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This Is What It Was Like For Morris Chestnut And Regina Hall To Play Husband And Wife For The First Time
Morris Chestnut And Regina Hall are back on screen together, but not for the third installment of Best Man — though we can hardly wait for that — this time around these two are playing husband and wife in the romantic thriller When the Bough Breaks.
The flick had a great opening in theaters this past weekend and we’re not surprised, judging by Morris and Regina’s chemistry. The pair stopped by the office to talk about their latest film and we have to admit, they had us laughing the whole time. Check out what they had to say about being a couple on-screen, their favorite role that the other has played and their hidden talents.
The movie has been highly promoted with TV commercials, print ads, Internet ads, etc., which is not normally the case for a feature film starring majority Black actors. But When The Bough Breaks is a whole new breed of Black movie– the Black romantic thriller.
If you’ve been on a deserted island and don’t know the plot, the Sony-Screen Gems film is about a successful couple–Hall and Chestnut (who produced the flick)–who hire a young surrogate (Sinclair) to carry their baby. Of course, the beautiful surrogate is more than a bit crazy and becomes obsessed with Chestnut’s character.
Normally such storylines don’t feature Black actors, but obviously in this case it worked–and worked well. “The formula for the Hollywood romantic thriller is fairly consistent…But historically, never are any of the main characters Black,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.
Another plus is When The Bough Breaks cost just $10 million to make, so the film has already made its money back and then some in just three days. So it seems Black actors can lead successful romantic thrillers.
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When the Bough Breaks hits theaters on Friday, September 9. It stars Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut as Laura and John Taylor, a successful, married couple who are desperate to have a child. Unable to conceive naturally, they turn to a surrogate, Anna, played by Jaz Sinclair. She seems innocent, but really, the young woman is anything but. She tries her best to seduce John, and eventually becomes obsessed with him. And her obsession might turn deadly, lest John does something to stop Anna before it’s too late. This psychological thriller, rated PG-13, is very much in the vein of The Perfect Guy, No Good Deed and Obsessed. Romany Malco and Michael K. Williams round out the cast. Learn a little more about When the Bough Breaks before you see it on the big screen. Will you be watching to see how #ItAllWentWrong?
The Fox forensic procedural series Rosewood is gearing up for its second season, premiering on September 22. Starring the always sexy Morris Chestnut in his primetime debut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Rosie for short, the series cast includes the incomparable Lorraine Toussaint as Rosie’s mother, Donna, Gabrielle Dennis as Pippy, and Jaina Lee Ortiz as Detective Annalise Villa. Rosewood and Villa have an unmistakable chemistry, but they haven’t exactly been able to push past their own issues to fully seal the deal. Their budding relationship is certainly something to look forward to in Season 2. But that’s not the only reason you should tune in. Read on for some secrets behind the making of Rosewood.
Due out September 16, When The Bough Breaks is a thriller about a surrogate mom who loses her sh-t when her advances toward the soon-to-be father are rebuffed. It’s also the second film of Morris Chestnut’s three-picture deal with Screen Gems. The first was The Perfect Guy starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut.
In this psychological thriller, Regina Hall and Chestnut play Laura and John Taylor, a successful couple who are struggling to have a baby. When they hire a young woman named Anna (played by newcomer Jaz Sinclair), she seems perfect. But as her pregnancy advances, Anna becomes obsessed with John, and all hell breaks loose…see what I did there with the title?
The first trailer for the film came out this week, and it was the public’s first look at the picture. But I was able to visit the set of the Jon Cassar-directed film last spring in the bayous of New Orleans while cast and crew finished shooting one of the last scenes of the picture. Before much had materialized of the movie or promotion for it, the stars were giving reporters (like moi) the inside tea on it (including that the film was originally written for a White cast) and what to expect. Here’s a little without giving too much away.
“I love Laura, she’s amazing,” said Hall of her character, a major stretch from her usual comedic turns. “She goes through a lot. You see a woman who just really wants her child. It makes you think of the lengths that a mother really goes through for her children. I think Laura, although she’s not carrying the baby, the moment that baby has life, she’s like, ‘That’s my baby.’ So she has a different kind of fight, a different kind of strength.”
And as for John, Chestnut said his character is not what you think.
“He’s a loving husband who gets caught in a situation where he has to make some decisions. He’s an alpha male, so he feels what he does is best. But it turns out probably not to be the best decision.”
And Sinclair’s character of Anna definitely changes drastically from start to finish. Pregnancy hormones and unrequited love are just not a good mix.
“You never quite know who this girl is,” newcomer Sinclair said, “because she changes as the story changes.”
