With the formation of his country-rock band, his ranch in Colorado, and his directorial debut in “Dances with Wolves,” it’s clear that Kevin Costner has a love for the West. He himself has admitted that his favorite movie genre is Westerns.
Additionally, he has a love for horse riding and did all of his own riding scenes (of course) in “Dances with Wolves.” And now, you can see him in the Western drama, “Yellowstone!”
Movie Star Turned Rock Star
Kevin Costner didn’t just want to stay on the screen, he had other ambitions to be on stage with a guitar in hand. In 2007, Costner formed the country-rock band, Kevin Costner and Modern West. The group included, along with Costner: John Coinman, Teddy Morgan, Blair Forward, Larry Cobb, Park Chisholm, Luke Bulla, Bobby Yang, and Roddy Chong.
The band signed under the Show Dog-Universal label and began touring in 2007. They have performed at the Daytona International Speedway and at the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
A NASCAR Honor
Speaking of NASCAR, Costner was also given the honor of being named the Grand Marshal of the Nextel Cup Series Auto Club in 2007.
His connection to the American pastime went even further when, in 2008, he helped produce the NASCAR documentary (along with CMT Films), The Ride of Their Lives.
Sticking with his preferred genre, Kevin Costner’s latest project is the Western TV drama, "Yellowstone." Yellowstone follows a Montana family who must fight to keep their land as it borders both a Native American reservation and a national park.
Costner plays the patriarch of the family, John Dutton, who faces challenge after challenge in overseeing the land.
All American Roles
Another genre that Costner finds himself in is the baseball film genre. He has starred in multiple baseball films including "Chasing Dreams," "Bill Durham," "For the Love of the Game," "The Upside of Anger," and "Field of Dreams."
Fans will remember his famous role in "Field of Dreams" and the iconic quote from the film, “If you build it, they will come”. This genre, combined with his roles in Westerns has helped cement him as the quintessential, American leading man.