Actor Kevin Costner paid his final respects to Whitney Houston on Saturday. His speech was kind and heartfelt but it also revealed a lot we didn’t know about both of them. They had a lot in common which Costner touches on in his moving speech.
Both Costner and Houston were raised in the Baptist church and, while working on the The Bodyguard, they exchanged stories of going to church and getting into trouble with friends. It seems like an unlikely pairing but they both had family that sang in the choir of their church and had a strong spiritual connection.
It was this spiritual connection that drew Costner to Whitney and, when racial debate was raised over her leading role in The Bodyguard, Costner rallied for her to have the part instead of a different (and white) actress.
Whitney was riddled with insecurity about taking the role but Costner was determined to have her play the role that would eventually make her a superstar. Costner describes how she didn’t feel prepared for acting, noting how she didn’t “look” the part. With his constant encouragement, Whitney went ahead with a screen test and landed the role with flying colors. Costner recounts the story with love and emotion bringing a refreshing sense of humanity to America’s sweetheart.
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