Although Lynn hand-picked Spacek to play her, she wasn’t so sure about taking on such a role. In the DVD audio commentary for the Collector’s Edition of Coal Miner’s Daughter, Spacek recalled that she was torn between Lynn’s film and another, especially after Lynn went on late night television and prematurely announced that Spacek would be playing her.
Spacek decided to pray for a sign so she could make her choice. As she was driving with her husband, they had the radio tuned to a classical music station that always switched up the formats at sunset. Once it did, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” started playing. Now if that isn’t a sign, we don’t know what is!
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