Halle Berry and Morris Chestnut together can only mean one thing – both male and female movie fans will get their money’s worth in theaters this weekend. Berry and Chestnut are onscreen together in “The Call” where Berry plays a 911 operator who must outwit a sadistic killer.
Chestnut has also made his fans happy by agreeing, along with the rest of the cast, to reprise his role as Lance Sullivan in the sequel to the popular 1999 movie “The Best Man.” That movie is expected to hit screens with its entire original cast including Taye Diggs, Nia Long and Terrence Howard, this fall. Chestnut is reprising his role as groom Lance Sullivan and he told Ebony.com that the film will be set at Sullivan’s house when the group gathers years later to celebrate Christmas together. Howard leaked to another outlet that there might be a tragedy involved.
As far as his current role, Chestnut says working with his Oscar-winning co-star was a no-brainer as far as he was concerned. “My manager sent me the script and basically said that Halle was attached to it!” Chestnut told Ebony.com. “I’ve always admired her work. Then I read the script and I really felt strong about it. It was a page-turner, I just couldn’t really put the script down.” In” The Call,” Chestnut plays a police detective who shares more than just a passion for crime-solving with Berry.
“I think most of the women in the world — and maybe a few men — would think I was the lucky one, since I get to kiss Morris Chestnut!” Berry told The Chicago Sun-Times.” Leading ladies aside, what else makes Chestnut, who got his big break as Ricky Baker in “Boyz In the Hood” over two decades ago, pick a film is the writing and what jumps off the page.
“To me, it’s always about the script. If someone were to come to me – let’s say eight years ago – and said I have a concept in which a pimp wants to be a rapper. I would have said no, that doesn’t sound good,” Chestnut told HollywoodChicago.com. And then Terrence Howard is nominated for Best Actor in ‘Hustle & Flow.’
So I don’t say there is one particular role that I wouldn’t play or not, it really depends on the script. You can hear the most outrageous concepts, but until you read the script, it doesn’t matter. I’ve heard concepts that are phenomenal, but then I get the script and I can’t get past the first ten pages. Specifically, I’d probably like to do more action roles. But what’s for me, is for me. I’ve had opportunities that didn’t work out, and so I’m just going to keep it moving.”