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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Herald2eitung 0 Thursday August HeraldZertung O Thursday August CJ 7 Costner put his career even life on the line for Waterworld Joey Berlin and Dera Revel Copley News Service Imagine how Kevin Costner felt The Hollywood superstar coming oTfha string of boxoffice bombs was in over his head barely tread iQg1 water in a sea of production deTays and budget difficulties on ffisnew movie rJJust when he needed a life pre server the Hollywood media at tacked him like piranhas in a feed ing frenzy could almost be a scene from triers futuristic action adven But for this hardened screen veteran it was his and daily routine And of the cost of Water were reaching 200 million wife was suing for divorce marriage turned out to be irretrievable but Costner is con vinced that the sunken treasure money well spent A project as implicated and unique as Water is going to have a bloated i tag he maintains but during ecent Los Angeles interview fiber assures that the expense Jwil be justified as soon as the the lights go dim j the curtain opens its to be a really magical jtihflment when no matter what Sriappened if all plains Costner Its almost like a event Once the specula dies down its really up to the FILM CLOSEUP KEVIN COSTNER Born Lynwood on Jan 18 1955 Education California State University at Fullerton Began Career On the cut ting room floor as the dead Alex in The Big Biggest Films The Bull Field of The Dances With Current Role As the Mariner in Next Film Tin in which he plays a golfer Copley News Service Speculation about the worth of Costners waterlogged epic has persisted since day one of produc tion Most of it was1 untrue and he f Look if I tell you that Im just like you then you might under Costner declares No one likes to be embarrassed no one likes to be lied about Everyone would like to live their life and make the mistakes that come with life and thats the way I am It was a difficult movie but it wasnt all pain Its one of the great action movies that challenged the genre a little It certainly challenged Costner While playing the middleman be tween director Kevin Reynolds whom he ultimately replaced in the editing room and the studio he also played the Mariner Water worlds halfman halffish mu tant hero The swashbuckling screenplay called for lots of perilous stunts most of which Costner elected to perform himself Costner counts his physical prowess as one of his best assets The production might have dragged on for another 20 precious days Costner estimates had he not done his own stuntwork Sometimes I made decisions against my better judgment to do things just so we could get through the Costner admits There were a lot of times where if a mistake occurred it probably would have meant the end of my career the end of my life Im not trying to be overdra matic but the outcome would have been bleak When you have to do a job you just have to get up in the morning and go do it You have to be clear headed about what youre doing KEVIN COSTNER in Waterworld and be as reasonable compassion ate and resourceful as you can Sometimes you go to work and you fake it You do the best you can and your hearts on the To make things even more in tense Costner had some testy scenes with Tina Majorino his 10 yearold costar and even did some daring stunts with her Ive worked with children be fore and Tina is really as good as they comei Costner said She un derstood what she was doing and she trusted me So there was a really great relationship Its funny how much higher your survival in stincts go up when someone puts that much trust in you She was in my arms swinging 40 or 50 feet over an open ocean into wires and all kinds of Its no surprise that a young girl would trust Costner so completely Thats one of the positive things about being a Hollywood icon But its the negative ones that are weighing more heavily on him these days A little privacy would go a long way right about now You have something that is very precious in your life when you can experience things and not fall under the scrutiny of what other people might want to Costner sighs You have a very blessed life I would tell Whatever the fate of Water Kevin Costner isnt going to be washed away Next up is a romantic comedy directed by Ron Shelton with whom he teamed in 1988 for the home run hit Bull Its set against the world of Costner concludes with a grin I play a real rascal It was written for Entertainment Trivia By Lee Liltlewood Copley News Service LIIESOFSOUL ijThe first Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards airs Sunday Aug 6 Gladys Knight supermodel yra Banks and jjBrian McKnight hosting Live the Santa Monica Civ the twohour spe will showcase Americas top ale recording artists in rhythm blues jazz and pTgqgpel music Janet Jackson Pat 5tijLaBelle Franklin and En Vogue a Soul Train will present awards 5jjn 10 musical categories plus the Achievement Award and the first Soul Train Lady of Soul ntertainer of the Year Award usical performances and celebri will liven up the fSoul Train special AT WILLIE Previously only QVC Shopping Network viewers could purchase Willie Nelsons recent box set of hits Now thanks to Rhino Re i Willie Nelson A Classic Unreleased Collection is avail able at retail outlets The release of the 60song col lection follows Nelsons latest na tional tour with fellow Highway men Waylon Jennings Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson The songs on the cassette set represent 30 years and several distinct phases of Nelsons career Rare and previously unis sued releases include Nelsons first recording at age 24 No Place For and 14 songs from a 1974 Tex as Opry House concert The set also comes with a 36page booklet stuffed with rare photos and inter views If you cant find Willie A Classic Unreleased Collec call 800 4320202 to order HOLLYWOOD FAMILY LIFE Actress and author Carrie Fish er daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher spills the dirt on real Hollywood 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and drunks drug addicts and holyroller preachers And he blessed each one of them with grace and dignity A wino slurring his words in one of Pryors rou tines notes Im a veteran I was at the battle of This artist touched at truth moved to a beat all his own and challenged societal views Some of us fly and some of us are earth he once said and when they catch those of us who fly rest ing on a rock they pull off our These days Pryor 54 seems iso lated in his San