movie so much, I had my Mom mad and asking me if I had a personal connection with it. LOL This is my favorite movie!

  • Yvette

    I think that was a very realistic love scene. Sanaa did an excellent job portraying a girl having sex for the first time with her boyfriend, and Omar was spot on.

  • fek

    LOL that shocked look on sanaa’s characters face and the smirk on Omars character..CLASSIC!!

  • laila

    That love scene was GREAT…one of my fave movies of all time

  • ijs

    love love love love love this movie xoxoxoxoxo

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  • TiteyWhitey

    What??? No foreplay????

    • f00768500

      EXACTLY what *I* thought! And for a virgin, surely she should have had a bigger reaction to what was effectively a forced (albeit loving) entry?!?

  • Jenn

    Loved this movie….! :)

    • stillJUICYbaby!

      Still love this movie.

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