Whitney Houston’s musical image left a broken legacy that continues to inspire singers who followed her. After moving from modeling to music, Houston joined a team that allowed her voice to rise across the globe. But it was her talent that carried her.
It took a while, but it wasn’t long before fans learned that the singer was a good actor as well. Her first review into a film with Kevin Costner went in The Defender as Rachel Marron, a role that opened more doors for her in the world of acting. But she didn’t want the part at first.
Houston was scared of ‘The Bodyguard’
From the early days of her career, Houston made a toy with the idea of making films, but it wasn’t something she aimed for or put on her checklist.
After the success of her debut album in 1985 and her sophomore project in 1987, Houston began receiving offers for film careers. She turned them down. When the script for The Defender on the land of her bosom, she was frightened and unsure of the character.
In a 1993 interview with Rolling Stone, Houston said Rachel was “rough.”
“So I read the script. I liked the story, but at first Rachel was very rough, very hard – a little bit, ”she said. In addition, Houston rethought audience perceptions of his acting skills – most notably in a star role alongside Kevin Costner.
“You know what I was worried about? These people would dog me before they gave me the opportunity to do the work. She told the uprising it took him two years to accept the final part, something Costner shared when he spoke at a Houston funeral.
Kevin Costner convinced Houston to take the job
Houston told Rolling Stone that her laziness was finally boiling down to fear. She planned to get her feet wet slowly and confidently in the film industry, and explained that this part looked too big. But Costner changed her mind.
“I was waiting too long for Kevin. I think he got a hold of his nerves, ”Houston said. “He shouted one day and said, ‘Listen, are you going to make this film with me or not? ‘I told him about my fears. I said: ‘I’m scared. I don’t want to go out and fall. ‘And he said:’ I promise you I will not let you fall. I will help you. And he did. ‘
Costner often said Houston was the right choice for the role because she was a talented singer, and the film was a good vehicle for her first acting.
‘The Bodyguard’ ruled at the box office
Although critics did not care about the film, it was highly regarded by filmmakers and The Defender earning more than $ 400 million worldwide. It’s still one of pop culture’s favorite classics.
In addition, Houston’s high-powered vocals helped the soundtrack to numerous awards, including Grammys, Billboard awards, and American Music Awards.
Fortunately, fans can stream the hit movie on HBO Max, Amazon Prime, iTunes, or YouTube.