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Mehki Phifer Wants to Bring “Soul Food” Back?



With rumors swirling that beloved 90s movies like Love Jones and Waiting to Exhale  would be getting sequels, HipHollywood couldn’t help but ask Mekhi Phifer what character from the 90s he’d love to play again.

“You know Soul Food would be interesting to see where they are now, that would be an interesting dynamic,” said Phifer who played Lem in the film alongside Nia Long, Vanessa Williams and Vivica A. Fox. “Have everybody come back for one last Sunday dinner, that would be very interesting.”

We caught up with the 40-year old New York native to talk about his current role as Max in the wildly popular Veronica Roth series The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

“This is my first time doing a film series like this so it’s kind of interesting for me because I don’t know where the character is going” explained Phifer.  “I don’t know where they are going to take him, I don’t quite know what makes him tick yet, but it’s an interesting ride.”

In Insurgent Phifer becomes somewhat of a villain along with Kate Winslet, as they hunt down Tris and Four played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

“When you look at Max’s character you can look at him like a general in an army or the marines,” explained Phifer.  “Order and following orders is very key to the success in the marines and the armed forces, so I think don’t think its a bad thing in his mind. I don’t think people will agree, but I think order is a big part of his personality, so I can relate to that.”

You can see Mehki in The Divergent Series: Insurgent in theaters March 20.

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