Kevin Costner noted how much different he and Whitney Houston were, yet so much alike in so many ways. He spoke movingly about his relationship with his “Bodyguard” co-star at the singer’s all-star funeral.
Costner, 57, seemed a little out of place when he was announced as one of the speakers, but he shared genuine moments with Whitney that recalled their surprisingly close relationship during filming of the 1992 movie.
“A lot of men could have played that role. But you Whitney were the only person who could have played [Bodyguard character] Rachel Marron. People didn’t just like you Whitney. They loved you,” he said.
But what the public didn’t see, Kosner said, was Whitney’s trepidation and doubt about performing in the movie, her big screen debut. He also related how wary studio executives were about her.
The film, although receiving mixed reviews, grossed more than $400 million worldwide and cemented Houston as a major star. The film soundtrack won three Grammys, and Houston immortalized such songs as “I will Always Love You.”
“The Whitney I knew despite her worldwide fame, always worried. Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?” Costner shared. “The part that made her great was also the part that made her stumble.”
Houston’s inner demons eventually got the best of her, and she sunk into a world of depravity and drug use, aided and abetted by husband of 14-years Bobby Brown. Despite several attempts at rehabilitation, she continually backslid. The last time occurred on Feb. 11, when she died.
Turning to Houstons’s mother Cissy and daughter Bobbi Kristina, Costner said: “For a moment we should dry our tears, suspend our sorrow and anger.
“What you did was the rarest of achievements. You set the bar so high. That your colleagues don’t even sing that little country song. What’s the point. I think Whitney would tell you, little girls wanting to become singers, ‘Guard your bodies and guard the precious miracle you have.'”