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Kevin Costner receives standing ovation for Whitney Houston tribute

Kevin Costner in Rumour Has It

Story by Jack Foley

KEVIN Costner received a standing ovation at the funeral of late singer and former co-star Whitney Houston after paying tearful tribute to her.

The actor was one of a handful of people to speak at the ceremony, which was held at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

Reflecting on his time spent with her on the set of their hit movie The Bodyguard, Costner first revealed that hit song I Will Always Love You wasn’t initially “supposed to be in the movie”.

The first choice was What Becomes of a Broken Heart … what becomes of our broken heart?”

He went on to reflect on the things the co-stars had in common, even noting that this may have come as a surprise to many of the people packed into the church.

But he revealed that, like Houston, he spent his formative years in a baptist church… a commonality they regularly discussed as they got to know each other.

He went on to say: “At the height of her fame as a singer, I asked her to be my co-star. I thought she was the perfect choice. But the red flags came out immediately.

“It was a lot for the studio to accept and to their credit they did but not without a screen test. Whitney would have to earn it. Whitney was scared the biggest pop star in the work wasn’t sure if she as good enough. I held her hand and told her she looked beautiful and that everyone wanted her to be successful but I could still feel the doubt.”

Even though the studio [and subsequently audiences] fell in love with her, he added. “It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble again.

“Whitney, if you could hear me now I would tell you you weren’t just good enough, you were great… I was your pretend bodyguard not too long ago and now you’re gone.

“Off you go, Whitney… escorted by an army of angels and your heavenly father. When you stand before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”

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