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Quint kinda visits the set of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. You never know what you're going to get when you agree to visit a movie set. Because of the demands of making movies everything is always in motion. No matter what meticulous plans publicists have laid the schedule can shift, an actor could no longer be available, a location could change. Sometimes these things are planned out months in advance, sometimes weeks and in the case of Jack Ryan it seemed to happen pretty much on the fly.

A big group of online folk were brought to London by Disney for Thor 2. Paramount had Jack Ryan filming in London at the same time and shortly before we left we were asked if we wanted to stay an extra couple of days to check out what Kenneth Branagh was doing with his Jack Ryan reboot. Most of us said sure and the studio people figured out the details.

The reason for the long preamble here is that because of the last minute nature it seems like they didn't have much wiggle room in what we were actually there to see filmed. It wasn't the most... exciting... set visit I've ever been in. In fact, the entirety of the visit had us sitting in a pub watching a monitor showing Chris Pine walking out of a building and getting into a van. They were shooting out on the street and for whatever reason (could have been space limitations), we couldn't actually be out there watching them work, so we never really left the pub.

This one was more about the possibility of getting early access to the cast and crew to discuss their approach to the movie as they'd slip in to the warm pub and chat with us whenever they could find a minute during their work day.

London's Financial District shared a common look with Moscow's new-money financial district, so it was doubling for bad guy Viktor Cherevin's office building (in the movie he runs a huge company that was compared to Enron by the producers). The location was near Liverpool Station and we were all situated in The White Horse Pub, normally closed at this hour and day, but rented by production a nice warm place for the crew to escape the cold rainy day and for us to make ourselves comfortable.

Like I mentioned above, the only bit filmed while we were there was viewed on a monitor. I found this to be surprisingly nostalgic when I saw the telltale flicker at the beginnings and endings of each take... Kenneth Branagh was shooting on film. That flicker was the film revving up to 24fps in the camera and slowing down to a stop when cut was called. I had no idea how long it had been since I've been on a set and seen that effect, but it was every visit back in my early days of doing this sort of thing and really tickled the nostalgia button in my brain.

The footage itself wasn't exciting, at least from a reporting angle. Chris Pine exits the building, looks around nervously and climbs into a van. No dialogue, no action set piece, no fast cars and since we weren't actually allowed on the set itself there was no way to see Branagh direct.

So, this isn't a footage-heavy report, but never you fear... I have something particularly great for you guys instead. It's an interview, which I usually don't run whole when it's a roundtable, but you'll know why when I get to it. First, I want to give you my impressions of the brief chats with Mr. Pine and Mr. Branagh.

Branagh only had about 5 minutes to run in and say hi, but as you'd expect he was incredibly charming and well-spoken. He discussed him taking on the dual responsibility of not only directing, but also playing a significant part as a choice made after he accepted the director's gig. He wanted to make sure his chemistry with Pine, who was already attached to the project when he came on board, was right and that his leading actor would be comfortable with it. Keira Knightley was the second person cast and when he met with them both he finally decided to play the role.

We had a little more time with Chris Pine and what struck me about him during the group chat was that he was obviously confident, but also hungry to better his craft and fascinated about learning all the in and outs of production. Makes me wonder if he's eye-balling a move behind the camera in the near future.

Pine compared jumping into the role of Jack Ryan to him doing something similar in Star Trek. He was a huge fan of the previous Ryan movies. He said he could respect what came before, but he had to do his own thing, paying attention to the landmarks of the character from the books and from previous films, but not wandering into imitation.

Talking about the challenges or Ryan as an action star, Pine mentioned that the key was making his smarts the star. Bourne has his body, Bond has his charisma, but Jack Ryan is a much more down to earth (the word “frumpy” was mentioned). His analytic abilities are front and center, so the trick is to make that exciting and engaging for an audience.

He wouldn't discuss the plot much, but he did compare the film to a Three Days of the Condor style thriller more than a typical action flick.

Pine was wearing a splint on his hand and of course that had to be addressed. Turns out he broke his finger in a stunt, but before we got all excited about the dangers he was being put through on this production he made sure to tell us he was just supposed to tackle someone and his finger flicked his forearm and snapped.

When reminded that he was talking to the press and should make the story more exciting he laughed and said, “I'm an actor, but I'm an awful liar.”

We ended talking about Kevin Costner and just how much of a cool customer he was. Pine's eyes lit up when talking about him and you could tell he adored the guy and had a huge amount of respect for his work and his talents as an actor.

