Researching this article and I came across a dilemma. Usually when you feature an actor on The Essentials list, you find at least one comedy that allows a talent to diversify themselves. Apart from heinous romantic comedy Rumour Has It, Kevin Costner appears to have none. As serious as one can get, with a trembling gruff vocal range that is the scorn of villains and heroes alike, Costner has a face that simple oozes stoicism. Taking his dramatic flare to good skill in action flick 3 Days To Kill (and yes, that would look better if they’d written out the number) let’s have a look at some Costner favourites of ours.
Surprisingly, The Untouchables was the first film to award Sean Connery an Oscar despite having an accent that is mixed with American, Irish and a ham chewing vigilante. Though, the movie is devilishly good and has Costner opposite Connery. It revolves around Al Capone’s criminal control of Chicago in the 1920’s. Only an underground police force, run by Eliot Ness (Costner), have the balls to bring him down in this state of prohibition. Brian De Palma’s work smatters of great imagery and tensions, just watch that baby carriage scene and try not feel your chest close and pang. Costner’s portrayal of Ness is indeed enthralling.
Ever wondered where the immortal line “If you build it, they will come,” came from? It’s this heinously cheesy but utterly emotional fantasy drama. Costner stars as Ray Kinsella, a farmer who is a bit out of his depth in his craft. One night, a haunting voice comes and utters those famous words and all of a sudden he builds a baseball field. Meeting a lot of financial struggles and straining his family, Kinsella is spurred on by the voice more so and his past relationships with his father. Yes, it sounds a little ridiculous but this fare is genuinely full of heart and powered forward by Costner’s performance.
Yes, I had to include this timeless music enhance piece which pits Kevin Costner against the late great Whitney Houston. Costner stars as Frank Farmer and the wet in every ladies dream. As Farmer, he plays a disgraced bodyguard who let his political subject die off duty (erm, Ronald Regan). Delegated to protecting singer Rachel Marron, who has received death threats, he must level his instant desire for her, crazed fans and hunting down a killer who is determined to make a show. Set to the ballads of Houston, The Bodyguard (otherwise known as your mum’s favourite film) is an enjoyable film to see.
The movie that kept Bryan Adams top of the charts for a record number of weeks is one of the most beloved adaptations of the archer vigilante (next to Disney and Maid Marion’s Merry Men.) Despite not sporting a Brummy accent for the legendary English figure, Costner is suave as Robin trying to defend Sherwood Forrest from the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham played delectably well by Alan Rickman. There is a lot of swooning here and the action is on point as Robin tries to save his true love Marion and stop a bounty on his head, all while serving the poorest of the town.
I know I mentioned that Costner’s filmography is a depressing amount of characters that showcase his ability to sternly star into distances and blow things up. But this epic fail of a movie will offer an unforgettable amount of giggles that it is impossible to not include it on the list. Just watch this car crash of a film as the bedraggled Costner gurns his way through a film that should have been so much better given the original plot. Basically, the world is flooded. That’s all you need to know. That and this is the most expensive film ever made and one of the biggest flops.
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Does he have a comedy?
And what did they make Waterworld?
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