Ashton Sanders Says Playing Bobby Brown In Whitney Houston Biopic Was ‘Euphoric’

Six years after “Moonlight” put him on the Hollywood map, Ashton Sanders faces the daunting job of portraying a real-life R&B icon and one-half of a legendary music energy couple.

The actor returns to the massive display this month in “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” the hotly anticipated biopic of Whitney Houston. Naturally, a lot of the early buzz on the movie has emphasised actor Naomi Ackie’s efficiency as Houston, who died in 2012.

Sanders co-stars as fellow musician Bobby Brown, who was married to Houston from 1992 to 2007. Showing on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” Thursday, the actor stated he auditioned for his position at director Kasi Lemons’ request however was nonetheless initially hesitant to signal on.

“I was pretty nervous to take on the part given, you know, everything it was going to be,” Sanders defined. He added that such fears have been assuaged, due to the movie’s inventive staff: “I think we really created something beautiful that will be nostalgic, well-respected and euphoric. It’s a beautiful film.”

Watch Sanders on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” under.

For many of their relationship, Brown and Houston confronted intense scrutiny from the media, whereas each of their careers have been marred by drug and alcohol abuse. Based on Brown and quite a few different sources, his former spouse was additionally bisexual.

The trailer for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” faithfully recreates a few of Houston’s most memorable profession triumphs, together with her 1991 Tremendous Bowl efficiency. Nonetheless, whether or not the film will shed perception into her personal life stays to be seen.

Bobby Brown (left) and Whitney Houston in 1995.

VINCE BUCCI by way of Getty Pictures

Chatting with TMZ this week, Brown stated the movie’s screenwriter Anthony McCarten didn’t seek the advice of him and, subsequently, can’t communicate for Sanders’ efficiency. Sanders, nonetheless, is hopeful viewers will come away from the movie with a “nuanced” view of Houston by way of her marriage to Brown and past.

“[It was] really special to be working with Naomi Ackie, who absolutely kills it as Whitney Houston,” he stated. “I was just there in support of her. A lot of people think of Bobby Brown when they think of Whitney Houston, as they do, but this is her actual life story. We wanted to show the real moments in her life.”