THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS
About The Production
Those involved with the development of "The Fighting Temptations"
had a definite vision in mind: to paint a truthful picture of the real dynamics
inside a small community, including all the diverse personalities and opinions.
To flush out the wide range of eclectic characters, the filmmakers found
themselves touching on some interesting topics and true-to-life issues that
audiences of all generations will recognize.
"The film has a balance of music, drama and comedy," says director
Jonathan Lynn. "It's a musical with a lot of great songs, though not a
traditional musical in which the songs substitute for dialogue. Instead, the
music is a significant part of the storytelling. The film is about the
Executive Vice President of MTV Films David Gale, who serves as producer on
the film, couldn't agree more, adding that because gospel music is so
universal, the appeal of "The Fighting Temptations" is that much
"Gospel music is at the root of all different forms of music from
hip-hop to R&B to rock and roll," says Gale. "And what this movie
does is draw all of these diverse varieties of music together in a refreshing,
new and exciting way.
Producer Loretha Jones, who also serves as one of the executive music
producers on the film, coordinated the musical talent, and she was more than
pleased with the caliber of pros that stepped in to turn "The Fighting
Temptations" into a powerhouse musical comedy.
"I'm very proud of how this film employs music to entertain and, at
the same time, drive a story that really has something to say," says Jones.
"I think a lot of moviegoers will see bits and pieces of themselves in the
characters, and while they're having a great time, they might come away from
the film with a different perspective on life."
"There are numerous characters in this film, all with strongly-held
views," says director Lynn. "That's what communities and families
are like -- diverse opinions coming together. Audiences of all ages and
backgrounds seem to recognize these characters and connect with the film. They're
on the edge of their seats, they're standing up singing and dancing, and they're
definitely happier for having seen it."
Featuring a star-studded cast of singers from all walks of the music world,
"The Fighting Temptations" not only stars the singing sensation of
Destiny's Child, Beyonce Knowles, but it also features a choir composed of a
regular Who's Who of gospel, R&B and hip-hop recording artists. Joining
Beyonce are such major musical talents as Faith Evans (R & B and hip-hop),
Angie Stone (soulful R & B), Melba Moore (R & B and Broadway singer),
Rev. Shirley Caesar (gospel singer and pastor of her own church), The O'Jays
(longtime R & B group). Montell Jordan (former R & B Def Jam recording
artist), T-Bone (hip-hop and gospel artist) and Zane (hip-hop recording artist).
A virtual showcase for the gospel world, the film also includes special
performances by Ann Nesby (former member of the gospel group Sounds of
Blackness), Mary Mary (singer/songwriters Erica and Tina Atkins hit gospel duo),
Raymiah (up-and-coming gospel quartet). Yolanda Adams (contemporary gospel,
Grammy winner and top Billboard artist), Donnie McClurkin (popular gospel
singer featured on the best-selling musical compilation. "Wow Gospel
2003") and the Blind Boys of Alabama, who were recently inducted into the
Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
In addition, Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Rue McClanahan, the sassy
Blanche Deveraux of "The Golden Girls," makes a guest appearance as a
choir member, along with David Sheridan of "Corky Romano" and Mickey
Jones, who was Bob Dylan's drummer during the historic 1966 tour and a former
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