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Excerpts from an interview with Kevin Costner...

Patrick Stoner: There's a lot of talk about risk-taking in TIN CUP. You've certainly taken more than your share of risks in your career, not always with the best results -- but sometimes you hit on the happiest results of all.

Kevin Costner: I suppose it seems like risk-taking, but I don't see it that way. I don't think you're taking risks if you're doing something you believe in and know what you want to do with it. It may seem like risk-taking on the outside, but it doesn't seem that way to me inside.

Stoner: Well, now, come on. You threw yourself off of a financial cliff with DANCES and that paid off. You threw the dice again and got badly bruised by a lot of people for quite a while.

Costner: Well, I think I know what film you mean [laughs]. But what were my choices on that film [WATERWORLD]? I thought I knew what the problems were, but should I have just walked off and blamed someone else? I had to stay and take it -- just ride that tsunami out -- and if that meant getting beaten up by people who didn't really know what they're talking about, then it seemed to me that that's what I had to do. I could have pointed fingers and passed the buck, but it just didn't seem right.

Stoner: You seem a lot more at peace now than you have for the past few years.

Costner: Boy, is that true! Well, I rode the tsunami, and it took its toll, but you really come to terms with yourself after an experience like that. I mean, what is that any of us want, really? Just to be judged by who and what we are -- as individuals, not as stereotypes or false images. I mean, you don't want to be treated as just another interviewer. You're "Pat"; you're yourself, a person who is unique to yourself. That's all any of us want -- me included. Just to be judged as an individual, not the image people make up in their minds but the real one -- the one who makes mistakes, and succeeds, and has fears and courage -- just me. I think I may be back to getting that now, but whether I do or I don't, I'll be OK.

 

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