Harvey doesn’t like sequels, but was keen to make an exception for Sister Act 2 (Picture: Getty)
Harvey Keitel has been in the best and worked with the best, from The Irishman and Taxi Driver with Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, but the actor’s still sad about not being in Sister Act 2, admitting he was ‘waiting for that call’.
The esteemed 82-year-old performer, who is often associated with heavier films, moved his tough guy gangster act over to comedy for the original Sister Act musical caper in 1992, starring as Vince LaRocca, ex-boyfriend to Whoopi Goldberg’s Deloris Van Cartier (a.k.a. Sister Mary Clarence), who is forced to go into hiding as a nun after witnessing him execute an informant.
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit followed the very next year and had Deloris helping out her convent pals to turn around the reputation of the school she had attended as a teenager to avoid its closure.
The majority of the original cast returned for the sequel, including Dame Maggie Smith, Hocus Pocus’s Kathy Najimy and Mary Wickes, as well as singing star Lauryn Hill in an early role as student Rita, but apparently no room could be made for Harvey.
The Thelma & Louise star revealed that he’s not ‘very big on sequels’, even forgetting that he had once taken part in National Treasure: Book of Secrets with Nicholas Cage, but said the one exception to that rule, and the one film that got away, was Sister Act 2.
Speaking to Insider, Harvey explained that although he ‘likes to make money’ there’s sometimes ‘an unwillingness on my part simply to cash in’.
It seems the tough guy enjoyed the experience of Sister Act as much as we enjoyed watching it (Picture: John Salangsang/BEI/Rex)
But labelling himself ‘not beyond it’, he continued: ‘The one sequel I wanted to do, I thought I was going to do, I was waiting for that call, was Sister Act.’
Had we but known!
Harvey had even come up with a straightforward plot for Sister Act 2, which he described as ‘so perfect’: ‘The guy’s in prison, he gets out of prison and he chases her down.’
‘I never got that call and I said, “WHAT!?”’, he exclaimed. ‘My agent said, “Harvey, you’re not in the movie.” I said, “No!”’
Whoopi Goldberg in a scene from Sister Act 2, where the plot revolves around saving a school from closure (Picture: Touchstone/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)
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However, with Sister Act 3 officially in the works for Disney Plus, and set to star Whoopi Goldberg once more, could Harvey’s (delayed) wish to return for a Sister Act sequel finally be granted?
Tyler Perry has signed on to produce the threequel, and there were rumours of a script from Insecure co-EP Regina Hicks and Star showrunner Karin Gist in 2018, but nothing official has been announced yet.
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