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OTRC: Steve Harvey: I wrote 'Man' book 'with my daughters in mind'

Entertainer and philanthropist Steve Harvey speaks at an event celebrating five years of Disney's Dreamers Academy, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in New York. (Disney / Diane Bondareff)

Steve Harvey says he wrote the self-help book that inspired the romantic comedy film "Think Like A Man" with his twin daughters in mind and adds that he is proud of the big screen adaptation.

The movie has made $33 million since it opened on Friday, toppling the sci-fi smash hit "The Hunger Games" from the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office.

Harvey's book, "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man" spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list since it was released in 2009 and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. He had said about it was first published that he hoped the book would help empower women.

"I wrote it with my daughters in mind," Harvey told the Reuters news wire. "It was a challenge to stay true to the principles in the book, to be funny without crossing into slapstick and buffoonery. The [movie script] writers did an excellent job, and I'm proud of the adaptation."

"People say, 'He's a relationship expert,' but the expertise that I have is that I'm an expert on how men think," he added. "If I was an expert at relationships, I wouldn't be in my third marriage! But I got being a man down pat."

Harvey has adult twin daughters and a son from his first marriage, a teenage boy from his second and one with his current wife, who has three children of her own. In addition to his book, the comedian and TV personality also administers love advice on a syndicated radio show.

"Think Like A Man" follows the lives of several couples and their friends. The women become hooked on Harvey's book and try to use his relationship advice on their guys. In response, the men act to turn the tables on their ladies.

Meagan Good, who stars in "Think Like A Man," says the film taught her to "keep a certain level of optimism when it comes to love."

Another star of "Think Like A Man," Gabrielle Union, told OnTheRedCarpet.com that the movie teaches "common sense" when it comes to relationships.

"And more than anything, communication," she said. "I think a lot of of our couples, it kind of breaks down into, 'Are you communicating effectively, or are you not?' 'Do you have standards in your own life that carry over to a relationship, or don't you?' "But that kind of goes for men and women."

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