And that brings us to Mr. Costner himself. He wasn't working the day we were there, but graciously came all the way down to visit us and chat a bit. In fact, it's more than a bit and that's the part I am excited to share with you guys. Typically we get between 5 and 15 minutes with onset interviews, but since Costner wasn't working that day he had all the time in the world, so even when the publicist tried to stop the conversation he (kindly) shot her down. The interview ended up around 45 minutes and interestingly veered away from Jack Ryan and to his career as a whole.

At the start of the conversation I didn't know that it would be as long and thoughtful as it was, but I did know I was in for something special when one of the bloggers jokingly pointed out the clouds parted and sunshine came out for him and Mr. Costner responded with one of the most amazingly confusing, yet thoughtful follow up that I've ever personally encountered.

That's where the conversation begins, so I'll let it roll from there. Enjoy!

Kevin Costner: I tell ya, that’s one of the things, there’s like universal things with people, even like a dick in life, even a really bad guy... I always think that even a bad guy recognizes a good idea, they know it when they hear it, you know what I mean? A good idea is something like an emotion, you just can’t keep it in. “Mmm, that’s a good idea, I really like that!” And the guy who hates it, like the politician, goes, “That’s a really good idea. What am I gonna do about that?” Find out who he’s sleeping with.

Question: So what got you on the road to join the Jack Ryan family?

Kevin Costner: I don’t really know what is going to happen with this thing. I have a tendency to make one movie at a time, I always have. I wanted to work with Kenneth, I wasn’t thinking far down the road because you never know. About the time you get caught doing that the franchise doesn’t work out or something like that. I tend to do one at a time and see if people like it, that’s really what you have to do. That's what executives do, they look down the line, and I think you need to keep your eye on the ball and see what that can be.

Q: You’ve been offered a Jack Ryan film before...

Kevin Costner: There’s a couple things. I might have been offered “Superman” 25 years ago, not that I was, but you can tell 25 years have passed because then they offer you Superman’s dad. (Everyone laughs.) So, I was offered the Jack Ryan series back in the very beginning, and I couldn’t do it. I think it was “Hunt for Red October,” the first one. I couldn’t do it because I had already postponed “Dances With Wolves” for one year. I had a chance to do “Red October” but I had already assembled this crew and I’d put my money into it, and then they offer me really a lot of money, more than I had ever seen to do “Hunt for Red October,” and I said, “You know, ‘No’ doesn’t mean more, it’s just no.” And it was like oh, that silly little Indian movie. And then I started to think it was this silly little Indian movie! But I went off and did that, and then never caught back up with the thing. Jack Ryan passed me. I have to be the guy who says, “You better hurry up, I mean it, she’s right behind you!”

Q: We were discussing this before you sat down, but was the idea for the character you’re playing to be involved in other Jack Ryan movies? Can you explain that?

Kevin Costner: I’ve heard that. I really, sincerely did not go into that. Call it superstition, call it whatever you want, I have not sat down with anyone and gone, “How is this going to work? How would this work?” I’ve really tried to support Chris Pine in this one the very best that I can, I’m a bit of his handler, you know. You could use the word mentor.

As you know, (Jack Ryan) doesn’t start off carrying a gun, he’s a financial guy who has military experience, military background. And the deeper it goes, he has to come up with the right movie stuff, so to speak, the guy who can defend himself, and stuff like that. I think the idea is that there would be several agents under his purview that he is able to manage. And when I say, “I think,” that’s sincerely what I mean, I haven’t really talked to anybody about how that would play out. The part would have to continue to get more interesting and more interesting, more involved, more pro-active if you will.

Q: Lorenzo definitely downplayed the idea of you being a behind the desk in a chair mentor, he said you’re very physical in the field. Is that accurate?

Kevin Costner: You know, some guys are born for management, and some guys can straddle it, can go back and forth. Some guys were never meant to be out in the field at all. And I think he’s a person that can straddle, that can go in and sometimes there’s places where you just have get information, you have to know how to do it. I think that he straddles that line.

Q: Would your character be sort of what Jack Ryan becomes or are you a totally different beast? Will he become more like your character as the series progresses?

Kevin Costner: I don’t know. I don’t know how Chris’s character will evolve. The hope is that he’ll be involved in a good story that’s exciting and that maybe you can relate your life to whatever circumstances they put in front of us.

