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Baggage Claim interview/CP2

Felicia Haney | 9/19/2013, 12:09 p.m.
“Baggage Claim” is the story of Montana Moore (Paula Patton), an unlucky in love flight attendant who desperately wants to ...

By FELICIA C. HANEY

Staff Reporter

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

We’ll pause for a second while you either think back on, or add up all, the incidents… Maybe you’re like Jill Scott who admitted to catching an impromptu flight, six hours, – with no clothes – just to apologize. Or maybe you’re the Tia Mowry type who’ll steam your vajayjay to keep things with the hubby fresh. Guys, are you like Boris Kodjoe who rode his bike 15 miles to a girl’s house (who lived on the third floor), climbed some vines to the top, knocked on the balcony door only to have her father open it and make you climb all the way back down? I’m sure we all have some juicy stories, but these are the ones that came to light from our favorite celebs who double as the “Baggage Claim” cast.

“Baggage Claim” is the story of Montana Moore (Paula Patton), an unlucky in love flight attendant who desperately wants to get engaged by the time her younger sister’s (Lauren London) wedding rolls around. By the way, that’s only 30 days out! Enter the antics of some airline employees and Montana’s well on her way to make a love connection in the more-than-friendly skies. But we all know, the first time is never the charm. So, coincidently on Friday, Sept. 27 we get to experience all the crazy things Montana Moore’s willing to do for love.

CP2 got the chance to sit down with the mostly married cast as well as the director in Los Angeles to get the dish on some of their experiences. What we got was a whole lot more than we bargained for when they started giving off the cuff, real-life answers that struck up some pretty candid conversation that ended with Patton letting a reporter have it for suggesting director David E. Talbert thank Tyler Perry after snatching up 90 percent of his cast.

In a one-on-one interview with Talbert, we thought we ought to put the TP question to bed for good as well as get further insight on how his 2003 novel of the same name turned 2013 major motion picture made the journey from book to box office.

CP2: The Tyler Perry thing. Naturally the comparison comes up because you both are successful Black men in film and plays. But does the comparison make you feel honored or just annoyed?

DET: Well, I wish I was compared to having his bank account. [laughs] But no, he’s a pioneer of theater and he certainly has opened up the door to making that transition from theater to film. He does his thing and I’m proud of him and happy for him. It doesn’t annoy me at all. I’ve been knowing him since he first got started.

The “Baggage Claim” junket was one of the best I’ve ever attended. You could just feel the love. The chemistry seemed as if the set was like you and a bunch of your friends got together and made a film.