In most circles, Kevin Costner is not a celebrity that gets discussed all that often. When everyone I ever meet ever in life finds out about my job and asks me to tell them the latest gossip, they’re never thinking “oooh, how’s that Kevin Costner doing?” because it’s 2012 and he’s just not all that anymore (in case you’re wondering, the things I get asked about the most are “that little redheaded girl from Parent Trap” and American Idol). But that’s a shame, because it seems like Kevin Costner is a really solid dude.
Remember when he gave a eulogy at Whitney Houston‘s funeral? He talked about his time with Whitney while filming one of the greatest films of all time, The Bodyguard, and he closed with the one of the most heartbreaking things I ever heard: “Off you go Whitney, off you go. Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father. When you sing before him, don’t you worry. You will be good enough.” He can’t not be an amazing person after saying something that beautiful.
“There were some people that really loved Whitney and a couple times during the last seven/eight years [they] asked me would I write her a letter,” he said.
“When someone said, ‘Would you write someone a letter who you know is having trouble?’ I did. There were two occasions. I elected to let Whitney have her life after The Bodyguard and she would always be close to me. She would always be someone I appreciated. I saw pretty much what everyone else saw. But when someone asked me to write a letter I did. I don’t know if those letters were ever read.”
You can tell he really cares about her, can’t you? Just like he would have really cared about Princess Diana, who, by the way, was talking to him about doing a sequel to The Bodyguard before she died. Really:
“Diana and I had been talking about doing Bodyguard 2,” Costner said. “I told her I would take care of her just the same way that I took care of Whitney.
“She let me know that her life might be changing at some point, so she was having her own internal struggles. When she died, she was obviously all over the news. I knew that that was an interesting story that I had, but I never brought that up and a very good reporter, about a year later, somehow heard something and finally came to me and I said, ‘Yeah, that was true.’ Not that she was going to do it: That we were talking about doing it.
“She wanted me to write it for her,” he continues. “I said, ‘I’ll tailor it for you if you’re interested.’ She goes, ‘I am interested.’ And, then it came from the Royal Family, some people said, ‘No that’s not true, that’s not true.’ Kind of dissed me a little bit and I called them up and said, ‘Don’t do that, because it’s true. I didn’t talk about it when I could have a year earlier and I didn’t try to make it a story. Somebody else found this out and I said it was true, so don’t say it’s not true.’ And so they said, ‘OK.’”
Well, he seems like a bit of an odd bird, but I’m going to go ahead and put Kevin Costner on the good list, all right?
April 11, 2012 at 9:30 am by Emily
“I would like to thank Cissy and Dionne for the honour of being here. Everyone treating my wife and I so gracefully. The song ‘I Will Always Love You’ almost wasn’t. She was meant to sing ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’. So what becomes our broken hearts. For a moment we should dry our tears, suspend our sorrow and anger. Never forget that Cissy and Bobbi Kristina are sitting among us. Your mother and I had a lot in common [he said to Bobbi Kristina]. He’s a boy, she’s a girl. I’m white, she’s black. You’d think we had nothing in common but we did. We both grew up in a Baptist church. My grandmother led the choir and played the piano. I can see her as a skinny girl running around this place, using her smile to get out of trouble and Cissy having enough of it. As I’m sure of Whitney’s place in musical history. I’m also sure of how she felt about her mother. ‘Was I good enough. Could I have done better. Did they really like me or were they just being polite because they’re scared of you Cissy?’
[As for The Bodyguard] , Whitney was nervous and scared that she wasn’t good enough for the role. But I told her I would be with her every step of the way. I wanted to tell her that the fame was rigged. That I didn’t care how the test went, that she could fall down and start speaking in tongues. That somehow it was a kind of acting method. 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 and the part that made her great was also the part that made her stumble. A lot of men could have played my role. But you, Whitney, were the only person who could have played Rachel Marron. People didn’t just like you, Whitney. They loved you. I was your pretend bodyguard once. And now you’re gone too soon. What you did was the rarest of achievements. You set the bar so high that your colleagues don’t even sing that little country song. What’s the point.
I think Whitney would tell you, little girls wanting to become singers: guard your bodies and guard the precious miracle you have.’ Off you go Whitney, off you go. Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father. When you sing before him, don’t you worry. You will be good enough.”
Jeez. Talk about rip my heart out and shove it to me over a table full of sad things. And what’s equally sad is that this is probably the first and only post on Evil Beet that’s ever been categorized in both Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Maybe if things didn’t turn out the way they did with Whitney and her drug issues, this mutual categorization could have been better used for something like, I don’t know, a Bodyguard reunion or something.
Hey. A lady who was a little girl in the eighties and nineties can dream, can’t she?
You can check out the full speech below.
February 20, 2012 at 10:30 am by Sarah
At the age of 53, Kevin Costner is ready to become a rock star. Well, a country star, at least.
Kevin Costner will fulfill a longtime dream in November when he releases his first album with his country-rock band, Modern West.
The actor, who told PEOPLE that his unlikely turn as a lead singer elicited double-takes when the band played a NASCAR event in July, has been playing music with some of his band mates for nearly 20 years.
An early incarnation of the band (once called Roving Boy) stalled when Costner’s movie career took off, but in the past few years he’s devoted more time to music. “I remember looking out into the crowd, thinking, ‘This just feels right,’ ” Costner, 53, said in a statement about an early performance with Modern West.
Apparently Costner co-wrote six of the songs on the upcoming albums. Some of the tracks are expected to hit country radio as early as this week.
Will you be buying a Kevin Costner country album?