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Costner Bucks Tide, Defends ‘Waterworld’

August 6, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Kevin Costner doesn’t care that ``Waterworld,″ his futuristic blockbuster from 1995, was a major flop with critics.

``They don’t have that ‘Waterworld’ ride in Universal Studios because it’s not popular,″ the actor-director tells Diane Sawyer in an interview on ABC’s ``Primetime Thursday,″ airing at 10 p.m. EDT. ``It’s a great movie, it really is.″

``I know it made a lot of money,″ he adds.

Costner, 48, also says that one of his biggest hits, 1992′s ``The Bodyguard,″ almost had a sequel _ and it would have starred Princess Diana. He said he’d been talking with her about succeeding Whitney Houston, and got the script for the film on Aug. 31, 1997 _ the day Diana died in a Paris car crash.

``She was very quiet. She was really sweet. And I said, ‘Yeah, there’s going to be a kissing scene.’ And she laughed,″ Costner says. ``There was a very real thing between us in terms of doing this movie. ... She hadn’t said yes to it, but she had indicated to me that she knew her life was going to change.″

Costner’s latest film, the Western ``Open Range,″ will be in theaters Aug. 15.

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