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In 1991, after the success of his self-funded project, Hollywood Shuffle Keenan Ivory Wayans and Robert Townsend decided to take on a studio film, a first for Townsend. The collaboration didn’t do so well in theaters but over 20 years later, it’s a favorite in the black community. You know the lines and the songs. Check out these behind the scenes secrets.
Where did the story come from?
Though the story was based on several R&B groups and solo artists, including The Temptations, The Dells, Frankie Lymon and Sam Cooke, Robert Townsend told Black Voices that the breakup of The Temptations when he was a child, inspired the story. “I grew up with a lot of the singing groups from the ’60s, such as The Temptations, The Dells and The O’Jays. I always loved music. When The Temptations broke up, I took it personally. [The Five Heartbeats] came out of that.”
Michael Wright will always and forever be Eddie Kane from “The Five Heartbeats” in my mind, and from his antics Sunday morning they may have a little somethin’ somethin’ in common. According to TMZ, the actor was arrested in New York City for driving while intoxicated — after he ran into a police car.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Wright — who starred in the classic movie “The Five Heartbeats” — was trying to park his 1978 black Rolls Royce in Manhattan when he hit the car that had two officers sitting inside.
We’re told the officers went to have a word with Wright and detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. After the field sobriety test didn’t go Wright’s way, the officers arrested him.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Wright’s blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit.
We’re told both officers were taken to a local hospital to be checked out after the accident.
I wonder if when cops were booking Michael he turned to the camera for his mugshot and went “Diiiiiiinnng”
On a serious note though, I’m going to need him to catch a cab like everyone else in New York City.