In the forthcoming 'McFarland, USA,' Kevin Costner plays real-life high school coach Jim White, who in 1987 led his team of unlikely cross-country runners to victory in the California state championships.
In Iowa for a Field of Dreams 25th anniversary celebration, actor Kevin Costner did the obvious. Dennis Magee—The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports hundreds of onlookers watched as Costner played catch with his boys, 7-year-old Cayden and 5-year-old Hayes. The movie fans clapped when the boys made a play, prompting Costner to note, “We don’t usually have this many people when we do this.” Costner and other actors traveled to the field near Dyersville in northeast Iowa to celebrate the 1989 movie about an Iowa farmer who carved a baseball field out of his corn crop.
April 21 marks the 25th anniversary of “Field of Dreams,” the metaphysical baseball film that single-handedly made Iowa a tourist destination. Kevin Costner reflects on a line that continues to live on 25 years later.
Is Kevin Costner officially Mr. Sports Movie? This week’s behind-the-scenes look at the NFL draft, "Draft Day," makes for Costner’s fifth sports-themed movie, following “Bull Durham” (1988), “Field of Dreams” (1989), “Tin Cup” (1996), and “For Love of the Game” (1999). With such an impressive roster, we’re comparing scores and begging the question: Has any thespian-athlete appeared in more sports movie roles, or come close to that amount?
Because the NFL hardly ever cooperates with Hollywood productions, films have to fictionalize all of the teams, players, and associated figures. But that’s not the case with “Draft Day.” [Related: Grading 24 Fake Footbal Jerseys] To tell the story of the Cleveland Browns’ general manager (played by Kevin Costner) as he goes into the most important draft of his career, director Ivan Reitman knew it was essential to get more than just the expressed written consent of the National Football League. He wanted to get access to the real NFL draft broadcast from inside Radio City Musical Hall. This also required another unprecedented level of access, with the cast and crew working inside the Browns’ training complex and team offices.
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. 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.” [Related: Kevin Costner Wouldn’t Call It a Comeback, But …] 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. 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.
Don’t call it a comeback, because Kevin Costner sure wouldn’t. "I wouldn’t, but listen, I’ve long given up trying to tell people ‘Water World’ made money, so I don’t care," Costner told Yahoo Movies over the phone. Costner called to discuss his role in the recently released “Jack Ryan " reboot, one of five films the 59-year-old actor has slated for this year. [Related: How Richard Burton Helped Kevin Costner Fly ] While it may not be a comeback in his mind, after 2010’s “The Company Men,” Costner did take aself-proclaimed break from movie-making to dedicate time to raising his young children.
In October of 2012, our visit to Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" set started off cold and rainy, like most late fall days in London-town. But a funny thing happened just before Kevin Costner showed up — on his day off no-less — to speak with Yahoo Movies and a select group of journalists about playing William Harper, Ryan’s CIA handler in the Jan. 17 thriller: glorious sunshine peered down from the heavens. Indeed, we are currently in the midst of a Costner comeback, what with last summer’s “Man of Steel” and five — count ‘em, five — films slated to open this year: “Jack Ryan,” “Draft Day,” “3 Days to Kill,” “Black and White,” and “McFarland.” The interview below gives a revealing glimpse inside the shrewd and calculated move-making that led to Costner’s rise and precipitated his comeback (“Waterworld” is not addressed).
Although we here at Yahoo Movies have dubbed 2013 the year of the McConaughssance — with Matthew McConaughey reaching new heights of acclaim — we have also witnessed the beginnings of a Kevin Costnerassance. We’ve seen his Emmy-winning role on TV’s “Hatfields & McCoys,” followed by his big-screen return in “Man of Steel,” and in 2014 we’re going to get at least three Costner movies. Today we are proud to present a first look of one of them via our trailer premiere of “Draft Day .” The story revolves around Cleveland Browns General Manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) as he prepares for the politics, anxiety, and other high-pressure obstacles surrounding the annual selection of new professional football players into the NFL.