Twenty-nine years ago today (Nov. 25, 2021), one of Kevin Costner’s most popular films made its debut on the big screen. And in addition to showcasing Coster and his famous co-star, the movie also gave the world a new version of a song written by a beloved country star.
As fans are aware, the film tells the story of Frank Farmer and Rachel Marron. He was once a United States Secret Service agent. She is a famous singer who is being stalked by someone she does not know. Farmer is hired to protect Marron. At first, neither one of them is very happy with the arrangement. But things between them change and they grow closer.
The film was a huge hit. It made almost $411 million across the globe. According to IMDb, “The Bodyguard” was Whitney Houston’s film debut. Even though she had no movie acting experience, Kevin Costner wanted her to play the character of Rachel Marron. He was also a producer on the film.
While filming the movie, Houston would give Costner singing lessons. He would give her acting lessons.
A Famous Screenwriter Penned ‘The Bodyguard’
“The Bodyguard” was written by Lawrence Kasdan, who has written some of the most popular films of all time. His other works include “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Big Chill,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
When he came up with the story for what would become “The Bodyguard,” the stars considered for the two main characters were Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. Interestingly, Kevin Costner used Steve McQueen as an inspiration for his role as Frank Farmer.
This Kevin Costner Film Included a Cover of a Song Written By Dolly Parton
Of course, “The Bodyguard” is known for the performances by Kevin Coster and the late Whitney Houston. But, one of the first things people remember about that movie is its use of the Dolly Parton song, “I Will Always Love You.”
Houston covered Parton’s song for the film. It was a song the beloved country music artist wrote as she was leaving the Porter Wagoner Show and striking out on her own in the country music world. Parton recorded the song in 1973. Her version was originally released in 1974. She recorded another version in 1982. This version appeared in the film, “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.”
“Whitney did such a fantastic job. … I was never asked to perform that with Whitney. … wish that could have happened. I would’ve loved that but I don’t think I could’ve come up to (sing) with her, though — she would’ve outsung me on that one for sure,” Parton once said, according to PEOPLE.
Given the popularity of Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You,” the film’s soundtrack was a major success. In fact, by 2015 37 million copies of the soundtrack had been sold.
Whitney Houston passed away in February 2012. She was 48 years old at the time of her death.