And in this EURweb video presentation, produced by Tene’ Croom, we’ll go behind the scenes with exclusive interviews with Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks and the other stars of the film.
Houston died not long after finishing the production. She not only starred in the film, but was also its Executive Producer.
The original “Sparkle” premiered in 1976 and cast Irene Cara, Lonette McKee and Dwan Smith in the roles as the singing sisters. This time the three sisters are played by Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter. They comprise a “girl” group in the 1960s and are the main focus of the film. The girls make it big but drug abuse and fighting between them tear the group apart.
Whitney Houston gave a gripping performance as Emma, the matriarch of the family. Not only was Houston the mother of the girls, but also a faded singer. She wore the hurt of no longer getting applause on her sleeve. At one point in the film her character uttered a line that resonated with what was happening in her personal life off camera.
She said, “Was my life not enough of a cautionary tale for you?”
The multiple Grammy winning singer and actress was happy to be in her role and heaped praise on her movie daughters.
“They are the three most warm and loving and supportive young women that I’ve come across in a long time, not only in beauty but inside. They’re really beautiful people. They were perfect for this project.”
Houston had hoped that Sparkle would be her comeback film. She worked to get it on the big screen for over a decade. We hadn’t seen her in a movie since she co-starred with Brandy in the TV flick “Cinderella” 15 years ago.
But, of course her talents have gone much too soon. The Los Angeles Coroner listed the official cause of Houston’s death on February 11 as accidental drowning. But, he added heart disease and cocaine use contributed to her passing. She was only 48 years old.
Director Salim Akil told one reporter people will be “blown away” by Houston’s singing in the film.
No surprise that Debra Martin Chase, one of the producers and a former business partner of Houston, got emotional about the project.
“On the one hand, I’m so excited about the movie and we’re really happy with how it turned out,” she said. “(But) just to have it said yet again that this is Whitney’s last performance, it’s hard. It’s hard.”
“Sparkle” is now playing in theaters throughout North America.