Whitney Houston‘s “Bodyguard” co-star, Kevin Costner, is dropping a bombshell on fans — the singer wasn’t the famous female on the iconic poster!
The 64-year-old actor is revealing the unthinkable news nearly 30 years after its release date and die-hard fans are shook.
Costner opened up about the popular misconception to EW, which they posted on Friday, saying it was actually her stunt double that appeared on the movie poster.
“That wasn’t even Whitney actually,” Costner told the outlet. “She had gone home and that was her double, and her head was buried into my shoulder, which was appropriate anyway. She was frightened.”
In the poster, Costner’s character, Frank Farmer, is seen playing his heroic self pulling Houston’s character, Rachel Marron, to safety after a riot broke out in the nightclub while she was performing on stage.
Costner takes credit for pushing the photo on executives, who he admits weren’t immediately thrilled with the idea.
“I picked that picture out because my friend Ben Glass took it…I sent it to Warner Brothers and I go, ‘There’s the poster.’ Because it was so evocative. It wasn’t special photography; it wasn’t anything,” he said.
It took a little pushing, because it isn’t standard protocol for the star of the film to not be front-and-center on the advertisement.
‘They didn’t like it at first because you couldn’t see Whitney’s face,” he explained.
Costner ended up winning the fight and that’s the story behind the iconic poster we know, and love, today.
“And so they sent me like five mockups where they put her head [on it] where she’s looking [out]. I said ‘Guys, I think we had it the first time.’ That it was really, and that ended up being the poster,” the actor revealed.
He also divulges details on that steamy chemistry he shared with Houston, crediting the onscreen spark to Lawrence Kasdan’s screenplay.
“[It was a] very funny, acidic kind of relationship that was unique. His own rhythm of language that I knew would create [sparks],” he reflected. “It just caught [Whitney] at a really high moment or actually created a high moment for her. The words provide the chemistry in a way.”
In the 1992 hit, Costner plays an ex-Secret Service agent hired to protect the world’s biggest pop star. Like any true romance, they end up falling hard for each other.
If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and grab some popcorn ASAP.