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(1992)

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One of the few films that presented a fictional Academy Awards in its plot and later on were nominated for the actual Academy Awards. While this movie scored two Best Song nominations, the other movie with similar circumstances, California Suite (1978) managed to win an Oscar (acting category, an ironic contrast with the movie's subplot involving an actress who loses the same award).
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Rachel's mansion is the same mansion as the "horse's head in the bed" mansion in The Godfather (1972).
Whitney Houston suffered a miscarriage during production and missed a couple of weeks of production recovering.
Kevin Costner said that he based his portrayal of Frank Farmer on actor Steve McQueen. He even went as far as to get McQueen's trademark haircut for the role.
The film had to undergo some hasty re-cutting when test audiences jeered Whitney Houston's performance.
This film was originally proposed in the mid-'70s, starring Diana Ross and Steve McQueen, but was rejected as "too controversial". The film concept was to be attempted again in the late 1970s, with Ryan O'Neal and Diana Ross cast as the leads. The project fell through after only a few months because of irreconcilable differences between O'Neal and Ross, who had been dating.
Crew driver Bill Vitagliano was killed in an on-set accident when he was crushed between two colliding scissor-lifts, during the preparation for an underground parking garage scene.
The wisecracking host at the fictional Academy Awards ceremony is comedian Robert Wuhl, who wrote jokes for Billy Crystal's Academy Awards hosting duties in 1990 and 1991.
As of 2015, with over 37 million albums sold, the film had the best-selling soundtrack of all time. Saturday Night Fever (1977) places second--with nearly 10 million fewer albums sold.
Rachel and Frank go and see Yojimbo (1961), which was released in the United States as "The Bodyguard".
It was Kevin Costner's idea for Whitney Houston to start "I Will Always Love You" a capella.
The camera operator riding the dolly rail during the airplane scene where the camera revolves around actors Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston fell off when the centrifugal force surprised him while shooting the scene. The cameraman climbed back onto the rigging during filming to retain operation, finishing the scene, which was kept in the movie.
The proposal for this film was rejected 67 times. (This may be why the fictional Academy Awards ceremony depicted is the 67th, which in real life did not occur until 1995 honoring the films of 1994.)
This was Whitney Houston's first movie role. Kevin Costner was one of the movie's producers. He campaigned to have Houston play Rachel.
Whitney Houston would give Kevin Costner singing lessons on set in exchange for acting advice.
At the fictional Academy Awards ceremony, the Best Sound Oscar goes to Mychal Smith and Kay Colvin (who were in reality the Boom Operator and Cable Person respectively), the Best Song winner is written by Nancy Garber (who was really the film's Art Department Researcher) and one of the fictional nominated songwriters was Leslie Moraes (who was really the film's Assistant Location Manager).
The basement used as Kevin Costner's basement in the movie the bodyguard is the same basement that's used in NCIS (2003) as Gibbs basement.
DeVaughn Nixon said that Kevin Costner told him to always respect women and be a gentleman. Whitney Houston's advice was to always have faith and believe in himself.
Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston bonded over growing up in the Baptist Church. Costner told Houston a story about getting caught sneaking grape juice from the communion glasses.
Kevin Costner, during his eulogy at Whitney Houston's Feb. 18, 2012 funeral, related that when Whitney auditioned for her role, her makeup had begun running down her face. Before the audition, Whitney had hurriedly removed her movie-set makeup and had instead applied her regular show-business makeup she used at concerts so she would feel more normal. The heat of the lighting for her audition caused the replacement makeup to run. Kevin quickly halted the audition; Whitney returned to her trailer where she related what had happened to Kevin. The movie makeup was re-applied, and the audition was then successfully completed.
Kevin Costner requested that David Foster produce for him, after just meeting him.
This was the second-highest-grossing movie in the world for 1992, behind Aladdin (1992).
Kevin Costner and Mick Jackson encouraged Whitney Houston not to take acting lessons - they wanted her to be natural.
It was rumored that a sequel was in the works with Kevin Costner returning as Frank Farmer, in which, at one point, Diana, Princess of Wales had expressed interest, before her tragic death in 1997. Sadly, Whitney Houston passed away in 2012. If the sequel had happened, it may have followed Frank, who is struggling to come to terms with Rachel's death, as he is assigned to protect a new client. Like Rachel, she too is a pop singer, whose life is in danger. However, a remake is in development.
Originally I Will Always Love You" wasn't in the movie - the big single was "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." When that song was used in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Kevin Costner suggested "I Will Always Love You."
Whitney Houston said Kevin Costner taught her to focus on listening and communicating through her eyes.
Whitney Houston had a cold when she recorded "Run to You" for the movie.
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"The Bodyguard" was the favorite movie of Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia (1975-1983), revealed by his granddaughter Rachel during a family tribute at his funeral in Melbourne, March 27 2015.
The brand of whisky being drunk throughout the film is Springbank from Campbeltown in Scotland, where the director was on holiday prior to making the film.
No one with any firearms training would handle a gun like Kevin Costner. One time he casually handles a gun while it's pointed at someone for several seconds. At the cabin, he repeats this with a gun which is clearly loaded and ready to shoot.
Whitney Houston had to postpone eight concert dates during her Bodyguard tour due to throat problems.
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DeVaughn Nixon's mother couldn't come to Tahoe, so he thought of Whitney Houston as his "mom" on set.
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Whitney Houston's "Queen of the Night" costume turned up years later in a sci-fi prop store on a 2012 episode of Hollywood Treasure (2010).
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Kevin Costner's character is shown having attended West Virginia University (WVU). The movie was written by Lawrence Kasdan who graduated from high school in Morgantown WV, the same city where WVU is located.
Scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also the director of The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985) and Wyatt Earp (1994). Kevin Costner was in all of those films, though his part in the first one was cut.
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Mick Jackson told Whitney Houston to think of every scene like it was a song.
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Yojimbo (1961) is shown in the movie. Yojimbo means "bodyguard" in Japanese.
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This was Michele Lamar Richards' first movie.
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Stunt coordinator Norman Howell also worked with Kevin Costner on Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Postman (1997).
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Tony Pierce was also in Dances with Wolves (1990) with Kevin Costner.
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As the script went through revisions, Mick Jackson said it got "darker and more violent."
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Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is a fan of director Akira Kurosawa. As such, he named the film after Yojimbo (1961), and wrote the male lead role for Steve McQueen, who had appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960), a remake of Seven Samurai (1954).
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Host of the fictional Oscars is played by Robert Wuhl, he and Kevin Costner shared the screen in Bull Durham in 1988.
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The film takes place from 1994 to 1995.
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Debbie Reynolds appears as herself. Her daughter Carrie Fisher appeared in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), which were also written by Lawrence Kasdan. Fisher and her own daughter Billie Lourd appeared together in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), also written by Kasdan.
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Composer Alan Silvestri also scored Fandango (1985), which also starred Kevin Costner.
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Kevin Costner first saw the script while working with Lawrence Kasdan on Silverado (1985).
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Composer Alan Silvestri also provided the score for the same year's FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), in which Christian Slater starred. Slater and Costner co-starred in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001).
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Mick Jackson directed L.A. Story (1991), starring Steve Martin, the year before The Bodyguard (1992). Scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan directed Grand Canyon (1991), also starring Martin.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Kevin Costner said that if he could change one thing about the movie, he would not have the shooting take place at the Oscars.

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