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“I made the movies and they just kind of stacked up,” he says. “I don’t feel like I’ve gone anywhere. We have three babies here and movies aren’t my entire life. When I actually find a movie I feel is really, really important, a lot of times I can’t always get it made. One movie you haven’t mentioned is the movie Black and White. (It comes out later this year.) It’s a movie about the notion of racism and how delicate and difficult that subject seems to be. I found this little movie that thought really opens the window on that discussion. People want to have it but they don’t know how to get out of themselves. I couldn’t get it green lit so I paid for it myself.”

Costner said he is still asked about his tribute to Whitney, but tells the Tom Joyner Morning Show that he was initially reluctant to do it. He wasn’t sure that he was the right person to speak on her behalf, although his heartfelt words were among the most memorable of the televised funeral.

“When it actually happened I really didn’t know what to do. I kind of froze. People were immediately going on the air and talking about Whitney, as they should. After about the third day of me not being on the air, people started asking ‘Where’s Kevin, Where’s Kevin?’ And this drumbeat starting beating and I thought I don’t’ immediately know how I feel and the last thing I wanted to do was go on television. We had an onscreen relationship and it was a fabulous one. It was an intersection of our two careers and people loved the movie. People wanted to hear from me and frankly, I didn’t understand that completely. I got a call from Dionne Warwick and I thought frankly, there must be someone else, someone closer.”

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