New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung Cl Thursday, August 3,1995
Costner put his career, even life on the line for “Waterworld55
Joey Berlin and Dera Revel Copley News Service
‘ Imagine how Kevin Costner felt. The Hollywood superstar, coming off a string of box-office bombs, was in over his head, barely treading water in a sea of production delays and budget difficulties on his new movie.
pust when he needed a life preserver. the Hollywood media attacked him like piranhas in a feeding frenzy.
It could almost be a scene from Costner's futuristic action adventure. “Waterworld.” But for this hardened screen veteran, it was his Nightmare and daily routine. And, as estimates of the cost of “Water-world” were reaching $200 million, (tis wife was suing for divorce.
’’His marriage turned out to be irretrievable, but Costner is convinced that the sunken treasure money well spent. A project as plicated and unique as “Water-Id” is going to have a bloated tag. he maintains, but during
ent Los Angeles interview,
2&cstner assures that the expense fwiH be justified as soon as the theater lights go dim.
5 /“When the curtain opens, it’s "supposed to be a really magical ^ifiotnent when, no matter what ^happened, it all goes away," explains Costner. “It’s almost like a .•porting event Once the speculator* dies down, it's really up to the players."
• Born: Lynwood, Calif., on Jan. 18, 1955.
• Education: California State University at Fullerton.
• Began Career: On the cutting room floor as the dead Alex in "The Big Chill."
• Biggest Films: "The Untouchables," "Bull Durham," "Field of Dreams," "JFK," "The Bodyguard," "Dances With Wolves."
• Current Role: As the
Mariner in "Waterworld."
• Next Film: "Tin Cup," in which he plays a golfer.
Copley News Service
Speculation about the worth of Costner’s waterlogged epic has persisted since day one of production. Most of it was untrue and unfair, he insists.
“Look, if I tell you that I’m just like you, then you might understand,” 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 that’s the way I am. It was a difficult movie, but it wasn’t all pain. It’s one of the great action movies that challenged the genre a little bit.”
It certainly challenged Costner While playing the middleman between director Kevin Reynolds (whom he ultimately replaced in the editing room) and the studio, he also played the Mariner, “Water-world’s” half-man, half-fish mutant 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 day,” Costner admits.
“There were a lot of times where, if a mistake occurred, it probably would have meant the end of my career, the md of my life. I'm not trying to be overdramatic, 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 clearheaded about what you’re doing.
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KEVIN COSTNER in “Waterworld”
and be as reasonable, compassionate and resourceful as you can. Sometimes, you go to work and you fake it. You do the best you can, and your heart’s on the ground.”
To make things even more intense, Costner had some testy scenes with Tina Majorino, his 10-year-old co-star, and even did some daring stunts with her.
“I’ve worked with children before. and Tina is really as good as they come,” Costner said. “She understood what she was doing, and she trusted me. So there was a really great relationship. It’s funny
how much higher your survival instincts 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 stuff.”
It’s no surprise that a young girl would trust Costner so completely. That’s one of the positive things about being a Hollywood icon. But it’s 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 say,” Costner sighs. “You have a very blessed life, I would tell you.”
Whatever the fate of “Waterworld," Kevin Costner isn’t going to be washed away. Next up is a romantic comedy directed by Eon Shelton, with whom he teamed in 1988 for the home run hit, “Bull Durham.”
“It’s set against the world of golf,” Costner concludes with a grin. “I play a real rascal. It was written for me."Entertainment Trivia
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lection follows Nelson’s latest national tour with fellow Highwaymen Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Knstofferson.
The songs on the three-CD/four-cassette set represent 30 years and several distinct phases of Nelson’s career Rare and previously unissued releases include Nelson s first recording at age 24, “No Place For Me,” and 14 songs from a 1974 Texas Opry House concert The set also comes with a 36-page booklet stuffed with rare photos and interviews
lf you can’t find “Willie Nelson: A Classic & Unreleased Collection.” call (800) 432-0202 to order.
HOLLYWOOD FAMILY LIFE
Actress and author Carrie Fisher, daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, spills the dirt on real Hollywood family life in A&E’s “Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family,” airing Aug. 13. Fisher, raised in the Hollywood show-biz circus, follows people through divorce, adoption, spur-of-the-moment weddings, sperm-bank dealings, fame cravings, and examines pushy moms trying to get their children in “the business.”
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Sean Connery, who hails from Scotland, found the medieval ancestry of his people to be a strong calling.
Jerry Zucker, director of Columbia Pictures’ “First Knight” agrees, and cast Connery in the role of King Arthur.
“As soon as Sean steps in front of the camera, that’s all taken care of instantly,” Zucker said. “Arthur must be a natural leader — not just
by words that come out of his mouth or his actions, but by the kind of person he is. And, of course,
in ’First Knight,' our Arthur has that kind of charisma. I can’t imagine anybody else but Sean Connery in the role."
Connery was inspired as well with his place in the timeless tale of Camelot.
“It s biblical in a way because it is legend," Connery said.
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