Q: How much do you have the Clancy books in your head when you’re playing a role like this?

Kevin Costner: I don’t have the Clancy books in my head. I have the script in my head. You know, I could say it four different ways but I really have not invested yet in what would come after this. I have some things I would like to direct, I have more cowboy movies I’d like to make some day. I spent the last five years really writing a lot and acquiring material. I have three babies under five and so I’m going to start to work right now, I haven’t worked that much. I’m coming out with “Hatfields” and “Superman” and now I’m going to start working a little bit. I’m going to Paris after this and work and then hopefully I’ll be directing this summer something that I’ve written.

Q: A lot of times with these franchise-type movies, the studio asks you to sign like a three-picture deal or a five-picture deal. I would imagine they asked you to sign something like that to be involved. Were you a little apprehensive about signing something that was for multiple pictures, or did you not do that?

Kevin Costner: Well, really, I think that the second one depends on the first one, so I’m not really that apprehensive. I think they’re not going to want to make one if it’s not good, and I’m not going to want to make a second one if the first one’s not good. So I won’t be tied to something that’s not working, that won’t happen. If it’s not working, why would any of us want to do it?

Q: Working with Kenneth was one of the attractions, you said?

Kevin Costner: It is! It’s really good, he’s very thoughtful. He makes a point like a coach sometimes. Maybe even if you’re not very good he says, “You were really good!” as opposed to directors who just go, “Jesus!” And you walk home and think, “Aren’t you going to say something about today?” You know, Kenneth makes a real point to say, “It was good,” he writes you a little note. It’s nice, actually, it’s kind of thoughtful if you get down to it. He’ll say, “It was very smart today, it had a good crackle to it,” or something like that. I just love that he’s that way, and I like a director who’s enthused, and then when he turns around and looks at somebody he says, “I’m going to have to fix it with scissors.”

Q: You have something in common with him in that you’re both actor/directors who have directed movies where you’re also acting. As a director he kind of shies away from acting in his own movies but he’s doing that again. Have you had scenes with him so far?

Kevin Costner: No, no, and I won’t, either. I mean, we met each other when we were both very young, when he had just had his big success. He came to Los Angeles, I had him over to my house, and so we’ve been very familiar with each other but not pen pals, not phone calls or anything like that. He asked me two or three years later to do “Dead Man” something (I think he means DEAD AGAIN), Andy Garcia ended up doing it actually. I said at that point that it didn’t speak to me at all, but I’ve always been fond of watching what he’s up to because he’s really a classic actor and that was probably the single biggest reason why I did this.

Q: So did this film speak to you more than that film?

Kevin Costner: Actually, not really, it was Kenneth! I thought he has his mind on how this is going to work so I thought well, let’s just see.

Q: You mentioned that you took some time away and didn’t act as much and now you’re getting back into that world. What sort of roles are attracting you, what sort of things are drawing your attention now?

Kevin Costner: Well, I’ve been submitted a lot of things during that same time, but I tell you the roles that I’m really attracted to are the ones that I write for myself and develop. Once in a while something that somebody else does, you know, will speak out loud to you. Luc Besson has a movie that I’m going to go do called “3 Days to Kill.” I don’t know why we call it “3 Days to Kill” because it’s not three days to kill! I’m going to talk to him about that!

That character really speaks out loud to me so I really want to do that, but I would really like to get back to the things that I’ve developed because I kind of know how they are, I know when they start and when they end and I know all the scenes that I like and I’m not making up any pages on the day. I’m pretty anal about my own approach. I don’t start a movie until the script is done and completed, I don’t leave room for pages to start changing, for studios to start sliding notes under the door, whatever, I really like to know what I’m doing. I like to rehearse, and so the movies that I do I carve out almost a week and a half to two weeks for rehearsal, which is really not part of the budgets anymore these days, but I like my actors to do that because I don’t like to rehearse on the day, because I think all that is a block to me. I really like them to be comfortable, and I like to put them under pressure early so that when the day comes they’re more at ease.

So on the day of rehearsal they say, “I’m not really ready.” And I say, “Well, you should be ready!” And then they drive home that night and go, “Oh, shit, I wasn’t ready!” But what happens is that three or four days or a week later, they’re really ready. So that really is the process of acting is rehearsal and somewhere along the line film. People do not value that process anymore.

Q: Speaking of acting, what, in your opinion, is Chris Pine bringing to the role of Jack Ryan?

