The Bodyguard Wasn't Written For Whitney Houston
Far from it.
An imminent biography of Oscar winner Michael Douglas, written by Marc Eliot, reminds us that The Bodyguard had a long and checkered history before it finally came to the screen in the '90s.
As Eliot writes:
Director Tony Richardson offered Jack Nicholson the male lead in The Bodyguard, based on a script Richardson wrote with Sam Shepard.
At first, the project appealed to Nicholson, but then he read Bo Goldman's adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and his mind started straying over to that project.
He ended up saying yes to the movie about the loony bin rather than the one about pop stardom.
But The Bodyguard was hardly dead in the water.
It became a reimagined vehicle for superstars Steve McQueen and Diana Ross.
Alas, that version didn't go forward because McQueen refused to take second-position billing after Miss Ross, and no way was Miss Ross taking second billing!
But in 1992, with the starring duo of Kevin Costner and The Whitney Houston, the classic show biz saga finally took flight.
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And don't I relay 20-plus-year-old gossip better than anyone?
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