One of the most well-known romance films of its time, 1994’s “The Bodyguard” arrived during the peak of Kevin Costner’s career. The film was a smash hit, but never scored a follow-up.
Then, in 2012, Costner surprisingly revealed that shortly after the film had opened, the one and only Diana, Princess of Wales took a call to potentially star in a sequel opposite him. Of course, the beloved British royal died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 and Costner, until now, has never elaborated on the story of how she might have been involved in the “Bodyguard” follow-up.
Recently, during an appearance on People Magazine’s Couch Surfing video talk show, he offered more details about what happened with the project. Costner says: “The studio liked the idea of doing The Bodyguard 2, [with Princess Diana] in the same kind of capacity as Whitney. Nobody really knew that for about a year.”
He goes on to say it was the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson (‘Fergie’) who set up the conversations between him and Diana and Fergie was very supportive of the whole thing. He then discussed his conversation with Diana:
“I said, look I’m going to write this part with you in mind, is this something you’d like to do? She said, ‘Yes, I do’. I just remember her being incredibly sweet on the phone, and she asked the question, she goes, ‘Are we going to have like a kissing scene?’ She said it in a very respectful way. 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.’
Costner previously mentioned that the script wasn’t complete until August 1997, the same month the crash took Diana from the world. He meanwhile was finishing up work on “The Postman ” at that time and has generally avoided sequels in his career, the lone exception being “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
Costner can now be seen starring in Paramount Network’s hit series “Yellowstone” and voices a dog named Enzo in next month’s theatrical release “The Art of Racing in the Rain”.