Q: In the movie's first scene we see Paula Patton in her underwear. She's swearing off sex, but that's an unusual opening for a movie made by a preacher isn't it?
A: I think her statement is an important discussion, whether you're a person of faith or not ... Real people with real sexual experiences can make choices and go in the other direction.
Q: Your most overt Christian character in the movie, the groom's mother, played by Loretta Devine, is also the nastiest. That was a bold move wasn't it?
A: Behind her behavior is a deep fear of being left alone.
Q: But she's the one reading the Bible and quoting verses?
A: Christians sometimes use the Bible to justify their feelings.
Q: How did you gather such support for the movie's opening weekend? I understand advance screenings at churches had a lot to do with it?
A: The network was not just churches, but sororities, fraternities, historically black colleges, barber shops, beauty parlors. They took ownership of the product. People were excited by the message.
A: We are a diverse society and we communicated that to Hollywood. Hollywood usually only wants to see a few elements, the gangbangers and hip-hoppers, and that is a part of our community, but it is not the only part of our community. There were a lot of people waiting to see upwardly mobile African-Americans on the screen.
Q: Would you call this a wedding comedy?
A: The wedding was the canvas on which the portrait of two families are painted. A lot of significant things can be painted on that canvas: conflict over black achievement, single mothers, biases within the African-American community. If you only see the wedding dress you miss most of the story.