‘The Bodyguard’ at 30: Kevin Costner says there were warnings against casting Whitney Houston because she was Black

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Whitney Houston was said to be ‘waning in terms of popularity’ when her name came up as a possible co-star/romantic partner for Kevin Costner in The bodyguardthe hit drama that debuted 30 years ago today, November 25, 1992.

“It wasn’t his ‘in’ moment,” Costner told Yahoo Entertainment of the late pop icon during a 2014 Role reminder interview (watch the clip above). “It didn’t really matter to me. I just thought she was the perfect choice.

The Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker also revealed that race was a factor that deterred those involved from casting the pop star as Rachel Marron, a music superstar who becomes romantically involved with her bodyguard (Costner’s Frank Farmer ) while facing threats from a stalker.

“Everyone alerted me to the fact that she was black, which I knew,” he said.

“It might have been easier two years earlier at his peak. But after that movie, she became, I think, one of the biggest stars in the world.

Indeed, Houston, who struggled with drug addiction later in her career and died in 2012, was two years after releasing her third straight 1990s record. I’m your baby tonight. She had also never acted in a film before. Costner was arguably at the peak of his career, having just topped the Oscars with Dance with Wolves.

“I just think people are trying to cast [who] they think she’s the best person, and sometimes the feeling was, ‘Well, let’s pick a real actress, that might be the best for…

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