“Yellowstone” might be Kevin Costner’s most recent project, but it’s far from his first. And in several of his earlier works, Costner starred alongside some top-tier actors.
Some of those big names include Kurt Russell, Dennis Quaid, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, Morgan Freeman, Ray Liotta, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, and many more. But out of all the stars he ever worked with, Costner only picked one as his favorite.
Back in 2017, the “Yellowstone” star sat down on The Rich Eisen Show for an interview. During the interview, the host asked Costner what it was like being on set with Gene Hackman for one of the two films they starred in together.
“You know, people ask all the time, ‘Who’s the best actor, who’s the biggest star, who’s the blah blah blah,'” Costner replied. “The line’s long for the great actors I’ve been able to work with, it really is. But I would say probably Gene was the best actor that I’ve ever worked with.”
Surprise! Hackman and Costner performed in the 1987 film “No Way Out” together as well as “Wyatt Earp” in 1984. Though the actor admitted that Sean Connery was the biggest star he ever worked with, acting alongside Hackman was something else.
‘Yellowstone’ star Kevin Costner Shares On-Set Story About Gene Hackman
“Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner dove into a story about him and Gene Hackman on set together during his interview with Rich Eisen.
“When this scene came up, we had been doing every scene to that point around a desk, every scene,” Costner said. “Finally I said to the director, ‘Look I don’t feel like it’s right.'”
Costner said that Hackman stood to the side listening to him argue with the director. The “Yellowstone” star told the director he thought the scene should take place over here, in a different spot. The two “butted heads” while Hackman just listened.
“Finally, for whatever reason, I said, ‘I don’t care, it’s here.’ And I hated to do that, but I just said, ‘It’s here. I don’t need all of our scenes here, but it’s here,'” Costner explained. “So, we did it. And at one point, they were saying, ‘Well, what’s Gene gonna do?’ And I said, ‘Gene will figure out what to do. Because he’s really good. He can figure out what to do.'”
Turns out, the scene Costner insisted they reshoot in a different spot is the one that makes it into the movie. After shooting wraps for the day, Costner walks over to his car when Hackman asks to speak with him. The “Yellowstone” star expected him to be angry for disrespecting the director, but that’s not what Hackman said.
“He looked at me and he said, ‘Hey, you know, I went through a divorce. I’ve been doing a lot of questionable movies lately. And when I saw you fighting for what you wanted today,’ he said, ‘It reminded me of how I used to feel about acting,'” Costner said. “‘He says, ‘It was good, what you did.’ And then he just got in his car and drove off.”
Costner won’t forget that moment or the impact Hackman had on him as an actor anytime soon.