Evangelist T. D. Jakes’ latest foray into filmmaking includes the making of “Sparkle,” planned for release next week. The film will forever be known as Whitney Houston’s last performance in a movie before her untimely death last February.
Jakes was able to assemble not only Houston, but an ensemble of actors that includes American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, for the remake of the original 1976 film. Instead of the backdrop of Harlem in the late ’50s and early ’60s, Jakes’ movie is set in Detroit during the Motown era of the ’60s.
The story line includes a single mother (Houston) trying to raise her three daughters with biblical principles and values while they launch out on a musical career. Issues of moral compromise and career aspirations arise and cause conflict among the sisters and between the sisters and the mother.
Jakes, who is the pastor of The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, told The Christian Post in an exclusive interview that although the movie is not an overtly Christian film, “Sparkle” is “certainly laced with faith.”
Below is the interview with Jakes.
CP: What do you remember most about Whitney Houston during the making of “Sparkle?”
Jakes: I had never met Whitney prior to “Sparkle.” I kind of expected her to be kind of like her character in “Bodyguard” – to be a bit of a diva. But she was really anything but. She was very down to earth and very approachable, very likeable, and easy to work with. She was very professional on the set – very into the role that she was playing and did a phenomenal job. I enjoyed it.
CP: Jordin Sparks said during a recent interview that she was impressed with Whitney’s “well worn out” Bible that she would bring to the set every day. What impressed you about Whitney’s faith journey?
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