Kevin Costner: Well he fits that long prototype of a guy — you know we’ve had guys like James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson who were really cool tough guys but they weren’t classically handsome men, they were just powerhouses. You know, Spencer Tracy, just powerful people. Chris fits that. Look, I played that role in “No Way Out.” There’s that thing in America where you’re like six-feet, you know, you’re white or something like that, and you get to play these roles. And he is stepping into that time-honored spot and it’s not an easy one. Everybody thinks it’s easy, it’s not so easy to carry a movie, it’s really not so easy. In fact, it’s the evolution of your stature in Hollywood because — I remember I played “Silverado” and everyone was like, “Wow, that guy is really flashy, that’s really cool!” And then it’s like “Well, he can’t carry a film!” So it’s always these things that you gotta get over, and Chris is in that moment because he fits the way a lot of these stories read for a traditional lead, and so it’s not boring and it shouldn’t be underestimated how good you have to be to actually be able to do that.

Other people get to come into a movie and do accents and do little funny things and be incredible character actors and you just have to be boring lead! Not that it’s boring but you just have to be that guy, you cannot be concerned if somebody starts to steal the movie, you know what I mean? You actually have to be smart enough as a lead actor to want that to happen, you want somebody to come in and be very flashy, you know, that makes for a better movie. So he fits in that category.

Q: Are you stealing his spotlight in this movie?

Kevin Costner: No, it’s not that, but in order for this to even work, whenever Keira opens her mouth, or I open my mouth, or the bad guy opens his mouth, whatever, we have to feel like it’s advancing the plot. If everybody’s just there to serve the lead actor, it can fall flatter.

Q: So is your real life relationship with him like your relationship in the film, a kind of mentor?

Kevin Costner: Yeah, but he doesn’t lean over to me and ask for advice. He’ll want to lean over and ask about someone like Gene Hackman or something. “Have you met him?” So those will be the kind of sidebars just before we’re acting and I’ll think, “Hmm, I’m glad he wants to know about who these people are.” You knew him, you met him, you’ve worked with him, and then maybe a little story will come out. I can see that he appreciates the history of movies and the people in them.

Q: Do you prefer to be the support element in a film to not having as much of the weight on your shoulders?

Kevin Costner: Well, it’s nice in a sense, but I like to take people through a story... you know, it’s nice to have days off, to see the sun come out, but I will continue to be leads. I’m not afraid to play a supporting part, I don’t feel like that diminishes me, I don’t feel like “Oh, that’s a sign of the times now,” you know what I mean? I still get the girl, if it’s written!

Q: Where has most of your filming been? Have you been shooting mostly in the New York scenes or the offices?

Kevin Costner: We were in New York a minimal amount of time, two or three days, and then we came and shot here in London. I mean, I did a movie here called “Upside of Anger” and that movie is flat-out supposed to be shot in Detroit. There was only one shot of the Detroit skyline and we never went there. We did it all here, so London has proved pretty resourceful.

Q: Have you been able to have creative input on your character?

Kevin Costner: Yeah, and because I’ve made movies, I have to understand that this is not the William Harper movie, this is the Jack Ryan movie... (the publicist calls for one more question) I came a long way to talk to these people. Were you saying one more question? No, we can talk a little more!

You have to understand what you’re doing. That’s what this is and that’s being set-up. If we think a couple of lines explains this better, Kenneth has allowed that input and he knows that I’ve stayed inside the lines of the movie that he wants to make, so there have been little moments. There’s going to be that, especially if there’s no rehearsal, because if you don’t have rehearsals, you haven’t tested the movie in a way. As an actor, you haven’t tested it. So, when somebody says to you, ‘here’s the script’ and you go, ‘I think it needs a couple of things here’ - you either have somebody who is willing to hear that or not willing to hear that.

A lot of times you’ve done your work with a script, like when I do my work with a script... if I’m doing Open Range, I can hear Annette Bening talking. I know as an actress she can get from here to here with those lines, and if she can’t then I’m going to to make the lines so she can. So, when Annette Bening gets a script she’s not telling me she can’t get there. I already know she can get there - you know what I mean? If (Robert) Duvall’s there, I already know he can’t make that thing unless we do this thing. So, I try and sand the script before the actors get there because actors are usually panicked. Actors all think that it’s their story and you go ‘no, this is the story. This is how you fit, this is how you succeed’. So, it’s important with the small parts that there’s a moment that their mom’s going to like them in the role.

