*Kevin Costner is known for some of the most memorable films of all time. “Dances with Wolves,” “Field of Dreams,” and “The Bodyguard” have made him not only a household name, but one of the most beloved American film actors of our time.
While promoting his latest film “Draft Day,” opening this weekend, the actor credits his success to razor sharp instinct and integrity he learned as a youth.
“My whole life has been instinctual for me,” Costner said as he discussed his legendary career. He started on instinct after realizing he wasn’t cut out for a repetitive 9 to 5 job. “I didn’t mind working a hundred Mondays in a row, but I wanted to be done at some point and I wanted to move on to something fresh, […] to something different.”
No stranger to hard work, he divulged that he has worked on some of the longest filming schedules in movie history, including “Water World” which took 157 days to shoot.
He admitted that, in the past, after instinctually thinking about something, he has put his money and his home at risk. A recent example is a project entitled “Black and White,” which he describes as “…a film about the notion of racism in this country, and how we have such a difficult time talking about it.” He couldn’t find any backers to support the film so, on instinct, he decided to fund the film himself.
Costner also discussed the notion of integrity, acknowledging that unwavering parental support was a large source of confidence for him as a child. Along with his parents, he credits the film industry for making movies that told stories about people who were unafraid to stand up for what they believed in, even if it meant risking an embarrassing fall. He discussed the first time he saw the diner scene in 1956’s “Giant,” in which Rock Hudson takes a brutal beating for standing up for a Mexican family hoping to be served. “I’ve never been afraid of things not working,” Costner admitted.
Instinct and integrity are persistent themes in “Draft Day.” Cleveland Browns General Manager Sonny Weaver, Jr., played by Costner, uses instinct almost exclusively to guide him in making some of the biggest decisions concerning the future of the team. Cornerback Vontae Mack, played by “42” star Chadwick Boseman, demonstrates a deep integrity in his everyday life that informs his fearless decision-making on the field. The two make an unstoppable pair in this thrilling film exploring the high stakes of NFL decision making on one of the most important days of the season. “Draft Day” opens in theaters on April 11.