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Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner Discuss Shared Custody in New Clip from ‘Black or White’

Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner Discuss Shared Custody in New Clip from 'Black or White'

Here’s a new clip from the Kevin Costner/Octavia Spencer drama "Black or White" which opens on January 30, 2015.

Written and directed by actor Mike Binder, with Costner co-producing alongside Binder and Todd Lewis, the drama centers on Elliot Anderson (Costner) an attorney widowed after his wife dies in a car crash, and who also is raising his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise, since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot’s world is turned upside-down when the child’s African American grandmother Rowena (played by Octavia Spencer) demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her African American father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for the negligence that led to the death of his own daughter. Elliot finds himself deeply entrenched in a custody battle and will stop at nothing to keep his granddaughter from coming under the watch of his reckless son-in-law. 

Zeba saw the film at TIFF, where it premiered in September. In short, she wasn’t much of a fan. Read her thoughts here.

Earlier this year, while he was doing press for his last film, "Draft Day," we talked to Costner briefly about the film. A few related quotes follow:
"My whole life has been instinctual… I have instinctually thought I could do things in my life, and I followed that up by sometimes putting everything I have at risk – my money, my house – to make a movie. I just did it again with Black and White."

He added that the film was "a rock that I had to push uphill just to make it":

"Nobody wanted to make it. It’s my hope that you all see it. It’s my hope that it becomes as important as Field of Dreams or Dances [With Wolves]. I think it will be, because it’s about people. It’s funny, it’s poignant, it’s sad, and in the end it gives you hope."

On the reactions he’s gotten from others who learn he’s made a movie about race:

"I realize that I’m not in battle. I’m not in combat. ‘Ooh, that’s very brave thing to do.’ Well, I’m not in Vietnam. I’m not in Iraq. And if I want to make a little movie about racism, I should do it. Maybe the studio should too."

On how his projects will be received, Costner says he isn’t worried: 

"I’ve never been afraid of things not working. I think it’s an underrated experience in life. I’ve had some wild, wild successes. I try to clean up the oceans, and I try to do things. I’m not afraid to be on the floor.

"I have a strong belief that what I’m doing, other people will believe in it too if I can get it just right. Not that people don’t let me down, not that I haven’t let other people down, but I have a tremendous belief in people and in the common experience."

In the clip embedded below, shared custody is at the center of a conversation between characters played by Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner:

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Comments

Karl Lyons

I think Costner does good work and I can’t wait to see the film. Our son is married to a black woman so I can relate to and understand what this film could be about. People of all races are sometimes not understanding when they see you with children of a different race. I too hope the film brings healing and understanding!

Jeanne williams

Kevin Costner has always been a filmaker that has taken chances. He has done so with this movie. If nothing else it will get people to thinking about the race issue and deal with one aspect of it in a biracial relationship. A biracial child whose (white) mother has died and whose black father is perceived as no good. Its dealing with how a white grandfather wants her as his only biological family left, and how he navigates those interracial waters that HE has to deal with. It was beautifully acted and a story that is relavent in today’s society. I hope people will watch this with an open mind. There are many many (of all races) interracial couples and children in our society. Being black in Amerikkka still carries a stigma to whites, expecially the ones that don’t have to deal with having blacks in their families or in their lives period. If nothing else this is a discussion piece and I am hoping an eye opener to all of God’s children on the earth about a situtaion that could go on right today in an interracial family.

Mari R

I liked the movie

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