Kevin Costner is a highly influential actor, producer, and director. Over the years he has gotten himself two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and a Primetime Emmy Award.
He is most known for his work on Western-themed television and movies such as, “Yellowstone” and “Dances with Wolves.”
With such an influential role in the entertainment world, Costner must have some favorite shows and movies that helped impact his perception of acting or directing. One that he mentioned in the past is the Western TV show that was on from 1959 to 1973.
“Bonanza” is one of the most popular Western series ever made.
Kevin Costner and ‘Bonanza’
According to a CBS News interview from 2012, Costner used to love shows like “Man from Uncle” and “High Chaparral.”
During the 1960s, television shows started to make the transition to color. At this time more and more people were able to purchase colored TV sets for home. Costner remembers this fondly.
“I remember the transition from black-and-white to color … It like one by one the televisions in my neighborhood became color TVs and we would all go look at each other’s color TVs and ooh and aah at ‘Bonanza.’ I’m kind of glad I saw it all, in a way. I remember the TV would shut off at 11 and just play the national anthem all night long,” Costner said.
“Bonanza” was one of the first shows to be filmed and broadcast in color. It was actually television’s first full-hour Western series made in color. In fact, the show was used to boost the sales of RCA television sets.
Kevin Costner notes his gratefulness for getting to experience the growth of television first-hand.
Costner’s Favorite Character Played
In many ways, Costner is most recognizable for his role in “Bull Durham.” It is a 1988 romantic comedy sports movie that stars Costner and Susan Sarandon. It is one of the first roles he had and he plays Crash Davis.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2015, Costner said he is most like his character Crash from “Bull Durham.” He said a lot of it has to do with his drive and dedication for something others don’t believe in.
As a businessman, actor, producer, and director, Kevin Costner goes all-in on projects he believes in. For example, he told Square Mile that he and his wife paid for “Black and White” with their own money. It is an influential film that discusses race relations. The film company behind the movie went bankrupt, but he was still proud of the message of the film.
He further explained that his logic never has to do with money or good business.
“I’ve lost my own money on projects, but I’ve never lost other people’s money. I’ve invested enormous amounts of money in technologies that I thought would help the world. I did it at the time because I thought it was the right thing to do. I made that money back 20 years later, believe it or not, and I didn’t know that I ever would … But I am not the greatest businessman because most businessmen say: ‘use other people’s money.’ I’m more of a dreamer. I’ve always felt that failure is a completely underrated experience. I take chances, it’s part of my DNA,” Kevin Costner said.
He once created a company called Ocean Therapy Solutions which helps clean oil spills. He lost over $40 million, but still has no regrets for the project he believed in.