About The Production
"Kingdom Come" was shot at a number of locations throughout California, which included a desert highway in
Piru; the former private summer home of the McNally's of the famed Rand-McNally map-making company in Altadena; and at the Victory Christian Center church in the Leimert Park section of Los Angeles.
Despite a tight six week schedule, there were moments of raucous and good-natured kidding among the cast. The antics included the usual variety of practical jokes, and attempts to make fellow actors break character while the camera was rolling.
The family squabble about the type of coffin, the price gouging funeral director, the chaos at the wake and the conversations over the open coffin are all scenes familiar to movie audiences. In "Kingdom Come," these scenes gain new power due to the inventiveness of Bottrell & Jones' script and the comedic talent of the ensemble cast.
While Pinkett Smith was focusing on her comedy, her co-star Anthony Anderson was focusing his comedy on her. The always-upbeat Anderson who plays Junior, Charisse's husband, took advantage of every opportunity to "complain" about being "disrespected" and to tease the actress about her marriage to box office superstar Will Smith.
Temperatures soared during filming. Jada Pinkett Smith, Toni Braxton, Loretta Devine and Vivica A. Fox were among the lucky few who could take advantage of the shade provided by costume designer Francine
Jamison-Tanchuck. To recreate the authenticity of churchgoers in the African American community,
Jamison-Tanchuck provided each actress with a signature "church hat." Each unique, wide-brimmed creation not only complemented the respective character's costume, but provided
welcome relief from the summer sun.
"If you ever go to West Angeles (Church of God in Christ) on a Sunday, you'll see girlfriends with their church hats on," said Fox. "The hat just gives you the whole African American experience of church and ladies being ladies. The hat matters. And let me tell you," she added, "a good hat can really help a sister out on a bad hair day."
"Church hats are a significant part of Black American culture," said
Jamison-Tanchuck. "I love the idea of recreating that culture for the screen, so that the audience can learn that we are a glorious, gracious and dignified people. We come from an ancestry where the headgear meant something and that has carried over to our culture here in America. If you look at the reproductions of hats today, many of them look like Nigerian crowns."
Jamison-Tanchuck acquired the hats at various department stores, in addition to visiting a Los Angeles boutique called "One Of A Kind Hats," which specializes in hats for church going women.
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