Kevin Costner (@modernwest) is an internationally renowned filmmaker. He is considered one of the most critically acclaimed and visionary storytellers of his generation. Costner has produced, directed, and/or starred in memorable films such as Dances with Wolves, JFK, The Bodyguard, Field of Dreams, Tin Cup, Bull Durham, Open Range, Hatfields & McCoys, and Black or White, among many others. He has been honored with two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy Award.
Their first book collaboration is a beautiful tome — The Explorers Guild: A Passage to Shambhala. Kirkus described it: “With its colorful cast, exotic locales, and intertwined fates, the book slowly addicts. A rousing throwback whose spinning plates never stop, even at the end.”
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Selected Links from the Episode
- The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala
- Watch Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech, Make Good Art
- Connect with the Explorer’s Guild:
- Learn more about Agitainment and Rick Ross:
- Learn more about Kevin Costner’s project to build a monument in order to tell The Story of the Bison
- The origins of Kevin Costner [6:01]
- On being raised in a conservative Baptist family [8:08]
- Work ethic and lessons learned from his father [16:46]
- The near-death experience during Costner’s first audition [23:56]
- The story behind being cast for The Big Chill [33:26]
- Kevin Costner’s self-talk for the the seemingly impractical goal of being an actor [36:01]
- Advice for his younger self [40:06]
- On his scariest scenes [40:56]
- Explaining the ‘let us suppose’ scenes in JFK and working with Oliver Stone [45:46]
- How Kevin Costner deals with burnout [48:46]
- On managing the challenging aspects of fame [56:31]
- The story behind Dances with Wolves, working with Michael Blake [57:46]
- Mistakes made as a young director [1:06:25]
- Why write The Explorers Guild? [1:11:00]
- Jon Baird and the origin of The Explorers Guild [1:12:00]
- The aesthetic thinking behind The Explorers Guild [1:19:10]
- The process of working together to create The Explorers Guild [1:21:30]
- Describing the ideal reader for the book [1:26:30]
- What type of writers have most influenced Jon Baird’s storytelling [1:29:50]
- When Kevin Costner thinks of the word “successful,” who is the first person who comes to mind and why? [1:40:50]
- Kevin Costner’s favorite documentary [1:42:40]
- Overcoming bad habits and equestrian stunt work [1:44:05]
- Important historical figures for Kevin Costner [1:47:50]
- Telling the story of Tatanka [1:48:50]
- If you could have one billboard anywhere, where would it be and what would it say? [1:50:45]
- Advice to his 30-year-old self [1:51:20]
- Kevin Costner’s ask of the audience [1:52:15]
- Spencer Tracy
- Gregory Peck
- Oliver Stone
- Michael Blake
- Winsor McCay
- Steven Spielberg
- Thomas Jefferson
- Mark Twain
- Abraham Lincoln
- Crazy Horse
- Chief Joseph
Posted on: November 16, 2015.
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