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Costner discusses Houston, career
By Steve Tilley, QMI Agency


Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner are shown in a scene from their 1992 film 'The Bodyguard'. (Warner Home Video Copyright 2004)

It's been more than two months since Whitney Houston's death, but as Kevin Costner has discovered, the public's hunger for insight into the singer's troubled life and untimely demise remains unsated.

Costner has spent the past several weeks fielding questions about his co-star in the 1992 romantic thriller The Bodyguard, the movie that propelled the already successful Houston into the entertainment stratosphere.

"Whitney's no different than Sean Connery or Gene Hackman or these great actors -- I really respect them and think about them and know them to be friendly to me, but I don't try to create this pal thing with everyone I work with," Costner told QMI Agency Thursday, describing his relationship with Houston following The Bodyguard.

In clips from an interview with newsman and talk show host Anderson Cooper released earlier this week, Costner said he'd written to Houston a couple of times during her much-publicized battles with substance abuse, but at the urging of others.

He's not sure if she ever read the letters.

Houston's death, and the movie that marked her movie breakthrough, have also reignited discussion about a proposed sequel to The Bodyguard that would have starred Princess Diana.

"It would have worked. It would have been great," Costner said.

Diana herself had suggested the idea to Costner, and a draft script was completed just before the princess's death in a 1997 Paris car crash.

"It would have been constructed in a way that was really graceful for her and really dramatic for the movie, and she would have been perfect," Costner said.

Costner himself has followed a meandering path through the star system, producing, directing and acting in films, including The Untouchables, Field of Dreams and Tin Cup. He snagged a directing Oscar for 1990's Dances With Wolves, in which he also starred, but took a drubbing for critical flops Waterworld and The Postman.

While he dropped out of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino Western Django Unchained due to scheduling conflicts, he's wrapped work on the seven-hour TV miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, premiering next month, and completed his scenes as Clark Kent's father, Jonathan Kent, in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel.

"He's the real deal," Costner said of Snyder, who helmed Watchmen and 300.

"I respect his filmmaking and his vision. He's a true artist, so it'll be interesting to see how he mounts it. He didn't take any prisoners when he made it, that's for sure."

At this particular moment, though, Costner is all about the music. He's toured with his country band Modern West since 2007.

"I think in life, I don't have a grand plan," he said.

"I didn't know I was going to do the music at all. I was just kind of living it, feeling it and then the next thing you know, some songs started to bubble up."

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