Kevin Costner is often associated with two kinds of films: Westerns and baseball-related movies.
In terms of Westerns, Costner has been involved in films like “Dances With Wolves,” “Open Range,” “Silverado,” and “Wyatt Earp.”
In fact, Kevin Costner’s two Oscars came from “Dances With Wolves.” He won both Best Picture and Best Director in 1991 for the film. His work on Westerns and other highly acclaimed films has launched him as an A-list actor in the industry.
Kevin Costner and Westerns
Recently, he has started working on his first TV project, “Yellowstone,” with Paramount Network. The transition from film to TV is a big deal for actors and can impact their careers. For Costner, the story was something he didn’t want to pass up, whether it’s on TV or the big screen.
Technically “Yellowstone” is not a Western. Instead, it focuses on the modern-day trials and tribulations of the Dutton family. They own the largest ranch in the country in Montana. There are similar themes and dialogue choices, but the difficulties characters face on “Yellowstone” are very different than the violence, revenge, and gun-fighting days of the Old West classic Westerns show.
What is it that has drawn Kevin Costner to the genre?
According to an interview with “Good Morning America” in 2019, Costner said that there is a beauty in filming a really authentic Western film.
“There’s a musical dance that I feel when I do a Western. My draw to it isn’t the gunfight, my draw is in how people talk to each other and the real randomness that was out there in the West for violence and the type of characters that were finding themselves out in the West after the Civil War …” Costner said.
Accurate Depictions of the West
Kevin Costner likes accurate depictions of the West. He finds that there is a lot of historical importance in the interesting characters that took to the lawless land of the West after the war.
However, he doesn’t breathe and eat and tirelessly devoted his life to the genre. Instead, he supports Westerns and their continuation as long as accuracy and theme are at the forefront.
“I’m not a fan of most Westerns. I’m a fan of only about 5 to 10 … I love the beauty of the country, but I won’t tolerate bad language, meaning literacy of a Western on TV or film. I hate it,” Costner said.
He notes that films like “How the West Was Won” are the kind that he enjoyed even as a child. The mountains and the realness, from costume to conversation, made it a noteworthy piece of culture. Oftentimes, Westerns are adapted in unrealistic ways to cater to more violence and revenge-focused plots.
“The architecture of a Western should be to actually frighten you, sitting in the dark watching something thinking, ‘That could have just happened to me and I don’t know what I would have done,'” Costner said.
Costner is no stranger to the kind of lifestyle he depicts while playing John Dutton. In fact, he owns a 167-acre ranch in Colorado that requires his constant upkeep and attention.