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Kevin Costner Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston

Posted Saturday February 18, 2012 5:46 PM GMT

Flying into the east coast the previous night, Kevin Costner was among the stars in attendance for the funeral of recently departed singer/actress Whitney Houston.

With the proceedings taking place at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday (February 18), the "Dances with Wolves" actor took to the podium to offer up words in remembrance oh his former "Bodyguard" co-star.

Reminiscing about having asked Houston to join him as a castmate in "The Bodyguard," Costner said he “was reminded that this would be her first acting role. You could also think about another singer, was the suggestion — maybe somebody white. Nobody ever said it out loud, but it was a fair question. [I] then told everyone that I had taken notice that Whitney was black. The only problem was I thought she was perfect for what we were trying to do.”

“Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, you weren’t just good enough, you were great,” Kevin added during his closing remarks. “You sang the whole damn song without a band. You made the picture what it was. A lot of leading men could’ve played my part … but you, Whitney, I truely believe you were the only one who could’ve played Rachel Marron at that time. You weren’t just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn’t just like you Whitney, they loved you.”

Below are pictures of Kevin Costner arriving at JFK Airport (February 17).

Photo Credit: SplashNewsOnline.com