Between 2006 and 2013 only five costner movies appeared in theaters.
But in 2012 costner resurfaced on the History Channel in Hatfieds & McCoys.
For a few years in the mid- to late-1980s, costner was everywhere.
costner was an earnest man for an earnest time: the patriotic, self-serious interregnum between Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
In 1988, producer Mace Neufeld approached costner about The Hunt for Red October.
“costner suggests Dan Quayle with a sword,” added Mike Clark of USA Today, panning Robin Hood.
And so we have the current costner comeback—the casting about for a new kind of middle-aged leading role.
The two had worked together on No Way Out, and Neufeld wanted costner to play Jack Ryan.
“A man like costner would be killed by humor,” Thomson once wrote.