Kevin Costner Drops Epic Throwback Pic: ‘How About a Fandango?!’

by Joe Rutland

“Yellowstone” actor Kevin Costner dropped a little throwback action on Friday by sharing a picture from his first starring role in “Fandango.”

Costner shared on Instagram a shot from the 1985 movie that also starred Judd Nelson and Sam Robards. In the movie, Gardner Barnes (Costner) is a young Texan who has just graduated from the University of Texas and is unsure of what’s next.

Along with his friends, collectively known as the Groovers, Gardner embarks on a road trip to the Rio Grande as the last hurrah. As the trip progresses, Gardner and his buddies, including Kenneth Waggener (Robards) and Phil Hicks (Nelson), struggle with their impending adulthood and the looming issue of the Vietnam War.

The movie’s theme is focused around 1971.

Here is Costner in a dashing wardrobe for the movie.

Kevin Reynolds directed the film, which was released on Jan. 25, 1985.

Additionally, Costner’s other movie credits include “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Untouchables,” “No Way Out,” “Dances with Wolves,” “JFK,” “The Bodyguard,” and “Tin Cup.”

Kevin Costner Keeps Learning From ‘Dances with Wolves’

These days, Costner plays John Dutton, patriarch of the Dutton family, on Peacock Network’s popular “Yellowstone.” But he recalls lessons learned from his film directorial debut in “Dances with Wolves.”

The film follows the story of Union Army lieutenant John J. Dunbar traveling to the American frontier in search of a military post. Along the way, he deals with native tribes such as the Lakota.

Coincidentally, “Dances with Wolves” is often recognized as a rebirth of the Western genre. It has been preserved in the United States National Film Registry because of its cultural and historical significance. Meanwhile, the film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven. It included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, and more.

For Costner’s very first film as a director and actor, the film was a massive success. Emmy-winner Jake Hamilton talked with Costner about what lessons he took away from his older projects.

Costner Doesn’t Rush Through Making Movies Anymore

One thing was that as a director, he felt like he was always rushing himself. Now, he takes things slower.

“I learned a lot as an actor and a director,” Costner said. “I’ve only directed three movies over the course of my career … I didn’t give myself a lot of takes.

“I gave everybody else in the movie a lot of takes … feel like I rushed myself all the time because I was just moving to something else and I was just thinking ‘OK I’ll be alright, I know what I’m doing,’” Costner said.

Kevin Costner also talked about how important editing is in film work. While most Hollywood productions want short run times, Costner thinks that can sometimes take away from the subplots.

He finds beauty in longer sequences and less cuts to tell a film’s story.

H/T: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes

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