By Adam Jusko, ProudMoney.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally published February 21, 2018 – Kevin Costner has only spoken to me once. His words weren’t important, though.*** Instead, what I learned about value came from watching him.
In the spring of 2013, the movie Draft Day was filmed in Cleveland (where I live), and I ended up with a front row seat to much of the filming, getting to watch Kevin Costner, Denis Leary, and Jennifer Garner work (not to mention Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman). In an unlikely stroke of luck, I got to be Denis Leary’s stand-in during the filming, essentially pretending to be him while the crew set up cameras and lighting for each scene.
(I was also an extra in the airport scene; you won’t want to miss me driving a golf cart both forward and backward.)
Draft Day centers around the general manager of the Cleveland Browns (played by Costner) as he wheels and deals on the day of the NFL Draft. Denis Leary plays the new Browns coach who doesn’t see eye to eye with his GM. Jennifer Garner is the team’s salary cap expert and Costner love interest. Boseman is a potential draftee.
What you realize when you’re on the set of a film starring Kevin Costner is how much pressure is on Kevin Costner. He is in almost every scene, filming is virtually non-stop for 6 weeks or so, and he has to deliver over and over again. Almost every eye is on him no matter where he goes on the set. It’s not far-fetched to say the movie only exists because Kevin Costner was willing to do it, so in many ways he was like the film’s CEO, with the responsibility of making it work so everyone else can get paid. That’s a lot to take on. (For those under 30, Kevin Costner may just seem like an older actor, but he was THE movie star of the late 1980s and ’90s.)