Love them or hate them – in 2015 you can’t
From The Untouchables, to the top of the Oscar mountain, to a roller coaster of good and bad sports films, to the lowly Dragonfly-type films, Kevin Costner’s career has been all over the map. No matter where he stands currently, or what sort of forgettable pictures he makes these days, Costner has created and appeared in iconic movies in his career.
Here are 11 things about Kevin Costner you may not have known…
1. Before hitting it big in the acting business, Kevin worked as a skipper on the ride, the Jungle Cruise, at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
2. Sioux nation gave Costner a tract of land after making Dances with Wolves in 1990. Costner built a golf course on that land.
3. He opened the Tatanka Interpretive site in Deadwood, South Dakota, in 2003. The site features a bronze statue depicting the Lakota Sioux buffalo hunt. There is also a museum, gift shop, and living history of the Lakota Sioux tribe. Tatanka is the Lakota word for buffalo.
4. Although often compared with Gary Cooper, he has himself named James Stewart as the western star who has most influenced his work. As a child, he was particularly fond of the five westerns Stewart made for director Anthony Mann.
5. Costner spoke at the funeral of Whitney Houston in 2012, as the two had become close friends on the set of The Bodyguard.
6. He often performs in a band, Kevin Costner and The Modern West.
7. He is an avid fan of the Arsenal Football Club. In 2003 he was working in London and decided to go to a game, only to find out Arsenal were playing away from home, so he booked a private helicopter to take him to the match 160 miles away.
8. For his entire career, he has purposely avoided doing sequels to his films. So far, he is one of the few blockbuster stars to never come back for a sequel.
9. Costner only took the role of Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone’s JFK after Harrison Ford passed on the role.
10. Waterworld was easily Costner’s most infamous film. It is rumored that director Kevin Reynolds and Costner had a huge squabble over the film, resulting in Reynolds walking off the project and left Costner to finish it. Reynolds was quoted as saying that “Kevin should only star in movies he directs. That way he can work with his favorite actor and favorite director.”
11. He turned down a role in Platoon because he thought it portrayed American soldiers in Vietnam negatively and didn’t want to insult his brother, who was a Vietnam veteran.