Q: With Hatfields and McCoys you guys took a major risk that paid-off in a big way and it proved to people that something they said couldn't be done could be done. Has this opened any doors for things that people were skeptical about?

Kevin Costner - Oh yeah. We’re a whole business of perception. Now that that suddenly works, we can all do it. There was no risk in doing Hatfields and McCoys. The risk was when I told them that I would not do it unless they did the whole story. What it was going to be was two nights, and that wasn’t the story. I could tell in my mind it was three nights - it was six hours, five and a half - whatever it is. And so, if I was going to be involved then they were going to have to do that. That forced them out of the conventions that they seem to think works, which is two nights. This was like, ‘Whoooaaa! They don’t work anymore. They haven’t worked since Roots’. (Laughter). They didn’t really say that, I thought, ‘Gee, isn’t this the story that you want the other actors to do?’ I said, ‘I can look at this and you can’t get it into two nights’.

So, the risk for me was to do something which would have fallen into conventional wisdom. I didn’t want to have the fight later - I had it right then, sitting right as close as you are to me, with the head of that channel. I said, ‘I’ll do this if you promise to do the whole story. Now, I’m not making you do that, but I’m not doing it unless that. So what do you want to do?’ We made our agreement across the table and she lived up to it. That doesn’t make me a genius, that only makes me certain of what I believe is a complete story. I was certain that if they made it two nights - that would have been the risk. The risk was thinking you have a great story, then figuring out what you are going to lose. That’s the risk. You know, there’s a lot of actors in this town that were in that movie that would have not made the final cut.

Q: I’m curious about your process as an actor and as a director. Some people prefer two takes, the way Clint Eastwood does it, while some people prefer 50 takes like David Fincher. As an actor I’m curious what you prefer and as a director what you prefer?

Kevin Costner: David does 50 takes? Of a scene?

Q: He did 100 takes of the opening of The Social Network.

Kevin Costner: He did?

Q: Or 99 takes.

Kevin Costner: That’s Kubrick. That’s Kubrick. He’s a very talented guy. You know, I go until I think I have it.

Q: As an actor or as a director?

Kevin Costner: As a director. As an actor you have to throw yourself on. Somebody goes, ‘I’ve got it’, so if it was two takes then, or three takes then and they want to move on, it doesn’t matter if I think that we’ve got it. I have to trust them, or I fight for one more. When I’m directing, I’m calling the shots. I have a tendency to short-change myself. I don’t short-change other actors, but I have a tendency, when I’m directing myself to go, ‘okay, I got it’. And once in a while somebody close to me will go, ‘why don’t you do another take? Why are you rushing yourself? You’re always rushing to help the other actors and then you go, ‘I’ve got it’. So, no Kevin take some time with your performance. Just take some more time.’ You know what? It’s good advice.

Do you guys have children?

[He gets one response.]

Kevin Costner: What the fuck?!?

Q: We’re online press!

Kevin Costner: I have seven. Okay, if you ever have a child sometimes you go to their little school, or maybe you’ve had the experience with your own parents. When they’re singing a song and you go, ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ like we practiced at home. You’re helping them. You do that as a director - you love your actors - you want them to be great. I’m watching Michael Gambon and he is great and I’m thinking, ‘I can’t direct this fucker. He’s good! He’s just really good. Like a Cadillac, how did he just get in there?’ He’s really good and you’re just thinking, ‘I’ve just directed Michael!’.

Q: You’ve been talking about having more westerns in you. What is it about the genre which keeps you coming back for more?

Kevin Costner: You could say the same thing about people who do space, or do CIA movies - it’s like, don’t put me in a box. I like to visit it because when they’re done right, I think they’re really beautiful pieces of film. They highlight how difficult it was for your ancestors who found their way to America to make a life for themselves.

If you do them really right, you actually create these interesting dilemmas where you go, ‘Whoa! I don’t know if I was that tough’. I’m not talking about Spaghetti Westerns where you kill a lot of people - and people like those. I’m talking about one that orchestrates it down to how do you protect your wife from two or three guys who say they want water but might take whatever they want. The west was very scary. This town (London) is like one of our ancient civilizations, but America had nothing until 200 years ago. and the shit we built 200 years ago, we don’t even have. It got replaced by modern stuff. It was like the Garden of Eden there for 800 years.

