‘Yellowstone’ Star Kevin Costner Addressed the ‘Superman’ and ‘Baseball Movie’ Curse

by Mark Long

“Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner readily admits actors are a superstitious bunch. Trying to generate luck, they tell each other to “break a leg.” And they refuse to call Shakespeare’s cursed “Macbeth” by name, referring to it only as “the Scottish play.”

Hollywood has its own curses too, including Superman and baseball movies, that Costner addressed in a 2013 interview.

Superman may be “The Man of Steel,” but fate has not been kind to actors playing that role. George Reeves, the original Superman on television in the 1950s, was found dead in his bedroom during a party in 1959. Originally ruled a suicide, questions persist about what really happened.

Superman was reinvigorated when Christopher Reeve took over the role in a series of movies beginning in 1978. In 1995, he was injured while riding a horse and was paralyzed from the neck down until his death in 2004.

Costner played Jonathan Kent, Superman’s adoptive dad, in several movies beginning with “The Man of Steel” in 2013. While nothing has happened to Henry Cavill, who played Superman in those films, the same can’t be said for Brandon Routh. He played the title role in “Superman Returns” in 2006, and his career as a leading man virtually disappeared after that.

Baseball Movies Strike Out

Baseball may be America’s pastime, but that’s not the case when it comes to movie box offices. Acclaimed baseball movies over the years include “The Natural,” “The Rookie,” and “Bang the Drum Slowly.” It wasn’t until 2013’s “42” about Jackie Robinson, however, that a baseball movie had an opening weekend, even adjusted for inflation, over $20 million.

Costner has made several acclaimed baseball movies: “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams,” and “For the Love of the Game.” Even if they weren’t opening weekend winners, they’ve done something even better: stood the test of time.

No Curse for ‘Yellowstone’

So how has Costner’s career endured despite brushes with these Hollywood curses? He told Home Business Magazine his secret in 2013.

“I didn’t know about the Superman curse,” Costner admitted. “And there’s a curse on baseball movies, and I made three of them. … Maybe I should have read more. Had I known about that curse, we might not be talking.”

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And maybe curses you don’t know about can’t hurt you. “Yellowstone” fans are certainly happy the show is part of Costner’s career.