Kevin Costner Says Princess Diana Was Interested in 'Bodyguard 2' Role

In 1992's The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner worked with Whitney Houston, the late princess of pop. So it's only natural that for the sequel, he had once attracted the interest of a real princess. According to the actor-director, none other than Princess Diana was interested in starring opposite him in a proposed follow-up to the original movie.

"Diana and I had been talking about doing Bodyguard 2," Costner, 57, tells Anderson Cooper in an interview airing on Anderson in May. "I told her I would take care of her just the same way that I took care of Whitney."

Costner, who is promoting his upcoming History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, explains that in the mid-1990s, he would've been willing to craft the role specifically for Diana, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for an acting debut.

"She wanted me to write it for her. I said 'I'll tailor it for you if you're interested.' She goes, 'I am interested,'" Costner told Cooper.

The actor once told ABC that the film's sequel would have featured his bodyguard character protecting the Princess while becoming intimately involved with each other (not much different than the original, except with a princess instead of a pop star).

Unfortunately, the actor recounts, he received a draft of the Bodyguard 2 script exactly one day before Diana died in a Paris car crash at age 36.

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