Whitney Houston’s big break in 1992 with “The Bodyguard” came with some help from Kevin Costner, and apparently Costner had his eyes set on molding Princess Diana into his next big star, according to a report from US Weekly.
Costner, 57, told Anderson Cooper in an interview scheduled to air next month: “Diana and I had been talking about doing ‘Bodyguard 2.’ I told her I would take care of her just the same way that I took care of Whitney.”
The producer and actor was planning to craft a role especially for Princess Diana in the sequel, and she was reportedly on board. He was planning to feature his character shielding the Princess from paparazzi before the pair became tangled in an affair.
“She [Princess Diana] wanted me to write it for her. I said ‘I’ll tailor it for you if you’re interested.’ She goes, ‘I am interested,'” Costner told Cooper.
In an ironic twist, Costner received a draft of the “Bodyguard 2” script on August 31, 1997 — the day before 36-year-old Diana’s unexpected death in a car accident in Paris.
Costner was chosen to deliver a tribute during Houston’s funeral in Newark, N.J. in February of 2012.
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