[With his new star-studded Baggage Claim 48 hours away from hitting theaters, filmmaker David E. Talbert gives SOHH readers the scoop on juggling an all-star cast of actors ranging from Paula Patton and Jill Scott to Trey Songz and Affion Crockett.]
I write movies that I want to go see. So I make sure there is enough stuff in there for everyone. I don’t just write “chick flicks,” I write movies that are good movies and we all want to go see.
Putting a team together like Rickey Smiley and Affion Crockett and Nefew Tommy and Terrence J and Trey Songz is important. I put those guys and those parts in there because the guys that come out to see these movies laugh just as loud as the chicks laugh.
There’s just some craziness in there that all of us brothers can relate to because we’ve all been there. And so, it’s something for everybody. It’s sort of how [1999’s] The Best Man was. It was a movie for everybody. That’s why people loved it so much.
I approach every day and every scene as if that’s the most important one in the movie. And so whether I’m working Paula Patton today or working with Taye Diggs, I think a movie is a collection of small movies that we call scenes. When you add them all up together, they make one great movie. That’s how I approach it. Otherwise, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all these people and all these scenes and all this personality.
I try to make every scene count and make sure there’s a beginning, middle and end to it so that you feel like you got a full meal. Then when you add it all up together, you’re like, “Oh man, this was a dope movie!”
Playwright, filmmaker and novelist, David E. Talbert has written and directed multiple nationally acclaimed touring productions that have garnered an unprecedented 24 NAACP nominations, including a win for Best Playwright of the Year and the prestigious NAACP Trailblazer Award. He has most recently completed a 40-city record-breaking tour of his 13th stage production What My Husband Doesn’t Know. In addition to his many successful stage productions, the multi-hyphenate directed the Sony Pictures comedy First Sunday starring Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams. Talbert just wrapped his second feature film, an adaptation of his Best-Selling novel Baggage Claim. The movie, which stars Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, and Djimon Honsou, will be released by Fox Searchlight on September 27, 2013.
Check out the new flick’s trailer: