Love Jones turns 15 years old today and many of us are still benefitting from the lessons learned from the classic film and wondering if there will ever be an abundance of relevant black movies like we enjoyed in the nineties. Essence.com sat down with Love Jones‘ stars Larenz Tate, Nia Long, and Isaiah Washington (who are no worse for wear, by the way) to talk about the impact of the film, their favorite scenes, and the possibility of a sequel. Some excerpts:
On the film’s impact:
TATE: I realized the impact when I would be walking somewhere and someone would be like, “Love Jones!” I still meet women who say, “That’s in my DVD collection.” I would talk to Nia, and she’d say, “That movie makes people go crazy.” I also knew it was serious when brothers would come and say “Love Jones, man, that movie really helped me.” It’s gotten so big that people do poetry Love Jones celebrations every single year, like Trekkies celebrate Star Trek
Their favorite scenes:
LONG: The scene in the rain where Darius and Nina have their last kiss. It was so cold outside. I didn’t expect for the rain to be that cold, because it was movie rain. But then it really rained. So we had a combination of warm and cold rain. I went back into my trailer and I literally wrapped myself with plastic bags to try to stay warm. There was a big argument about that scene because everyone was like, “Black women don’t like to get their hair wet, and this is unrealistic.” That’s not true. We can be in the moment. We’re not that concerned about our hair.
On the possibility of a sequel:
LONG: There’s talk about it. Larenz and I, if we do it, we’re going to do it right, and we’re gonna do it together. It’s a classic film and it has to be handled as such. And if these two characters can grow in a realistic way and we can do the film in a way that still gives people the feeling of “Wow, there’s still movies about Black love.”
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