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Racism may be a topic to approach cautiously, but as Kevin Costner found out, it’s also a topic that many in Hollywood won’t touch. Let alone finance.

During a question and answer session at the recent National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention in Boston, the actor revealed his struggles to get his film Black and White made. Despite it not being as grand as many of Hollywood big budget tentpoles, Costner felt Black and White was worthy of the same treatment.

“I just thought it was an interesting movie…” he said. “I can’t speak for why [no one would finance it. I know a lot of people want to make these big, giant movies and I understand … But I thought this movie is just as valid as those movies. So that’s why I made it.”

Starring Costner and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Black and White centers on attorney Elliot Anderson (Costner) as he raises his biracial granddaughter Eloise with his wife.

When his wife is killed in a car accident, Elliott is drawn into a custody battle over the little girl, with her African-American grandmother Rowena (Spencer), who believes Eloise should be raised by her drug-addicted, biological father.

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