Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps Attend ‘Love and Basketball’ Reunion
Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps’ fans were undoubtedly overcome with nostalgia following the actors’ recent “Love and Basketball” reunion that took place at the Los Angeles film festival.
Sanaa and Omar were accompanied by other members of the “Love and Basketball” cast including Kyla Pratt and Dennis Haysbert to celebrate the classic film’s 15th anniversary.
The Los Angeles film festival celebrated the special occasion with a screening for guests who attended followed by an exclusive Q&A with actors.
During the Q&A portion of the celebration, Omar and Sanaaspoke with Essence magazine about the film and their experience playing their famous characters and on-screen lovers Monica Wright and Quincy McCall.
Sanaa and Omar both agreed that prior to filming “Love and Basketball” they were both big fans of the script.
“I just thought it was a dope script, it’s really empowering for women, certain undertones of the film resonated with me also. I just thought it was fresh, I thought it was of that time and progressive and we hadn’t seen something like that,” Omar said.
When asked if they could immediately relate to the characters they were playing at the time, Sanaa said that she could relate while Omar said that he “didn’t identify with the character at all.”
“He had a mother and a father; I grew up without a father. He was popular and I wasn’t a popular kid. I don’t think any of us artists/actors were popular kids; it kind of doesn’t work that way. We are like the weirdoes growing up.” Omar explained.
Despite the many contrasts he had to his character, Omar said he could somewhat relate to his character’s athletic ability since he played football for fun when he was growing up.
Sanaa and Omar also talked about the possibility of filming a sequel for “Love and Basketball.” Though they both enjoyed the filming process, they agree that doing a sequel would tarnish how good the original “Love and Basketball” already is.
“I’m not sure if the director Gina wants to do a sequel, I think Love & Basketball is perfect the way it is,” Sanaa said with Omar adding, “Gina and I actually spoke about that and she has this you-don’t-touch-a-classic-thing and I agree but it’s tempting because it’s like what would the story look like now.”
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