NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some of those who worked with Whitney Houston on her last movie are finding inspiration in the performance by the long-struggling singer, who they say delivers the bittersweet message that everyone deserves a second chance — an opportunity to sparkle.
Friday marks the debut of the remake of "Sparkle" in which Houston stars as the mother of a family of girls in Detroit who form a Motown-era singing group and struggle with fame and addiction.
It's a theme that plagued Houston in real life: The superstar, who would have turned 49 this month, accidentally drowned in a hotel room bathtub earlier this year, and authorities said her death was complicated by cocaine use and heart disease.
Bishop T.D. Jakes — a producer on the film —said Houston's role in the movie, in which she plays a singer trying to raise her children in the church so they avoid some of the mistakes she made during her career, should be an uplifting moment.
"I think that people are really going to be inspired by the 'Sparkle' story because it is an opportunity to see that sometimes dreams really do come true if you're committed to them, if you're relentless," he said.