‘Yellowstone’ Star Kevin Costner Once Turned Down Major Role Because He Thought It Was Insulting to His Military Member Brother

by Josh Lanier
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Kevin Costner once turned down a role in a movie that won Best Picture at the Oscars because he felt it was disrespectful to the military. The Yellowstone star’s brother is a Vietnam veteran. And he worried the movie would portray those soldiers in a bad light.

The movie was Oliver Stone’s 1986 film Platoon. Stone, who was also a Vietnam veteran, said he wanted to portray the war as it was. It is a bleak and sober look at the military that doesn’t shy away from showing soldiers as flawed. Stone said he hoped to make something that ran counter to films such as John Wayne’s Green Beret.

The movie is semi-autobiographical, Stone has said. It follows an Army volunteer that wrestles with his morality while serving in Vietnam.

Costner read for the role that Charlie Sheen would eventually play, but he turned it down for fear of offending veterans, Stone told Entertainment Weekly.

“Costner passed on it, I believe, because his brother had been in Vietnam,” Stone said.

Platoon was widely acclaimed and won several Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Costner came out OK in the end, winning three Oscars in 1991 for his film Dances With Wolves.

Costner has been a supporter of the military for his entire career. He and his band Modern West performed at a USO show Germany for US Troops in 2010.

“It was an honor for us to participate in this USO concert,” he said at the time. “We’ve toured around the world but there is something very special about being on stage in front of our U.S. armed forces and their families.”

Kevin Costner Teases Season 4 of ‘Yellowstone’

Though no release date has been announced, Kevin Costner is getting fans excited about Yellowstone’s upcoming fourth season. He posted a photo from the show to his Instagram recently asking who was ready to get back to the ranch?

The answer is everybody, apparently, Kevin. His comment section was filled with fans desperate for the next installment of the popular show.

“I can’t wait for season 4 !!!! This show is the best,” one person posted. “I’d clean the toilets with a toothbrush to work that ranch,” someone else wrote.

You probably don’t need to go that far. You can just get the Paramount+ streaming service.

If you do, expect more Yellowstone than ever before, by the way. Show creator Taylor Sheridan is producing a spinoff called 6666. The show will follow a ranch in West Texas when Comanches still ruled that area, Variety said.