Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Costner: I won't be told what to do

Kevin Costner doesn't like being told how to make his movies

Kevin Costner has said the reason he doesn't direct any more is because he doesn't like being dictated to by Hollywood.

The Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit star last directed a movie in 2003 when he made Western Open Range. His other directing credits include the award-winning and critically acclaimed Dances With Wolves and box office flop Waterworld.

Asked about the major changes in Hollywood since he started his career, Kevin said: "Well I think there's too big [emphasis on] committees. That is why I don't direct more. If I direct I want you to see the movie I direct and not something that somebody else told me to do."

The Bodyguard star revealed he refuses to submit his films to test screenings.

He added: "They're a little bit afraid to work with me because what if I'm crazy. But I think they're crazy. I've watched really good things be taken away because people don't think the audience would like it. It just kills me.

"I am just a little different. Maybe I am not doing it right, but that is who I am, that is why I don't make sequels.

"At least I've lived and died with single movies. I don't always work with important directors. I work with first-time people. I will tell you, some of the movies that I've made that haven't turned out the way I wanted, haven't been because they weren't good, not at all. It's been because in post and editing there are too many committees. They get rid of key things. I knew they were good scripts. I know it in my heart. It's a drag."

But Kevin revealed he is planning to direct a new movie.

He said: "I am going to direct more as I play out the second half of my career, and the movie Black And White is what you're going to see. I produced it and paid for it. I didn't direct it, but I made sure that the movie is what I want people to see. That's who I am. Maybe I don't look old, but I feel like a dinosaur in the sense that I don't need to ask an audience what I think is good."

:: Kevin co-stars with Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in cinemas now.

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