Actor/director Kevin Costner had a bit of a spell a few years ago having made two back-to-back post-apocalyptic duds, moreover they were also critical bombs. The films were Waterworld and The Postman, and while The Postman was an out-and-out box office armageddon, Waterworld was doubly disastrous because of its then exorbitant budget, which ironically is the current price tag for the average Hollywood blockbuster.
While out fronting for Man of Steel, Costner talked about his past blunders, and he feels that they’re not so bad, and he thinks you shouldn’t think that they’re so bad either. First up, The Postman, which is by far the most beaten up of the two films:
“Well, I always thought it was a really good movie! I always thought I probably started it wrong. I should have said something like ‘once upon a time.’ Because it was just like a modern-day fairy tale — it wraps itself up with a storybook ending with the statue. You know, I thought it was a pretty funny movie set against the idea of a Superman — somebody stepping up. But in this case, it’s a very humble guy whose nothing but a liar [laughs] — delivers mail and burns half of it just to stay alive. So, I like the movie.”
As for Waterworld, that one has actually become better thought of with time. But Costner still thinks we can be nicer towards it.
“It just is what it is. But it stands up as a really exotic, cool movie. I mean, it was flawed — for sure. But, overall, it’s a very inventive, cool movie. It’s pretty robust.”
Well that’s one word for it. What do you Bastards think of Costner’s career?