Kevin Costner on Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was said to be “down in popularity” when her name came up as a possible co-star/romantic partner for Kevin Costner in Security guardhit drama that started 30 years ago today, November 25, 1992.

“It wasn’t her moment,” Costner told Yahoo Entertainment of the late pop icon in 2014. Summoning a role interview (see clip above). “I didn’t really care. I just thought it was the perfect choice.”

The Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker also revealed that race was a factor that deterred interested parties 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 pointed out to me the fact that he was Black, which I knew,” he said.

“Two years earlier at her peak, it might have been easier. But after that movie, she became, I think, one of the biggest stars in the world.”

Indeed, Houston, who struggled with drug abuse later in her career and died in 2012, was 90 two years after releasing her third consecutive hit record. I’m your baby tonight. She has also never acted in a movie before. Costner was arguably at the peak of his career when he just dominated the Oscars Dances with Wolves.

“I just think people are trying to occupy themselves [who] he thinks he’s the best person, and sometimes the feeling was, ‘Well, cast a real actress, that might be best for the movie,'” said Costner, whose string of hits at the time included Bull Durham (1988) and Field of dreams (1989). “It’s like pretending to be a good baseball player. When you see one of our world-class actresses pretending to be a great singer, it just doesn’t feel right.

“So I really felt we should go after a real singer. It didn’t matter if she was black or white. The fact that she was Black didn’t matter to me.

Costner can currently be seen in Paramount Network’s hit Western Yellowstone.

Houston is getting a Hollywood biopic with a release next month I want to dance with someonestarring Naomi Ackie.

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