Kevin Costner Remembers Whitney Houston at Funeral [Video]

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Whitney Houston's close friend and The Bodyguard co-star Kevin Costner delivered a touching speech at her funeral yesterday in Newark, New Jersey.

He recalled to mourners gathered at the church and fans watching online that Houston, despite her fame, was a humble woman who doubted herself.

"The greatest pop star in the world didn't think she was good enough," Costner, 57, said of Houston, who died of a possible overdose last week at 48.

"There were a thousand things that seemed to her to be wrong."

Kevin said there were many men who could've played his part in their iconic 1992 film, after which he remained close to Houston, but there was only one Whitney.

When she was screen-testing for the role, which was put in production a year later than slated because she was on tour, Whitney Houston asked herself:

"Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?"

As those attending the funeral laughed, Costner recalled how she almost sabotaged herself re-touching her own makeup, which melted under the studio lighting.

"I wanted to tell her that the game was rigged, that I didn't care how the test went, that she could fall down and start speaking tongues," he said.

"That no matter what she did, I'd find a way to explain it as an extraordinary acting choice. And gee, weren't we lucky to have her?"

Indeed. R.I.P.

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REED. i didnt look at other blogs. i came to this one just out of curiosity & respect over what Costner had to say. Now you turned me into you. Ranting about shit that has nothing to do with Costner. Did you expect anything more out of the "Lime-Lighters"? I never said i disagreed with what you said. Just didnt like where you said it. Actually none of my business. I'll be the bigger person and apologize for continuing with this conversation. Wish you well. If you should die before me, I'll call Sharpton to attend. lol.

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@ng- only one? Not by a long shot. Look around at other blogs about this death and how people veiw it. Insensitive? When your Ex husband - whom you have a child with- - grabs his dick and gives a shout out and then starts dancing before you are in the ground- Now that would be insensitive. These showcasing people need to be called out - Day & Night! Most people that were " once on her side" made a complete Self Serving moment out of this whole affair! The proper time for this to be stood up against- it should be while it is happening!

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@Reed. i agree they both love the camera.

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@REED I'm not calling you racist, but there's something to be said for you being the only one making a negative comment about the "Reverends", when the topic was Kevin Costner's eulogy for Whitney Houston. Obviously, you were interested in Whitney's death. Couldn't you find a better place for your topic? I'm sure you'd find plenty of others that agree with you. I dont't like Sharpton. And yea...definitely insensitive during a sensitive time.

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Kevin Costner, the way you spoke of Whitney Houston, as a lovely and talented lady, the way you related how you connected with her, are just the ways God wants us to regard our fellow human beings - without the stigma of race. I decided to read about you, because you are real. God loves in definitely abiding in your heart. May He continue to bless you and your family in all your endeavours. Sonia

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Kevin Costner, the way you spoke of Whitney Houston, as a lovely and talented lady, the way you related how you connected with her, are just the ways God wants us to regard our fellow human beings - without the stigma of race. I decided to read about you, because you are real. God loves in definitely abiding in your heart. May He continue to bless you and your familyfamily in all your endeavours. Sonia

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Kevin Costner, you are the man. That had to be one the best eulogies ever given. You gave us insight on the real Whitney Houston and as a fan, thank you. I watched the bodyguard a million times and I too believe that no female could have played her role to perfection. R.I.P Whitney. You are truly amoung the greats. It really is a musical heaven.

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@ Nancy- I did - still haven't got an answer to my question. Insensitive? It is amazing to me yet so typical how some people when asked a question- they scream racism! Every time a question is brought up about a black- it is the same old bullshit. If you don't like the question then maybe you should help clean up the mess and you wont be asked the question. Costner was good but to many including AL Sharpton and Jackson want to keep themselves in the spot light!

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Hey Reed! why dont you reread what others wrote so you can realize how extremely inappropriate your comment was. how cold and immature to use this event as a tool to show your racial ignorance. did your mom ever tell you "IF YOU CANT SAY SOMETHING NICE, DONT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL"? Yea, i didnt think so...

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i believe kevin costner did a awesome job & too know he loved her as much as anyone else did...whitney you will forever be loved & deeply missed :(