Kevin Costner Recalls Matt Damon, Ben Affleck as 'Field of Dreams' Extras

Kevin Costner shares insights on career and inspirations.

by Nouman Rasool
Kevin Costner Recalls Matt Damon, Ben Affleck as 'Field of Dreams' Extras
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Kevin Costner was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," talking about his old co-stars from the great movie "Field of Dreams," Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. A brilliant actor remembered the excitement of those extras; really, there was a lot of them going on with joy and in one accord.

“They were sitting in the stands, like college guys, and they came up, and they both leaned in at the same time, leaned back at the same time, looked at each other at the same time as we talked," Costner described, reflecting on their keen interest and spirited engagement.

Adding to the nostalgia, Jimmy Kimmel brought up a text from Damon where the "Bourne Identity" star reminisced about his interactions with Costner. Damon’s text highlighted a youthful admiration for the seasoned actor, recalling how he laughed at Costner’s casual demeanor and the way he mingled with the extras.

"He came out and hung around with the extras between setups. I asked him what he was doing, and he said, ‘Shooting the s---’ and I laughed like a 12-year-old girl. It was a big deal for us, because he had the exact career that we wanted," Damon’s message read.

Costner's Cannes Reflection

The conversation with Kimmel also delved into more recent achievements in Costner's career, particularly his emotional response to the lengthy standing ovation for his movie "Horizon: An American Saga Chapter 1" at its Cannes premiere.

Costner shared a moment of reflection triggered by the applause, "I kinda went back to the beginning and wondering, you know, how I even ended up at a place like that." Costner also reflected on his journey post his directorial debut film, "Dances With Wolves," which won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.

He expressed a continuous drive to excel, undeterred by his previous successes. "I just wanted to keep going,” he stated, emphasizing his commitment to pursue new challenges rather than resting on his laurels. This heartfelt interview not only showcased Costner’s significant contributions to cinema but also highlighted the warm interactions and early inspirations of current Hollywood stalwarts like Damon and Affleck, providing fans with a glimpse into the moments that mark the intersecting paths of cinema legends.

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