OnlyOnAOL: Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall get super-real about sex scenes
By: Donna Freydkin
They first met while shooting the 1999 classic dramedy "The Best Man."
Fast forward to 2016, and Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut are now desperate parents in "When the Bough Breaks." They hire a surrogate and things, suffice to say, do not go according to plan. Yes, the film is based on a true story, but what happens is heightened.
"Two of my friends have done it very successfully without any problems," says Chestnut of surrogacy.
When she read the script, says Hall, "You just think, 'Whoah.' I felt my character was powerless. It's horrible. What can you do? This is our last chance. And I didn't know the law."
She also didn't know what it would be like shooting a love scene with Chestnut, whose day job is playing a private pathologist on the Fox series "Rosewood," which is coming back for a second season.
And Hall, a total cut-up, was concerned about being not-so-fresh.
"Morris is so kind. He wouldn't tell," says Hall. "You're always a little bit uncomfortable and a little bit nervous. You have someone yelling, 'Arch your back.' It's not romantic."
"She was fine. That particular day was a night shoot," says Chestnut. "It's so technical."
Making out with someone you're close to, versus a stranger, is actually tougher than you'd think.
"Sometimes it's harder when it's someone you know, because you're already friends. We've known each other for 15 years," says Hall. "It doesn't have the energy of romance. It's so simulated. But you do laugh in between takes."
The two, in person, crack jokes and trade quips. They're also immensely polite and observant. Chestnut and Hall both follow a philosophy of mutual respect on set and off. They treat everyone decently.
"Nobody wants to come to work with someone who's miserable and no one wants to witness someone being unkind. It's uncomfortable. Everyone is trying to work hard. We're there too many hours to be nasty," says Hall.