Actor Taye Diggs is speaking his mind about Hollywood and its treatment of black movies. Diggs says Hollywood studios hold African-American films to a frustratingly separate and unfair standard.
In two weeks, Think Like a Man Too opens up nationwide, and Diggs says that the cast is eager to start working on a third movie. But Diggs says a third movie is tied to how well the second one those.
“Unfortunately, the business is such that as far as studios are concerned, they judge one quote-unquote black movie on how other ‘black’ movies have done, even if they have nothing to do with each other,” he said.
“We’ve definitely come a long way. But we’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “It’s too bad we can’t do well on our own merit when it comes to the studios. They don’t like to take risks and, unfortunately, we’re still considered a huge risk, even though I don’t think we are.”
The Best Man Holiday grossed more than $70 million in North America last year and was profitable, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.
Universal Studios, which released 1999’s The Best Man and its sequel that included stars Diggs, Morris Chestnut and Sanaa Lathan, declined comment.