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Casting out advice
The cast has words of wisdom to live by
Actors, actresses of Think Like a Man offer words of wisdom on love,
Tim Story, the happily married director of Think Like a Man, has been off the dating market for some time. He found, however, he had a cast that was as full of relationship advice as the literary inspiration for his movie.
Based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment, Story’s film (out April 20) follows four guy friends (Terrence J, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco and Michael Ealy) plus their boisterous pal (Kevin Hart), who’s in the middle of a divorce. They’re beginning relationships with four women (Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good and Taraji P. Henson) who are armed with knowledge of the male mind from Harvey’s book.
“I’ll say this about my wife: She knows those rules. That’s kind of how she got me,” says Story, 42. “I never expected to be married, just because I didn’t think I could find someone as cool as she is. When I read the book, it just mirrored what I had been through in my life.” Union jokes that she and Hart could even write their own book: “What I
Learned From My Divorce.” So in the spirit of Harvey’s book, they and their castmates from Think Like a Man imparted their best relationship advice from their own love lives — some of which could help their own characters.
Words of wisdom: “Every relationship is completely different — different people, different dynamic — and the more you listen to outside influence instead of following your heart and working with your partner, the more chances you have of messing things up,” says 29-year-old Terrence Jenkins, known as Terrence J. “When you get older, you have enough relationships under your belt to know what’s good and what’s bad and what’s right and what’s wrong.”
Should his character heed them? Indeed. An unabashed mama’s boy, Michael listens more to his friends than his mother, but he’s much better off being ruled by his instincts when wooing single mom Candace (Hall).