Born in Lynwood, Californiaa day like today (January 18) but from 1955American director, screenwriter and actor Kevin Costner he enjoys the success that his stellar role in the television series ‘Yellowstone’ gives him today; with everything, she has already won two Oscars and three Golden Globesamong other recognitions of different consideration, for his work.
Thus, to celebrate his birthday, we review some of his most important and demanding roles in his vast filmography, which has also given him the opportunity to play historical or mythical figures, as well as fictional beings. Also, this short list shows how some of the best directors request his services. From Superman’s father, through Robin Hood or the bodyguard of Whitney Houstonsurprise yourself with these straps:
‘The Untouchables’ (Brian De Palma, 1987)
Here the actor personifies the policeman Eliot Nessan honest and honest judicial official from Chicago who tries to fight the corruption and the escalation of violence that the gang of the famous Al Capone (Robert De Niro) try to impose on the city. For this he forms a team in which a veteran police officer (Sean Connerywho would win an Oscar for this film) is his right-hand man, assisted by a young gendarme (Andy García) and an accountant (Charles Martin Smith).
‘Bull Durham’ (Ron Shelton, 1988)
If someone says that sports-sentimental entanglements between baseball players and an attractive journalist they form the basis of the tape, don’t quite believe it. As American as the plot is, the exploration of the character who is nearing the end of his sports career without ever having made the leap to the major leagues is phenomenal. Knowledge of baseball is not required, it takes the will to delve into the humanity of the veteran player.
‘Dances with Wolves’ (Kevin Costner, 1990)
It is the actor’s directorial debut (for which he received his Oscar) and can be considered a not-so-classic western, taking up the theme of the Indian claim. It is posed as a fable between anthropology and ecology, taken almost to the extreme of a fairy tale. But the sum of successes and errors result in an attractive work. In addition, the pseudo-romantic Lt. John Dunbar (the lead) earned him an Academy Award nomination.
‘JFK’ (Oliver Stone, 1991)
The gruesome murder of John F. Kennedy it had not been approached in this way; it would seem like a fabulación that takes tax as a pretext Jim Garrison (a superb Costner), to contravene the official version. The film is based on conjectures, but all are possible given the participation of so many historical stakeholders. Stone makes perhaps his best film aesthetically and with a magnificent cast as well.
‘A Perfect World’ (Clint Eastwood, 1993)
The character here is Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner), a habitual criminal who escapes from prison. The escape is complicated, and to continue he must take a seven-year-old boy hostage. After the initial shock, the boy manages to establish a true affective relationship with his kidnapper. Meanwhile, his pursuers, the official Red Garnett (Clint Eastwood) and criminologist Sally Gerber (Laura Dern)They do not rest in the investigation to capture him. It’s an excellent redemption story.
BONUS TRACK: ‘The Field of Dreams’ (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989)
Starring Kevin Costner (as the farmer Ray Kinsella), con Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta y Burt Lancaster (in his last movie). The film quintupled its budget at the box office and achieved three Oscar nominations; but what stands out most is his fantastic approach to a very American story in which baseball is combined with ghosts and the will not to be defeated and follow the dictates of emotion.