'Horizon' Star Kevin Costner: 'I Don't Just Fall Out of Love With Things I Like'

Kevin Costner unveils new Western epic, 'Horizon'

by Zain ul Abedin
'Horizon' Star Kevin Costner: 'I Don't Just Fall Out of Love With Things I Like'
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Kevin Costner, acclaimed for his dedication to the filmmaking process and his reverence for the American Southwest, is set to captivate audiences once again with his latest venture, "Horizon: An American Saga." This film, a product of nearly three decades of passion and perseverance, marks a significant return for Costner to a genre he deeply cherishes - the Western.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Costner shared his unwavering commitment to the projects he loves. "I don't know if passion's the right word," he explained. "I just don't fall out of love with things I like.

I am always looking for the next great movie." His relentless pursuit of cinematic excellence has led to the creation of "Horizon," a four-part, post-Civil War drama that he not only stars in but also directs. The first trailer, released in February, immerses viewers in the rugged landscapes and intense drama of the Wild West - a setting Costner has become synonymous with, particularly since his directorial debut in "Dances with Wolves." His latest project, however, is not merely a nostalgic trip into cinema's past but a bold statement on the enduring relevance of the Western genre.

"This is not a last stab at keeping this genre alive," Costner asserted. "This genre will live forever if people take it seriously."

Horizon: Revisiting History

Costner’s film not only explores the iconic era of the American West but also delves into its complex and often dark themes, such as Manifest Destiny and the cultural genocide of indigenous peoples.

"You can't tell the story unless you bump into that," Costner remarked, highlighting the historical responsibility that comes with such narrative undertakings. Aside from historical themes, "Horizon" also celebrates the pivotal role of women in the West.

Costner emphasizes, "Without women, the West dies. It never happens. This country doesn't happen. They have a place in these stories," underscoring his commitment to a more inclusive retelling of Western history. Costner's dedication extends beyond the screen.

The project, which has personally cost him over $20 million, demonstrates his commitment to his vision, reminiscent of his financial backing for other major projects like "Dances with Wolves" and "The Postman." Despite the financial risks and recent personal challenges, including a divorce, Costner's focus remains steadfast on his craft.

"Horizon" is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, marking Costner's first appearance at the festival in 20 years. He expressed his gratitude for the inclusion of his film in this year's lineup, noting, "It’s been 20 years since I’ve had the pleasure of being on the Croisette.

I’ve been waiting for the right time to return and I’m proud to say that this time has come." With "Horizon," Kevin Costner continues to forge a legacy of impactful, thoughtful filmmaking that challenges the conventions and historical narratives of the American West.

As the film prepares for its theatrical debut on June 28 and follow-up release on August 16, audiences are eagerly anticipating what promises to be a compelling addition to the storied canon of Western cinema.

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