When it comes to love stories, Love & Basketball is one of my favorites. I could watch Quincy McCall and Monica Wright’s relationship blossom over and over and over again. I’d also like to consider myself a fan of Omar Epps. But the fact that he would destroy my favorite fake couple’s relationship, if given the chance, is completely unacceptable!
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the coming of age tale, Epps, and his co-star, Sanaa Lathan sat down with Essence, which is when he dropped the bomb that has me questioning his humanity.
“Instinctively I would show the other side of love, like how Monica and Quincy didn’t make it—to me it could be more interesting,” he shared. “It’s all opinion, some people want to see left, some people want to see right.”
Yeah Omar, because America’s alarming divorce rate isn’t placing a big enough damper on real life; you’d like to ruin fictional marriages as well. What’s next? Cinderella and Prince Charming? Jasmine and Aladdin? No? What about Ariel and Prince Eric?
But maybe I should get out of my feelings. Perhaps it would be awkward for the 41-year-old to partake in love scenes with his real-life ex-girlfriend, considering that he’s now married to someone else and all. In that case, I guess I can understand why he’d want to drive a steak knife through our hearts by splitting Monica and Quincy up.
Of course, the chances of a Love & Basketball sequel actually happening seem slim to none these days anyway.
“I’m not sure if the director Gina wants to do a sequel,” Lathan shared. “I think Love & Basketball is perfect the way it is.”
Ironically, Lathan says that she still encounters women who are on the lookout for their “Q.”
“It’s so cool and amazing that it has become this beloved film that people love,” she shared. “Just last night I went out to dinner and these two girls came up to me and said they grew up on the movie and they are looking for their ‘Q.’ Who knew, when I was shooting it, I had no idea.”
Little do they know, the man who brought Q to life is lurking in the shadows waiting to shatter their dreams.