Kevin Costner reveals it wasn't Whitney Houston on the 'Bodyguard' poster

Kevin Costner reveals it wasn't Whitney Houston on the 'Bodyguard' poster

Kevin Costner has revealed that the woman on iconic 'Bodyguard' poster was not, in fact, Whitney Huston.

Since its release in 1992, the woman in the steamy and romantic poster, which also features Kevin Costner, has been assumed to be Whitney - which makes sense given that she was Costner's co-star.

Now, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Costner has forever changed how the picture will be seen.

The Bodyguard poster. Credit: Everett Collection

"That wasn't even Whitney actually," Costner said. "She had gone home and that was her double, and her head was buried into my shoulder, which was appropriate anyway. She was frightened."

The iconic image was taken the day the memorable scene was shot, and it was Costner who decided that it would be perfect for the movie's poster.

"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.

Kevin Costner in 2015. Credit: Getty

However, because Whitney's face was not visible, Costner's suggestion was not immediately used. Whitney was, after all, at the height of her fame in 1992.

"They didn't like it at first because you couldn't see Whitney’s face," he said. "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."

Costner and Huston are pictured below at The Bodyguard premier:

Whitney Huston and Kevin Costner at The Bodyguard premier. Credit: Getty

While it wasn't Huston in the poster, her chemistry with Costner in the movie is nothing short of legendary. Costner credited this chemistry to the screenplay, written by Lawrence Kasdan:

"[It was a] very funny, acidic kind of relationship that was unique. His own rhythm of language that I knew would create [sparks] 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."