For more than 25 years now, Kevin Costner has been an American icon, starring in Hollywood’s biggest films ranging from political thrillers, to romantic comedies, to westerns, to science fiction, and period dramas. Often he was the conscious and dignity of America on our screens, an All American with an impossible dream or a hero who would do anything to save the ones he loved.
Whether you love him or hate him, it’s impossible to completely ignore Costner’s impact on American cinema and there was hardly a bigger actor in the early 90s. He is an immensely successful actor, a musician, a producer, a director, and, at times, a mix of all four. He has two Academy Awards to his name (both for Dances With Wolves as a producer and director respectively, missing out on winning for his Best Actor nod to Jeremy Irons in Reversal Of Fortune), Golden Globes, and just recently, an Emmy. On the not-so-positive side, though, he has also been nominated for, and “won” several Razzies for his performances.
A roller coaster of a career, Costner has had his fair share of ups and downs. He went from the top of the Hollywood ladder to almost an afterthought when the movie Waterworld bombed, with few highlights in the past 15 years. Though Costner’s very much on the comeback trail recently with the success of The Hatfield And The McCoys production for The History Channel and his role in the biggest movie of the summer, Man Of Steel (pictured above), in which he plays Jonathan Kent, the adopted father of Superman.
So, without further ado, let’s get started on Kevin Costner: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked…
This article was first posted on June 14, 2013