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"She Wanted Me To Write It For Her": Lady Diana Was To Star In 'Bodyguard 2' Opposite Kevin Costner Before Fateful Accident

"She Wanted Me To Write It For Her": Lady Diana Was To Star In 'Bodyguard 2' Opposite Kevin Costner Before Fateful Accident

"Now I understand the buzz you get from performing," Princess Diana, who loved to perform, once said to the person she danced alongside on stage.

In 1997, the entire world was shocked and heartbroken when almost every news channel carried the news of a horrible car crash in Paris taking the life of Princess Diana. But the day before she passed away, director, Kevin Costner received a script that was to be tailor-made for the People's Princess.

She was talented in many ways and her charisma always managed to mesmerize people, and she was ready to dip her toes into the acting field for a role that she would very much be able to relate to. Kevin Costner, actor and Oscar-winning director, revealed how he wanted to adapt the character in The Bodyguard sequel to suit Princess Diana as she was in line to play the role of a princess in the movie, similar to the role of Whitney Houston who appeared in the first movie, according to Oprah Magazine.



 

The first film was one of the biggest hits of the 1990s and Kevin Costner had been having conversations with Princess Diana about The Bodyguard 2.

"Diana and I had been talking about doing Bodyguard 2. I told her I would take care of her just the same way that I took care of Whitney," Kevin Costner told ABC's Anderson show, as reported by The Telegraph. "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.'"



 

If her story hadn't ended tragically, Princess Diana could have shown bits of her own personal experiences through her portrayal of the character. In The Bodyguard 2, the story would have revolved around a former special agent who toke on the responsibility of being a bodyguard who protects the princess from, helping her escape from prying paparazzi and stalkers. Having had similar experiences in her own life, it would have given the audience a chance to see the threats that celebrities like her would face almost every single day when they step out of their homes.



 

After years, Kevin Costner could still remember her voice over the phone as they discussed the part. Kevin Costner remembers that although she was interested, she was slightly anxious because she had the kind of life where every move of hers would spark dozens of different opinions. “I just remember her being incredibly sweet on the phone," Kevin Costner told PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “She was nervous because her life was very governed..."



 

Princess Diana's busy life often meant that she had to put her personal desires on hold. But when she did get the chance to go up on stage and perform, she effortlessly wow-ed the audience. Wayne Sleep, who once performed alongside Princess Diana at the Royal Opera House in December 1985, said, "The audience gasped when Diana appeared as if they’d all taken one huge breath. The routine had a bit of everything: jazz, ballet, even a kickline." According to The Guardian, he went on to say, "At one point, I pirouetted and she pushed me down; then I carried her across the stage. I remember thinking, 'Don’t drop the future Queen of England.'"



 

Princess Diana loved every bit of performing. "She loved it, but was most thrilled we’d kept it secret from Charles, and our rehearsals away from the paparazzi," said Wayne Sleep. "She loved the freedom dancing gave her. A few days later, I got a letter. She wrote: 'Now I understand the buzz you get from performing.'"

Having loved the thrill of performing, Princess Diana was ready to step into the world of acting and people can't help but wonder about the stellar performance she could've given.



 

References:
https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/tv-movies/a28244614/princess-diana-the-bodyguard-sequel-kevin-costner/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/diana/9197969/Princess-Diana-wanted-to-star-in-sequel-to-The-Bodyguard-says-Kevin-Costner.html
https://people.com/royals/kevin-costner-talks-princess-diana-bodyguard-sequel-sarah-ferguson-help/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jul/14/thats-me-diana-dance-wayne-sleep