Kevin Costner reveals Princess Diana was 'nervous' about kissing scene after she began talks to star in The Bodyguard's sequel
Costner says the British royal was considering the role created in the sequel for her prior to her death in 1997.
If everything had been according to plan then the world probably would have seen Princess Diana star in a movie.
In an interview for People TV's 'Couch Surfing', which was posted on Friday, actor Kevin Costner revealed how Princess Diana almost starred in a sequel to 'The Bodyguard'.
Sharing the news that Diana, Princess of Wales was in talks to star in 'The Bodyguard' sequel, Costner elaborated about the filmmaker's plans to have the ill-fated royal play a love-interest role similar to Whitney Houston in the first film.
"I just remember [Diana] being incredibly sweet on the phone, and she asked one question, she goes, 'Are we going to have like a kissing scene?' She said it in a very respectful way," recalled the 64-year-old actor. "
The Academy Award-winning director said that the by then ex-wife on Charles, Prince of Wales, was concerned about public perception regarding any on-screen kissing because her life was always open to the public eye.
"She was nervous because her life was very governed. And I said, ‘Yeah, there’s going to be a little bit of that, but we can make that OK too.'”
The 'Yellowstone' actor also revealed that Sarah Ferguson, aka the Duchess of York, aka Fergie, played a key role in putting him in touch with the late princess. "I always respect Sarah because she's the one that set up the conversation between me and Diana," said Costner. "She was the one that set it up, and she never said, 'Well, what about me? I'm a princess too.' She was just so supportive of the idea."
However, Princess Diana tragically died before she could even read the script, after her car crashed in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997.
The movie saw Costner portray the role of ex-Secret Service agent Frank Farmer assigned to serve as a bodyguard of R&B singer Rachel Marron (played by Whitney Houston). The movie turned out to be a gigantic hit for its studio Warner Bros., amassing over $400 million worldwide and landing at number 7 on the US domestic box office chart for 1992. 'The Bodyguard' also garnered two Oscar nominations.
Houston tragically died in 2012 – determined to be accidental drowning in a bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.