In my last article about Whitney Houston I said “I wrote this story about the cause of Whitney's death because it's news. For me personally, I don't care how much she drank or how many lines she did before her bath, other than the fact that it took her away from us. Whitney Houston in my eyes was a national treasure that could sing like no other. She made some bad choices and paid the ultimate price for them. I celebrate her for who she was, not condemn her for what she did.”
The best way to celebrate Whitney’s life and achievements is to own The Bodyguard her breakout 1992 film with Kevin Costner. It’s being re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the film. I saw it at the Malco Paradiso Theater, it was a onetime showing.
I had forgotten how good she was in that movie not to mention how beautiful she was. In her eulogy Kevin Costner said “I urge us all inside and outside, across the nation and around the world to dry our tears, suspend our sorrow and perhaps our anger just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney.” Let’s all do that. Let’s celebrate Whitney’s life.
Some of her fans are too young to have seen The Bodyguard. It’s a must see for every Whitney Houston fan. The Bodyguard opened on November 25, 1992 and I remember thinking that Kevin Costner looked and acted a lot like Steve McQueen in the movie. There was a reason for that. The script written by Lawrence Kasden was written in the 70’s especially for McQueen. Costner cut his hair to look like McQueen.
In the movie Houston played a headstrong pop singer who must hire a bodyguard after she receives death threats and is stalked. Costner plays the bodyguard, a retired Secret Service agent with a terrible incident in his past.
The 1920s Beverly Hills mansion featured in the movie as the home of Rachel Marron, Houston’s character, once belonged to William Randolph Hearst and was also featured twenty years earlier in The Godfather.
“I Will Always Love You,” the break out hit from The Bodyguard wasn’t supposed to be in the movie. The first choice was “What Becomes of a Broken Heart” but according to Costner, it had been used in a movie the previous year.
“I Will Always Love You” was released November 2, 1992 just before the release of the movie and became the biggest single in pop music history. It set new records for sales at nearly five million copies and spent 14 weeks at number one.
Kevin Costner knew Whitney Houston would be perfect for his movie The Bodyguard. She was busy doing a concert tour at the time so he postponed production for a year to wait for her. “A lot of leading men could of played my part, a lot of guys could have filled that role.” He said in Whitney’s eulogy “But you Whitney, I truly believe you were the only one that could have played Rachel Marron at that time.”
He went on to say “The Whitney I knew despite her worldwide fame, always worried. Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me? The part that made her great was also the part that made her stumble.”
Despite mixed reviews, the movie grossed over $400 million worldwide and the soundtrack won three Grammys awards.
See and hear Whitney Houston at her best, get the 20th Anniversary re-release of the The Bodyguard on DVD or Blu-Ray.