Their stories are of people who made their way out west, had to wait for seven,eight days for just the buffalo to pass in front of them because - we’re talking about over a million. They were afraid, so the wagon train just waited. You don’t conceive of that, you can’t conceive of that - and that’s real. If you make a really good western, it’s not just about the shoot-out, it’s not. It’s about, ‘how did I get in such a bad spot here? How did it come down to me against these guys?’ If you do it thoughtfully it’s our Shakespeare. If you do it crappy, it sets the genre back.

I like to revisit it, I hope when I do it each time I’m advancing it in some way. I just like it, I like the idea of a guy, all the possessions he owns are on his back. There’s something kind of cool about that. Look at the shit we have. Some guy, just free to go wherever he wants and makes up his own life.

Q: Franchises are becoming better at trying to work character beats into stories - it’s not just about the action. It sounds like that is what you guys are trying to do here.

Kevin Costner: There’s actually a big difference between story and character. A great story doesn’t make a great movie. A great script, which defines its moments and characters can become a great movie. You can make a movie that makes a lot of money and it may or may not have great story or great characters. Sometimes they succeed in spite of what the building blocks of storytelling are.

Q: You’ve always taken risks when you could have made The Bodyguard 2 or Robin Hood 2. What is it that keeps you wanting to move forward and try different things?

Kevin Costner: I always feel like I’m done with those movies. I think that frustrated people, that I wouldn’t go ahead and do that. I did however, on The Bodyguard. I was going to make that for a moment. Princess Diana was being really considered for that part. People have asked me to make (sequels to) Tin Cup, Bull Durham, Dances, you know those things. I was just always interested in what I could do next. I would have made any one of those had the script been really good. So I’m not above the idea.

Q: Is it just really tough getting the script in place?

Kevin Costner: For me the guys writing those are one-off guys too. Lawrence Kasdan, Ron Shelton, they move on in their lives. They’re very individual. It’s clearly the smart move to create something like this or that. I get that it’s a very good career move to do that.

Q: Do you notice any difference between working with British actors or American actors? Is there a different process?

Kevin Costner: Here’s the thing - the accent is cool. It’s like a girl with big breasts... they get your attention first. I remember really early on in acting class and I saw a couple of British actors who were beginning too. They were beginning and they just thought that they would like to do this and they would read the same scene as other beginning actors, but the accent was hypnotic. They weren’t better actors, but easier to listen to. They sounded more elegant. I thought, ‘Fuck, he’s really good. Is it his accent, or what is it?’

Every British actor I’ve worked with has been very disciplined. I think they understand the notion of rehearsal, actually appreciate it more appropriately, a little more than American actors do. I think it’s probably because of their training. That’s a general statement. I know American actors who like rehearsal the way I do, but all in all people are like, ‘hey, just tell me where to stand.’ You go, ‘really? Right out there it’s about 40 degrees. When you come back in you should know your lines’.

Q: When you’re approaching a character, especially this one, where you you find the access point and start developing into that person?

Kevin Costner: Being a lead you actually don’t have the chance to climb into the role. You don’t. You have to take people through the story. That’s where we started with, that basic question. Chris can’t start suddenly doing a lisp and a limp because it would be a really good choice, wouldn't it? Yeah, but not for a lead. You have to have the confidence to know when you’re just supposed to tell the story.

In Hatfields and McCoys I had to play pretty straight. What you do is find your emotion in that and try to become, what I call ‘everyman’. Everyman who watches this goes, ‘I’m that guy’, I’m not depending on him to dazzle. People like Steve McQueen and Paul Newman and all those guys took you through the story. When I see a character that I can really do, it’s actually easier because, you put on his clothes. Sometimes standing there and delivering lines feels really naked and that’s why a lot of people have more trouble doing it than they think. They think, ‘I can be Gary Cooper’ Really? Try it. ‘I could be Spencer Tracey’ Then why aren’t there more Spencer Traceys? Cause it’s hard to just stand there and deliver.

I was fascinated by him talking about turning down the role of Jack Ryan in The Hunt For Red October in order to do Dances With Wolves, but I was smitten by the time he was comparing having a British accent to being a girl with big breasts.

Costner pushed this particular visit over the top and it made me wish he was my awesome uncle that I could call any time I needed some particular bit of earthy wisdom.

I hope you guys enjoyed it! Stay tuned, I got another big ol' felty set visit report hitting tomorrow.

-Eric Vespe
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