Kevin Costner’s tribute to Whitney Houston at her funeral played out like a Hollywood blockbuster: It made them laugh, cry, stand up, and cheer. He shared manyfunny moments about Houston in his nearly 20-minute long speech, the most touching of which was probably recounting how he fought for her to star in their movie,"The Bodyguard."
"I thought she was the perfect choice but the red flags came out immediately," he stated. "I was reminded that this would be her first acting role. You could also think about another singer, was the suggestion — maybe somebody white. Nobody ever said it out loud, but it was a fair question, it was. There would be a lot riding on this. Maybe a more experienced actor was the way to go."
"I told everyone that I had taken notice that Whitney was black,” Costner told. "The only problem was that I thought she was perfect for what we were trying to do."
He ended up postponing the movie for a year so that Houston could wrap up her tour and star in it. But once filming started, Costner revealed, her insecurities took over.
"Arguably the biggest pop star in the world didn’t think she was good enough," he said, fight back his tears from falling on the set as Houston questioned her makeup and voice.
"Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, you weren’t just good enough, you were great," he said. "You sang the whole damn song without a band. You made the picture what it was. A lot of leading men could’ve played my part … but you, Whitney, I truely believe you were the only one who could’ve played Rachel Marron at that time. You weren’t just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn’t just like you Whitney, they loved you."
He choked up towards the end. "Off you go Whitney, off you go,"he said. "Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father. When you sing before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”"