female gazing at: Kevin Costner

Yesterday’s female-gazing at Gary Cooper made me think: Wow, Gary Cooper really kinda looks like Kevin Costner, doesn’t he? Or, the other way around, actually, since Costner came second.

The thing about Costner is, he really is the embodiment of the evil of Hollywood. Because he has appeared in some seriously shitty movies — hello, Dragonfly and 3000 Miles to Graceland — and in some mostly shitty movies that aren’t quite as bad as their reputations — Waterworld and The Postman and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves — and always, he is so seductive with his perfect combination of aw-shucks-ness and masculinity and vulnerability.

Swing Vote is really quite terrible, and in a better world, Costner’s fuckup wouldn’t be so lovable — it undercuts whatever power the film might have had — but how can you not go weak in the knees at that grin:

And that’s even before you get to the great films he’s been in. I can haz baseball player?

Oh my god, is there a better moment in movies ever than Costner’s speech in Bull Durham about long slow wet deep kisses that last three days? I think not.

And there’s one of the best movies ever, with or without Costner: Dances with Wolves. Which he directed, which layers on the extra “oh, he’s multitalented” thing. A movie so good that James Cameron stole it. A movie in which Costner is delicious even with weird 19th-century facial hair.

I’ll be in my bunk.

I’m posting pictures like these every weekday, of a man who is attractive and desirable, because I like to look, dammit — and because the female gaze doesn’t have to be such serious business.

(If you have a suggestion for someone we should female-gaze at, feel free to email me with a name or a link to a particular photo.)

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Thu, Jul 01, 2010 8:58pm

Mmm, yes. Gazeworthy. What’s he up to these days and how’s he holding up?

I have to say, though, that Waterworld is every bit as bad as its reputation, if not worse.

And I have to put in a plug for one of my favorite KC movies–The War. Quiet little beautiful intense movie.

Teeny Gozer
Teeny Gozer
Thu, Jul 01, 2010 10:00pm

Ooh! I met him, live & in person, in Dec 1991 (it was a Celtics thing in Boston, they were retiring one of the ball-player’s numbers.) He was much smaller than I thought he’d be, almost delicate! Very adorably aw-shucks when someone came by to tell him how much they loved his work. The camera renders him taller and broader, I think.

Thu, Jul 01, 2010 10:53pm

The camera renders him taller and broader, I think.

That’s true of almost every actor I’ve seen or met in person. They almost always seem smaller than you imagine they’d be.

Fri, Jul 02, 2010 12:04am

Wow, I’ve never found him attractive, and it wasn’t until this post that I understood why. His onscreen persona in all of his movies reminds me so much of my dad.

Fri, Jul 02, 2010 1:05am

It’s easy to bash Costner because, as is inevitable with any movie star, he made some bad films (The Postman, 3,000 Miles to Graceland, etc.).

So what. That doesn’t take away from his strong performances and good reviews in BULL DURHAM, TIN CUP, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, MR. BROOKS, DANCES WITH WOLVES, OPEN RANGE (also directed), NO WAY OUT, and FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME.

He’s at least as good as his generational peers such as Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson.

It’s become fashionable and pseudo-sophisticated to bash the guy, but I’ll take him any day over actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, that guy from Twilight, and a whole host of other actors who are very “in” right now.

Fri, Jul 02, 2010 4:18am

He kinda drowned in his own hubris but 80’s Costner, yeah, for sure!

Fri, Jul 02, 2010 5:02am

He kinda drowned in his own hubris

Well, he was lucky to have gills …

Rusty Broomhandle
Rusty Broomhandle
Fri, Jul 02, 2010 6:19am

Alright, here’s an unusual suggestion for these “gazing at” features. Almost certain nobody else has suggested it.

Ron Perlman as he looked in the 80s show Beauty and the Beast. I remember him accepting an Emmy for that and thanking the make-up crew for turning “this” into a romantic lead.

Fri, Jul 02, 2010 10:02am

Okay, Kev doesn’t really do it for me. I still detest Waterworld, and The Postman is only okay because it’s based on David Brin’s novel. For my dosh, Field of Dreams is my favorite of his movies.

Margaret Kehoe
Margaret Kehoe
Fri, Jul 02, 2010 12:43pm

My favorite KC movie is “A Perfect World” but in fact the only KC movie I did not like is “5000 Miles to Graceland” – Every time I see Waterworld I discover something else unique–although I must admit that the strike-anywhere matches were out of place. And why is “The Postman” considered to be such a bad movie? I loved it! Let’s face it, I’m a Kevin Costner fan!

Kathy A
Kathy A
Fri, Jul 02, 2010 12:46pm

And I have to put in a plug for one of my favorite KC movies–The War. Quiet little beautiful intense movie.

Second this plug! The War is really good. Surprising that Costner took second billing to a 13-year-old Elijah Wood (who is also good in the film).

Fri, Jul 02, 2010 4:17pm

Kevin Costner used to love making movies. It was all over his face and his actions and his acting. He realized how cool what he was doing was. That was 99.78% of his appeal.

It’s quite sad that he lost it, back in late 1991 or so.

Aside from The Upside of Anger, he hasn’t been watchable since.

In this way, he mirrors Hugh Grant, who has also forgotten how much fun making movies is supposed to be.

Barbara Nemec
Barbara Nemec
Tue, Jul 06, 2010 5:41pm

I first laid eyes on Kevin in April 2004 when he was standing right in front of me in downtown Greenville SC during the Walk of Fame in conjuction with the BMW Pro/Am Golf Tournament. Such beautiful blue eyes. I now have signed copes of Bull Durham (I live in Hendersonville NC and I had to have that NC made movie) and No Way Out. 7/6/2010 Barbara Nemec PS He is 6’1″ ( I was walking next to him on a golf course pathway in 2005 and he is taller than me.)