Fernando Valley home a housekeeper nearby to help him take a few difficult steps with a walker to assist him into bed to guide him to the bath room He has multiple sclerosis a degenerative neurological disease and it has devastated the once lithe body that pranced nimbly on stages and turned it into an emaci ated one a slightly unkempt one a hollow one The modest house is on a quiet street off Ventura Boulevards sta tusconscious south side up from Jerrys Famous Deli Its different from the one in Northridge where in 1980 he set himself afire in a cocaineinduced haze and suffered serious burns over 50 his body For one thing ramps link the rooms so Pryor can get around in his motorized cart The Northridge home was destroyed in last years earthquake Pryor doesnt grieve Fleeing the he said about the move In Live on the Sunset Pryors 1982 concert film he would deliver this on the near lation Fire is inspirational They should use it in the Olympics be cause I did the 100 yard dash in Pryor now spends most of his hours in the bedroom watching TV Sometimes Robin Williams comes over Sometimes Quincy Jones Three times a week a personal trainer puts Pryors frail limbs through a workout And theres the book a new auto biography called Pryor Convic tions and Other Life Sentences Pantheon written with Todd Gold of People magazine Its a rather disappointing work that misses the magic of his special and complex sensibilities He did it said Pryor for the money Meanwhile in the den visitors wait for the man to make his way down the hallway the creaking sound of the walker getting slowly closer Finally in a particularly wrenching process he takes a seat behind a desk and lights a ciga rette A Labrador named Emmet lies between him and the guests Good Pryor said weakly Over the years theres been a huge physical toll heart attacks quadruple bypass surgery the fire cocaine addiction and now the MS How does he deal with it I dont know how anyone would deal with The voice drops to a whisper as he calls the MS a bless If I hadnt gotten he said I wouldve gotten something else Ill play with these cards Getting mad doesnt help You get mad and it doesnt make your legs work any In his book Pryor writes Ive found that my life instead of end ing because of MS has only changed Perhaps it was Gods way of telling me to chill slow down look at the trees sniff the flowers rather than the coke and take time for myself and see what its like to be a human being See what its like being human I lived big for a time but never appreciated life I never realized that people really liked me Me Richard Pryor a human It has been a harrowing life for Pryor In Peoria he grew up around his grandmothers cathouse running errands for the hookers His mother plied her trade there His was an environment of bars and pool halls junkies and Johns most of them white In the 1983 film Richard Pryor Here he noted I lived in a neigh borhood with lots of whorehouses And thats where I first met white people Theyd come into the neigh borhood to help the But racial animosity was some thing that never stained his mind Ive lived and Ive he said People dont mean harm but we do it We dont have the an swers nobody has the answers so why get mad In the book he writes I dont see colors I dont believe in prejudice Were all peo ple you know Thats hard Some of his best material fo cused on racial differences White folks are quiet black folks make noise at the dinner table in the bedroom at funerals in the pulpit Those who know Pryor whove seen his daring performances over the years recall the rapacious man with incredible appetites for women five wives six marriages him but she insists hes not help less Richard is stronger than he lets she said We talk the truth no Are you following this Richard We know youre sick Richard is reclaiming his life Every aspect of Pryor has six children the oldest 33 the youngest 7 and one grandchild How does he want them to feel when they read the book this story of their fathers life Hot damn he made it through all that On a shelf in the den is a sweet picture of Pryor and his children What does he tell his three daugh ters about relationships with men how does he talk to his sons about treating women I dont tell them he said They know ev erything Pops is old time Dont matter what I Pryors familial connections are strained His oldest daughter Rain 25 an actress and comedian is feuding with Lee over Pryors muchdiminished estate where once was a RollsRoyce theres now a specially equipped Toyota minivan parked in the His 13acre home in Maui with the ISOdegree view of the ocean is gone Two of my sons I dont get to RICHARD PRYOR and for drugs Now he is more humble dependent Jennifer Lee 45 his fourth exwife has reen tered his life and attends to his financial and health needs Who would want this job Pryor said Im no day in the park I can go ballistic Lee encourages Pryor she cheerleads she demands and shes cleared out a slew of hangerson who were spending his money Said Lee Hes putting order back in his life And The Bank of Pryor is When she came back into Pryors life last spring on a sala Lee said tons of money was being spent weekly He wasnt eat ing All these people were around The party ended Richard said to me My life is slipping out of con trol I need He was clear about what he wanted and I be came the When Pryor falls Lee rescues speak to But the mothers call and ask for moneys all the An underlying current in the book is Pryors raucous and some times abusive relationships with the as he calls them He writes I couldnt control my ad diction to the And he couldnt create a lasting relation ship Hed split from them he said because I He drags deeply on a cigarette Im grateful I met them all Each one brought me some insight into And why did they often come back into his life he said and they like me so they In the 70s and 80s when Pryor was at the top the funniest man alive as many acknowledged there were few challengers He was influencing black and white comedians alike from Robin Wil liams to Eddie Murphy who as a teenager used Pryors material verbatim to impress honchos at Saturday Night GIFT BOOKS AVAILABLE WALNUT 6 62964OO IH35 and Walnut Ave WATERWORLD KEVIN COSTNER E3J Dragon Place Service In our beautiful dining room or orders to tabe out The Best Chinese Cuisine In Town OrdersToGo Daily Lunch Specials 983 N Loop 337 Lunch Dinner 210 6089111 210 6250815 New Braunfels oldest and finest restaurant biergarten Authentic German food atmosphere Entertainment 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