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Sean says playing Walter Lee was a life-changing experience. "It's made me fall in love with acting. This role is a blessing and a gift," he says. "As an actor, this is one of the greatest roles of all time."

The role of Walter Lee was originated by Oscar® winner Sidney Poitier in 1959, so Sean knew he had big shoes to fill. "When I received the role I said, 'Hold on, let me get permission,'" he says. So, Sean picked up the phone and tracked Sidney down. "He was, like, 'Oh, come on. This is what you're supposed to do—expose it to a whole new generation,'" Sean says. "And that's my hope, to expose this to a whole new generation."

Sean says he wants families to watch the film not only for its beautiful entertainment, but also to learn an important life lesson. "The message in the story is that money is a part of life, but life is about the love of your family," he says. "That's a message that's very important."
FROM: Raising Sextuplets and Twins, Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad
Published on February 22, 2008