Costner Pays Tribute To Bodyguard Co-Star

Kevin Costner paid tribute to Whitney Houston at the late actress and singer’s funeral last Friday.

The pair starred together in The Bodyguard and the actor spoke of his devastation at the loss of “the sweet miracle of Whitney”.

Speaking of his co-star’s nerves at accepting the role of Rachel Marron in the 1992 film, he said: “At the height of her singing fame I asked Whitney to star with me in a film called The Bodyguard. But the red flags came out immediately: “Maybe I should think this over a bit”.

“We could think of another singer, was the suggestion. Perhaps a white actress…with more experience.

“But…she was perfect for what we were trying to do.”

“There was a bit of a relief in the room when we found out that Whitney was going to be on tour and she wouldn’t be available for our movie. The anxiety came right back when I said we should postpone and wait a year.”

Costner also spoke of the day of Whitney’s screen test for the role; the studio had insisted that she prove herself as an actress before the project was held.

“She was scared, she didn’t think she looked right – there were a thousand things that were wrong.

“You weren’t just good enough, you were great. You sang the whole damn song without a band.

“You made the picture what it was. A lot of leading men could have played my part, a lot of guys could have filled that role. But you Whitney, I truly believe, were the only one who could have played Rachel Marron at that time. You weren’t just pretty. You were as beautiful as a woman could be.

“And people just didn’t like you, Whitney. They loved you.”

Listen to the whole speech below.