Prior to Whitney Houston’s funeral yesterday in which actor Kevin Costner gave a heartfelt eulogy to his 1992 ‘The Bodyguard,’ co star, Whitney Houston, the actor came out and issued a statement blaming himself for not having prevented Whitney Houston’s death.
“I let her down. I should have been there and I wasn’t and now for the rest of my life I will have to live with that pain. I saved her then, I should have saved her now.”
“She was my one true love. I still have ‘I Will Always Love You’ as my ringtone and I count it as a badge of honour every time I get mocked for it.
At yesterday’s funeral service the actor had this to offer:
“At the height of her fame as a singer I asked her to be my costar in a movie called ‘The Bodyguard.’ I thought she was the perfect choice. But the red flags came out immediately. Maybe I should think this over a bit. I was reminded that this would be her first acting role. We could also think about another singer, was a suggestion. Maybe somebody white… Nobody said it out loud, but it was a fair question. It was. There would be a lot riding on this. Maybe a more experienced actress would be the way to go. It was clear that I had really had to think about this.”
“I told everyone that I had taken notice that Whitney was black,” he added, to some laughter.
He continued: “It was the burden that made her great, and the part that caused her to stumble in end. Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, 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.”
Could it be that Mr Costner is reaching for a bygone era where both he and his co star were at their most illustrious? Does he really believe he could’ve saved his co star? Perhaps he managed to do so in the film they both starred in but perhaps for a moment, the grief and exaltation had this fine actor thinking what goes on on the silver screen can also happen off it too?
In the end as difficult as it is to accept it was the singer’s decision to stay the course or not. Nevertheless one has to applaud Mr Costner for his desire to bring closure not to our collective sense of loss but his very own as well, super hero or not.