But we know that things are going to get very interesting–and violent. (We saw a scene that involved a lot of blood, a shotgun and a lot of bayou mosquitos…) And despite early questions of whether or not When The Bough Breaks is similar to other girl-falls-in-love-with-other-woman’s-life-and-tries-to-take-it films like The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Obsessed, Single White Female and more, Hall assured me that it’s different. But it never hurts to be compared to such great thrillers.
“There are always going to be comparisons, but I think on its own, the movie is great,” Hall said. “I mean, I think our director is so smart, and he’s done such beautiful work. I think it stands alone. Every culture is different, and it’s a different movie. But I loved The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. So if we’re compared to that, that’s where I would want it to be.”
Check out the trailer for yourself below and let us know if you will give this one a chance come September.
Can’t get enough of the new hit thriller The Perfect Guy? Read on for some juicy behind-the-scenes info on this box-office hit!
The Perfect Guy exceeded expectations this weekend, scoring the number one spot at the box office.
According to ABC News, the romance thriller earned $26.7 million at the weekend box office narrowly beating M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit, which earned $25.7 million.
Considering that the PG-13-rated film only cost $12 million to produce, Sony experienced some noteworthy success this weekend. Apparently, supportive female audiences are what helped the film to surge to the number one spot. An estimated 69 percent of The Perfect Guy’s weekend audience were women, and 58 percent were over the age 25.
“It bodes well for the longevity of the film. Not only is it a date movie, but it’s a film that girlfriends are going to go to together as well,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s President of Worldwide Distribution.
According to Entertainment Weekly, this marks the fifth consecutive weekend that a film starring Black actors and actresses has topped the box office. Labor Day weekend, War Room held the number one spot and prior to that, Straight Outta Compton maintained the top spot for three weekends straight.
Did you check out The Perfect Guy this weekend? What were your thoughts?
The Perfect Guy is number-one at the box-office and we know why. The new love thriller, produced by actress Sanaa Lathan and actor Michael Ealy, who also star in the steamy flick will truly have you on the edge of your seat. With eerie twists and turns, which mirror many new courtships, it is no surprise that The Perfect Guy is the date movie of the season.
After watching this chiller with my partner, we left the screening with a bunch of questions regarding speedy relationships. We asked each other about red flags and deal breakers when it comes to love.
A few days ago, Mommynoire met Michael and Sanaa over brunch at the 40/40 Club in New York City, where they candidly discussed how the film evolved and the lessons they learned about love.
But just a week ago, Mommynoire spoke with every ladies chocolate fantasy, Morris Chestnut, who is also featured in the film. During our interview, we talked about his role in The Perfect Guy, the mistakes men make, and what fans should look for in movie.
Mommynoire: Why did you allow Sanaa’s character Leah to walk out of your life in the first place?
Morris Chestnut: (laughs) – That’s a great question! We were just at a point where we were at different stages in our lives. She wanted something different than I wanted and sometimes as men we don’t take advantage of certain situations when we can. He just let it go. And you are right – it was a mistake that he did that.
Do you think that women are really looking for a man to fight for them?
Morris Chestnut: I think couples need to understand who they are with verses thinking the grass is always greener – basically, looking for the perfect situation.
What do you think are some warning signs that women should pay attention to when looking for the perfect guy?
Morris Chestnut: I think that they should really get to know a person first. I think sometimes people are anxious to be in relationships and be in certain situations to where they kind of rush things. I think if they take the time to get to know who they are with, they can prevent some bad situations.
What was your biggest challenge in this role?
Morris Chestnut: This was a pretty straight forward type of role. It was really just building up the history of the relationship. When the film opens up, Sanaa and I were in a long-term relationship, so building that up was the main challenge.
What should fans take away from this movie?
Morris Chestnut: I want them to really understand and try to get to know who they are with, so they don’t end up in an imperfect situation.
[Watch] New Clip Of Morris Chestnut And Michael Ealy Battling Over Sanaa Lathan In “The Perfect Guy”
The Perfect Guy will no doubt be one of the most talked about thrillers this year! The film centers around a man named Carter (Michael Ealy) who becomes obsessed with his ex-girlfriend (Sanaa Lathan) after she ends their relationship.
Although the film debuts in two weeks, we know many of you can’t wait much longer. To help with that, we have an exclusive clip just for readers!
In the feature below, Carter is seen stalking his ex-girlfriend and her new beau (Morris Chestnut) at a restaurant. How will Carter handle being confronted by his ex’s beau for his pestering behavior? Watch and see.
This sexy, scary thriller debuts in theaters, September 11, 2015. Click the jump to check out exclusive pictures from The Perfect Guy.