Kevin Costener Princess Diana
April 12, 2012 by staff
Kevin Costener Princess Diana, Princess Diana had hoped to become a film star and was in talks to appear in a sequel to The Bodyguard shortly before her death, actor Kevin Costner has disclosed.
The princess would have had a role specially written for her for the film, provisionally entitled Bodyguard 2, following in the footsteps of the late Whitney Houston in the original movie.
Costner, who produced the 1992 film, said: “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.
“She wanted me to write it for her. I said ‘I’ll tailor it for you if you’re interested.’ She goes: ‘I am interested.’”
The actor told ABC’s Anderson show that the Bodyguard 2 would have featured his character, former special agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer, protecting the People’s Princess from paparazzi and stalkers before embarking on a steamy affair with her.
The Daily Telegraph also reported that Costner revealed that the script was delivered to him on August 31 1997 – the day before Princess Diana died of injuries she sustained in a car crash in Paris at the age of 36.
The original Bodyguard was one of the highest grossing films of the 1990s, and its soundtrack, featuring Houston singing the Dolly Parton song I Will Always Love You, became the bestselling soundtrack of all time, moving more than 42 million copies.
Costner himself had insisted Houston sing the track, overruling producers who wanted a more upbeat number.
Delivering the eulogy at Houston’s funeral in February, Costner spoke movingly how he had helped the young singer, in her first movie role, overcome her nerves.
The Bodyguard was originally written by Lawrence Kasdan as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross in the 1970s, but never made it to the big screen before being revived by Costner.
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