Remember when Kevin Costner and the late, lamented Whitney Houston famously starred together in 1992’s blockbuster The Bodyguard? Remember how the striking poster for the romantic thriller depicted Costner carrying Nippy away from danger? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Kevin Costner revealed that he wasn’t actually carrying Whitney in the pic.
Kevin spun a tale of body doubles and stand-ins and how he was running the show and was always right about cinematic stuff. If you’ll recall, Kevin had quite the ego back in the day. Until it sank with Waterworld which was followed by the mail bomb that was The Postman.
“That wasn’t even Whitney actually,” Costner tells EW. “She had gone home and that was her double, and her head was buried into my shoulder, which was appropriate anyway. She was frightened.”
Kevin said that he knew that particular photo should be the poster as soon as he saw it, but the studio gave him some guff over it.
But it wasn’t as easy as that — the executives didn’t like that you couldn’t see Houston’s face since she was a huge pop star at the time and therefore a big draw for audiences. “They didn’t like it at first because you couldn’t see Whitney’s face,” he explains. “And so they sent me like five mockups where they put her head [on it] where she’s looking [out]. I said ‘Guys, I think we had it the first time.’ That it was really, and that ended up being the poster.”
Next thing you know, we’re going to find out that Whitney didn’t write “I Will Always Love You!” What’s that? She’d didn’t? Dolly Parton did? This can’t be life. Everything’s a lie.
Pic: Warner Bros.