Role Recall: Kevin Costner Reminisces on 'Field of Dreams,' 'The Bodyguard,' and More
Few actors can lay claim to headlining four consecutive decades' worth of box-office hits, but that's just what you'll see if you peruse Kevin Costner's canon of work.
It's the variety of roles, and affects they've had on moviegoers he meets, however, that most satisfies the Oscar-winning actor-director.
"That's probably the best thing for me at this point in my career, is that nobody drills down on a certain movie," Costner told Yahoo Movies. "I'm always surprised what comes out of their mouth, and that makes me feel good that it could be anything."
Don't look now, but the 59-year-old California native is in the midst of a career resurgence. He drew raves (and earned an Emmy and Golden Globe) for the TV miniseries "Hatfield & McCoys," appeared in one of 2013's biggest blockbusters, "Man of Steel," just helped reboot the "Jack Ryan" series, and will soon be seen in the buzzed-about NFL drama "Draft Day."
This week, he hits theaters in a star vehicle all his own, the Parisian-set action thriller "3 Days to Kill." Costner plays a terminally ill CIA vet looking to reconnect with his abandoned wife and daughter (Connie Nielsen and Hailee Steinfeld) while wreaking havoc against bad guys all over the City of Lights.
Costner took a break from promoting "3 Days" to share stories from the sets of his many and most beloved roles, which you can watch in the video above.
Kevin Costner in 'Bull Durham,' 'Dances With Wolves,' 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,' and 'Open Range.' (Everett Collection)
Here are some of the highlights:
"Fandango" (1985): Costner says his first collaboration with writer-director Kevin Reynolds (who'd go on to direct him in "Robin Hood," "Waterworld," and "Hatfield & McCoys") hadn't yet had their "gentle giant," the character of Dorman, the night before production was set to start. Reynolds was so stressed that he couldn't sleep and went into a 7-Eleven to get a Coke, "and there was this big guy in front of him who just had cokes, and cupcakes, and all kinds of s--t." Reynolds looked at the 6-foot, 7-inch Chuck Bush and asked, "Hey, you want to be in a movie?"
"The Untouchables" (1987): Costner could moonlight as an Oscar pundit. He told co-star Sean Connery — the "biggest star I ever worked with" — during the filming of this mob drama that the Scot was going to win the Academy Award for his portrayal of Irish beat cop Jim Malone. On April 11, 1988, Connery took home the award for Best Supporting Actor, the only Oscar he'd be nominated for over his long career.