Costner took to Twitter to post his congrats to the Browns. In his post, he references the 2014 sports drama movie, Draft Day. Costner plays Sonny Weaver Jr. in the film, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. He is in charge of deciding what to do after his team acquires the number one draft pick in the upcoming National Football League draft.
“Congrats to the @ClevelandBrowns! Those “magic beans” are looking pretty good now! #clevelandbrowns#draftday” Kevin Costner wrote on Twitter.
The Cleveland Browns handily defeated their rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the AFC wildcard game on Sunday night. The win was the franchise’s first in a playoff game in nearly 30 years. Cleveland hadn’t made the playoffs since 2003. Further, they hadn’t won a playoff game since 1994. That was the year they beat the New England Patriots in the Wild Card round.
It seemed like it was meant to be from the start. The Browns scored a touchdown on the first play of the game when a bad snap by Pittsburgh led to a fumble recovered in the end zone. Things only got better for Cleveland from there. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in the first two quarters, leading to three more touchdowns for Cleveland, and a 28-0 lead after the first quarter.
With their victory over the Steelers, Cleveland will head to Kansas City to take on the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the Chiefs. That game will take place on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3:05 p.m. EST.
Kevin Costner on Playing an NFL General Manager
There’s no doubt that Kevin Costner plays an extremely convincing NFL general manager in Draft Day. He gave his fans a sense of how he prepared for that part in an interview on the Cleveland Brown’s website.
“Well I thought it was written well in the first place,” the Yellowstone star explains. “Cameras in the last 25 years have made their way into the locker rooms so we hear coaches and GMs talking. I know the language. So in our script, if I didn’t feel like we were hitting that tone of how men have to talk to each other from a sports point of view, I would speak up.”
Costner goes on to explain that it was important to him that they didn’t try to impress fans with how much they knew about the x’s and o’s of the game. They wanted to make the story about relationships and the intricacies that go into selecting players in the NFL draft.
“We could have tried to over impress people with how much we know football but we didn’t do that,” he says.
You can see the entire interview with Kevin Costner here.