The actor playing Bobby Brown in a new biopic about the controversial singer exercised his prerogative to dig deep. And he says he has the New Edition singer’s blessing.
The role of Whitney Houston has no yet been cast.
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Brown and fellow singer Whitney Houston’s traumatic horror romance will be replayed “warts and all” this year in a BET mini-series based on Brown’s 2015 autobiography “Every Little Step.” Woody McClain, a 28-year-old actor and professional dancer who has performed with Brown, is playing the lead role.
“We go all the way — anything it takes to get the job done that is what we are going to do,” McClain told us at the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. “Viewers will be so shocked. We are talking about everything we know and everything we don’t know.”
We’re told that will include Brown’s substance abuse issues, kinky love life, relationship with Madonna, troubles with Houston’s and the passing of their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.
“That man has lived quite the life,” said McClain, who played Brown in the 2017 BET hit “New Edition Story.”
According to McClain, speaking with Brown about the mysterious 2015 death of his 22-year-old daughter has been one of the tougher aspects of researching the role.
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“It’s one of those things — we had the discussion, but we didn’t go deep in that,” he said. “But I don’t take him back to those memories. It is just too intense.”
That doesn’t mean the biopic won’t explore that territory.
“(Brown) wants everyone to see his struggles, so people know what to do and know what not to do within the industry and life,” says McClain.
The role of Houston, who was married to Brown from 1992 to 2007, has not yet been cast. Billboard.com, which reported that this series will start where the three-part “The New Edition Story” ended, reports the follow-up will be called “The Bobby Brown Story.”
Bobby Brown is ready to bring his life story to BET.
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In January 2017, BET reported record ratings of 4.4 million viewers for the former.