Did you know Drumline was inspired by the life of super producer Dallas Austin?
Or that director Charles Stone III‘s only major credits before shooting Drumline were for Paid In Full and the Budweiser “Whassup” commercial?
The Undefeated interviewed Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Zoe Saldana and more for an in-depth look at the making and legacy of the classic HBCU coming-of-age story.
Here’s how far the studio went to make sure a White character was included:
Jody Gerson (Producer): The studio kept focusing on a white character. That we had to have a white character to market the movie.
Dallas: First, it was a $13 million movie, which is a lot for an urban film, so to speak, at that time. I was trying to tell them, it’s not an urban film, it’s a story … it’s a team story. We started going over $13 million, because nobody knew what it was like to film 300-piece marching bands.
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Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana And More Remember ‘Drumline’ 15 Years Later was originally published on globalgrind.com
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