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Finally after a year and a half, [my husband Reggie, who is also a writer, and I] felt it was good enough and went out with it. And I kept getting the feedback that it was “too soft,” which I just didn’t know what that meant, how is it soft?But I think part of it was also it was a film with two people of color in the lead in a love story. At that time, obviously there was the success of “Boyz in the Hood” and “Menace II Society” and this was something definitely different.Sanaa Lathan, actress (Monica Wright): The script was great. How people identify with the movie, I identified with the script and their story.
And I just didn’t feel that I ever saw that woman or girl reflected on screen. I remember I had a list on my fridge of all the studios and every day crossing another one off.
I believe quite a bit of her challenges came before it was submitted to New Line … It was really a question of making it at a price so that it wasn’t too risky.
Lathan: There was another actress that was supposed to do it.
To mark the movie's 15th anniversary, The Huffington Post spoke to some of those behind the film about its legacy and what it took to make such a realistic basketball movie, that became much more than a sports film.
“Love & Basketball” was the first film by writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who after first trying to make the move from television with a comedy about four friends in college, scrapped that idea and in 1997 began writing what she knew: growing up as a female basketball player.
During the scene, “Fire in the Blood” plays in the background and Chastain approaches Hardy on a pallet—and fire in the blood takes on a whole new meaning. The controversy surrounding director Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian coming-of-age romance epic is not lost on us.