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Taye Diggs: 'Hollywood holds black films to unfair standard'


ACTOR TAYE Diggs has accused Hollywood studios of holding black films to an unfair standard.

In a recent interview, Diggs said the decision to proceed with a black-oriented film often depends on the success of other movies with a primarily African American cast - even if the projects are unconnected.

Diggs, who stars in romantic comedy The Best Man and its sequel, said though he and the cast are eager to start the third installment of the popular film franchise, it is dependent on how well other black-oriented films, including the upcoming Think Like a Man Too, perform at the box office.

"Unfortunately, the business is such that as far as studios are concerned, they judge one quote-unquote black movie on how other 'black' movies have done, even if they have nothing to do with each other," he said.

That's "ridiculously" frustrating, said Diggs, 43, whose other movie credits include How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Brown Sugar.

"We've definitely come a long way. But we've got a long way to go," he said. "It's too bad we can't do well on our own merit when it comes to the studios. They don't like to take risks and, unfortunately, we're still considered a huge risk, even though I don't think we are."

The Best Man Holiday grossed more than $70 million in North America last year and was profitable, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

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