‘Yellowstone’ TV Star Kevin Costner Regrets Not Starring in a Stephen King Classic: Here’s Why

by Courtney Blackann

Generally speaking, when approached for a part in a Stephen King film, you don’t turn it down. However, that’s exactly what “Yellowstone” actor Kevin Costner did in the early 1990s. It’s a move he says he regrets.

That’s due in large part because that film was the Shawshank Redemption. The role of Andy Dufresne went to Tim Robbins after Costner turned down the part to film Waterworld – a somewhat kitschy apocalyptic action film. Shawshank went on to receive widespread acclaim and several Oscar nominations for its layered moral messages.

While King is known for his dark thrillers, often with an otherworldly presence, such as The Shining, Carrie, and It, the writer has produced a number of inspiring films throughout the years, including Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me and The Green Mile.

However, the “Yellowstone” actor can’t be too hard on himself. He’s boasted a career that spans across four decades with acting, producing and directing credentials. At the start of “Yellowstone”, Costner returned to his love of westerns.

The actor is known for taking on roles set in rural America or period films set in the West. With “Yellowstone”, the actor has risen to a new level of fame.

‘Yellowstone’ Actor Revisits Field of Dreams in Game

In addition to his love of western-style film dramas, Costner has been known to reprise several roles as a ballplayer.

The early 90s film Field of Dreams is as much a classic as Shawshank Redemption. The “Yellowstone” actor is famous for his portrayal as the obsessed farmer who hears the soft “If you build it…” voice in his cornfield and decides to craft a baseball stadium.

The film has since been passed down through generations as a reminder that baseball connects us all. Costner’s character had a strained relationship with his late father. Through his quest to somehow repair the damage that was done, Costner follows the prompts and constructs a ball field. And through a bit of magic, he is able to have the catch with his father that would have otherwise never been.

The film garnered such acclaim that each year, Costner attends a game played in the middle of an Iowa cornfield hosted by the MLB.

This year, the ball game attracted such a following that Field of Dreams rose to the top of the streaming charts following the exciting game.

Likewise, the MLB game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees was as exciting as the movie streams. The Chicago White Sox were able to keep the Yankees at bay with a walk-off win. Perhaps Shoeless Joe Jackson was rooting them on from somewhere in that cornfield.