Kevin Costner says it’s “OK” if people don’t like him because of his politics

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Yellowstone star Kevin Costner says it’s “OK” if people don’t like him because of his politics (Image: REUTERS/Aude Guerrucci)

Kevin Costner doesn’t care if he loses fans because of his politics.

The actor’s hit show Yellowstone kicked off season 5 with — spoiler alert — his character, John Dutton, becoming the governor of Montana on the Paramount Network show. That on-screen development led him to discuss his views on American politics off-screen, including whether he would have ever been a candidate after endorsing both Democratic and Republican candidates in recent years.

“No, I don’t think there’s any reason for me to run,” Costner, 67, said USA today“although I wish the people who did run had a bigger vision and more morals about how they see the country evolving. I’m disappointed.”

Costner, an independent, voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and Joe Biden in 2020 — the latter coming after his first choice, current Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. Most recently, the Oscar winner showed her support for Liz Cheney — vice chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and public critic of former President Trump — in her ultimately unsuccessful Wyoming Republican primary in August.

“Just because you lose doesn’t mean you’re done; it doesn’t mean you’re even wrong,” he told the outlet. “I was clear [Cheney] probably wouldn’t win her election,” as he donned his “I’m for Liz Cheney” T-shirt, which she shared on social media. “But as a civilian I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated her courageous, level-headed attitude.”

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While facing political criticism, Costner said he wouldn’t change his decision to publicly endorse the candidates he has.

“I didn’t really care how the cookie crumbles — that people who liked me now don’t like me anymore,” he told the outlet. “That’s fine.”

Costner told the Daily beast in 2020, “I’m an independent. I vote for who I think has the best interests in the country and where we stand in the world.” He went on to say that when he was identified as a Republican actor in the 1980s and early 1990s, he didn’t bother to clarify his position. “I just didn’t even answer,” he said. “I think it was because of the movies I was making,” inclusive Dancing with wolves“but I’ve never said one thing or the other. I really go back and forth on my votes. The Democratic Party doesn’t represent everything I think, and neither does the Republican Party right now – not at all. So I think it’s too limited.”

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The same year, he said Variety, he voted for Biden, after Buttigieg dropped out, because he was most hopeful that he could be “a president for both sides.” While he didn’t call Trump outright, he said, “The idea of ​​racism and violence…we all need to be able to see that it’s going, ‘Enough. That’s enough’.” years we get a chance to look at where we stand as a country and decide if we’re going in the right direction and if not then we have that chance to make a shift.”

When Trump ran against Hillary Clinton in 2016, Costner said he didn’t find the presidential election as “entertaining” as others. “I find it embarrassing. I find it very immature. I think America is really teetering on rock bottom with the way we talk to each other… Where are our big ideas? There is now a dialogue that is embarrassing.”

However, he has never hid from his conservative roots. In an interview with Huffington Post iIn 2008, he was asked if he was a registered Republican until the 1996 election, when he changed his registration to independent and mostly voted Democrat after that.

“I’m not a Republican,” he said. “I actually grew up in a house that was a Republican house. My politics came out of my kitchen table, listening to my parents. I thought the people protesting the Vietnam War were unpatriotic because my brother was fighting in Vietnam. I was only 14 years old. When I was given time and distance I realized it was just a disagreement and their opinion wasn’t necessarily wrong. As a person evolves they start to have their own voice and their own way of thinking. I was’y ahead of my time.”

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on YellowstoneCostner’s character is now pursuing a career in politics, which the actor says will be difficult for him since his new job will require Dutton to move off his farm.

“I know how hard it will be for him,” Costner said USA today. “His heart is with the ranch. He’s not trying to find a middle ground with people. That’s going to be problematic. He’s got a job he’s working on that’s not as expansive as some would like. And he’s not going to change.”

The show has been a hit since its premiere in 2018. Costner said he only planned to do one season, but it was a ride he was happy to be on: “I’m giving everything I can for what I do. But on The moment I feel it’s not right, I just step away.”

Yellowstone birth of an entire franchise, inclusive 1883 — starring Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Sam Elliott — as well as the forthcoming 1923 — starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren — a limited series premiering in December.