‘Yellowstone’ Star Kevin Costner Almost Starred as the Villain in an Adam Sandler Comedy Classic

by Samantha Whidden

He’s known for his role in the hit TV series Yellowstone as well as various blockbuster films such as Robin Hood, Dances With Wolves, and The Bodyguard, but not everyone knows that Kevin Costner was almost the villain in Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore. 

For those who need a refresher, Happy Gilmore is a comedy about a rejected hockey player who puts his skills towards golf in order to save his grandmother’s house from foreclosure. Needless to say, his golf skills are completely unusual and hilarious to watch (not to mention, his behavior). The film starred Adam Sandler, Julie Bowen, Carl Weathers, Bob Barker, and Allen Covert. 

According to IMDb, Kevin Costner was actually offered the role to play Shooter McGavin, a golf pro who competes against Happy Gilmore in order to receive the sought out for gold tournament gold jacket. Christopher McDonald went on to play the role after Kevin rejected the role. 

Instead of playing in Happy Gilmore, Kevin Costner took on the role as Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy in the 1996 golf pro film Tin Cup. 

Kevin Costner Talks Career & Role Choices 

In a 2018 interview with Deadline, Kevin Costner spoke about his role choices. “No one confuses me for anything other than American, that’s for sure. And that’s ok,” Costner explains. He also states that movies take all forms, but everyone has to agree that actors have roles they gravitate towards. 

While sharing more details about his role taste, Costner says, “I like to think my tastes are broad, but a lot of people think I do anything with a horse in it.”

Kevin Costner further explains his thoughts by noting how difficult western films actually are. The actor also offers insights into his role as John Dutton in Yellowstone. He explains that the series is not some kind of fiction. “While the American west is disappearing, the DNA of the characters has a level of unpredictability, of danger,” He says while describing the role.

Costner goes on to discuss the filming industry as well. “I learned a long time ago movies weren’t just for Americans.  That may seem like ‘wow, good job,’ but I came from a very conservative background.” He then says it wasn’t until the 1985 Venice Film Festival that he fully understood. 

Kevin and His Band Prepare For ‘Tales From Yellowstone’ Concert Tour 

Meanwhile, Kevin Costner is not only focusing on his acting career but also his music as well. Costner recently announced he and his band Modern West are going on a Tales From Yellowstone concert tour. As previously reported, Tales From Yellowstone is a 16-track album that is inspired by the Paramount series.

In 2020, Costner revealed to American Songwriter that Tales From Yellowstone is a concept record and some of the songs are not really necessarily about John Dutton. “I have my own muse when I’m away from home. For when I’m making a movie. And there are songs that kind of blend in and also complement what’s happening.”

The Tales From Yellowstone tour kicks off in Ardmore, Oklahoma on August 24th and winds up in Decatur, Illinois on September 4th.