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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Retrospective: Top 10 Kevin Costner's Best Leading Roles

With 3 DAYS TO KILL opens this Thursday (27 February, to be exact), the upcoming movie will mark the return of veteran actor Kevin Costner playing a leading role in a major studio production since the little-seen MR. BROOKS in 2007. And to coincide with the release of 3 DAYS TO KILL, here are my personal pick for Top 10 Kevin Costner's best leading roles (not in particular orders):

1. THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987) (as Eliot Ness)

This is a major breakthrough role for Kevin Costner, who later becomes one of the most sought-after leading men in Hollywood.

2. NO WAY OUT (1987) (as Tom Farrell)

1987 was certainly a banner year for Kevin Costner. He first scored in THE UNTOUCHABLES, and he hit jackpot again with NO WAY OUT -- widely regarded as one of the best political thrillers ever made in the 1980s.

3. BULL DURHAM (1988) (as Crash Davis)

First-time director Ron Shelton hits home run with his impressive debut in BULL DURHAM, which was cited by many critics as one of the best baseball movies ever made in Hollywood. Not to forget also, BULL DURHAM is the one that made the already-famous Kevin Costner synonymous with baseball movie.

4. FIELD OF DREAMS (1989) (as Ray Kinsella)

Another baseball movie, another home run for Kevin Costner in FIELD OF DREAMS. Like BULL DURHAM, it's also widely regarded as one of the best baseball movies ever made.

5. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) (as Lieutenant Dunbar)

Kevin Costner hits at the peak of his career here in DANCES WITH WOLVES. This is the movie that defies all expectations (it was once called "KEVIN'S GATE", an obvious reference to the notorious big-budget flop of HEAVEN'S GATE) and made a great fortune at the box office worldwide. And of course, the movie also scored an astounding 12 Oscar nominations and won seven including Best Picture (famously defied Martin Scorsese's GOODFELLAS) and Best Director for Kevin Costner (his directing debut).

6. JFK (1991) (as Jim Garrison)

One of the best presidential movies from the controversial director Oliver Stone (PLATOON). Kevin Costner excels as the New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, and so does the rest of the fine acting ensembles (including Tommy Lee Jones' Oscar-nominated supporting turn).

7. THE BODYGUARD (1992) (as Frank Farmer)

Kevin Costner does a satisfying impersonation of the cool-mannered Steve McQueen (a role which was originally intended for the late actor). THE BODYGUARD was a huge hit at the box office and also best remembered for some of the best Whitney Houston's songs ever recorded in a soundtrack.

8. A PERFECT WORLD (1993) (as Butch Haynes)

A PERFECT WORLD is not a perfect movie by any means, but this Clint Eastwood-directed movie benefited greatly from Kevin Costner's complex performance as the well-meaning Butch Haynes who shares a wonderful rapport with a great child actor T.J. Lowther as his hostage, Phillip Perry.

9. THIRTEEN DAYS (2000) (as Kenny O'Donnell)

Kevin Costner reunites with NO WAY OUT director Roger Donaldson again in this excellent political thriller, THIRTEEN DAYS. This movie also happens to be the second winning performance for Kevin Costner, which inspired from the events surrounding the Kennedy administration after 1991's JFK.

10. MR. BROOKS (2007) (as Mr. Earl Brooks)

In a radical change-of-pace, Kevin Costner plays a serial killer role for the first time ever in the little-seen MR. BROOKS. And surprisingly, he gives a perfectly chilling performance as the title character that suits well with his trademark deadpan acting expression.

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