‘Yellowstone’ Star Kevin Costner Once Tried to Bury Embarrassing Early Film: Here’s Why

by Josh Lanier

Kevin Costner made a movie so bad that he hopes it never gets shown again. And this is the guy who made Waterworld.

In the late 1970s, as Costner was trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood, he was cast in a beach sex comedy called Malibu Hot Summer. It’s also apparently known as Sizzle Beach, U.S.A., according to GiantFreakingRobot.com.

Costner was hesitant to do the movie because he has a sex scene with a topless woman on the beach in the movie. He’s also sans top, something he doesn’t do in movies. But he was 24 and needed the money. Plus, saying no could have been career suicide. He signed on to the movie reluctantly.

When it came time to shoot the sex scene, the crew gave Costner a bottle of liquid courage — wine — and sent him out to do the scene. He did it and has regretted it ever since.

Years later, Kevin Costner tried to buy the rights to the film from Troma Entertainment, but why would they sell? They have movie star Kevin Costner in their movie. It was a marketing gold mine.

In all fairness, most fans would never find out about the movie. But Costner’s reluctance to let it go is only drawing more attention — and viewers — to it.

Near-Death Experience Led to Kevin Costner Acting

Growing up, Kevin Costner wasn’t planning on becoming an actor. It wasn’t until late in college that he started to want to perform, he told Tim Ferris in 2015. When he first enrolled at California State University at Fullerton, he was a business major.

But in his senior year, he saw a note in his college’s newspaper for auditions for his college’s production of Rumpelstiltskin. Costner figured he’d give it a shot.

“I just thought audition; I’d like to try that. I closed that newspaper; I listened to the person drone on,” Costner said. “But, what I knew at that moment, I was going to that audition the next day.”

So, the next morning he climbs into his beat-up Datsun and heads toward the audition. But then things went horribly wrong. His gas pedal got stuck and his Datsun was not a missile.

“All of a sudden, I saw the brake lights up ahead … and my speedometer is going from 60 to 70 to 80, and it’s not slowing down. And, I’m probably going to hit those people at about 90 miles per hour and kill them, kill myself.”

In a moment of quick thinking, Kevin Costner stomped on the clutch to take the car out of gear. It wasn’t great for his engine but it likely saved some lives.

“I threw the clutch in,” he said. “There was never such a terrible whine, but I thought, oh, my God, it did engage. But the engine was revving. I was able to turn the key off, and I coasted to a stop, pulled over into the emergency lane, and didn’t kill anybody.”

To add insult to almost injury, he didn’t get the part either.