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There are certain white actors who enjoy popularity in the black community that other ones just don’t have. One of those actors is Kevin Costner, who won Black audiences over with his portrayal of Whitney Houston’s dedicated protector turned not-meant-to-be lover in The Bodyguard. When he spoke lovingly of the singer/actress at her funeral, he became even more credible. His latest movie 3 Days to Kill opens in theaters on Friday. In it, he plays a forcibly retired CIA agent who has one last job to do before ending his career.

“He’s an ex-CIA guy who’s being retired so because he has a terminal illness so he’s no longer a useful asset and he has to go somewhere so he goes back to a family he’s been estranged from,” Costner told The Tom Joyner Morning Show. “They don’t easily receive him. The only way he feels he has value to them is to put some money in their bank account. To do that, he has to do the thing he knows how to do. He’s asked by a splinter group of the CIA to go dispatch a few people for money and he does. But it’s quite funny along the way.”

Costner has appeared in a variety of movies during his lengthy career and in many of them he’s played military men, lawmen and action heroes in films like Against All Odds, the Untouchables and Revenge. He won an Oscar for directing and starring in 1990′s Dancing With Wolves and is known for his baseball films Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. But as he’s gotten older, Costner has starred in smaller, more character-driven films that emphasize his age and experience. Although some think he’s been laying low the last few years, he’s just become more selective about his work.

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