More to life

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By ROGER MOORE

THESE past few years, it’s been pretty hard to get Kevin Cost­ner off his back porch. It’s in Aspen, Colorado, in the United States, so we kind of un­der­stand. He’s been rais­ing three chil­dren un­der the age of 10, with his sec­ond wife, Chris­tine.

“Half my life is driv­ing kids to prac­tice,” he jokes.

There were the busi­ness ven­tures – one of themOcean Ther­apy So­lu­tions, an oil spill clean­ing sys­tem – be­came fa­mous thanks to the BP oil spill. An­other, Ar­mS­tar, is a non-lethal weapon he’s sell­ing to the Pen­tagon that could al­low the mil­i­tary and po­lice to pacify vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tions with­out killing any­body.

“A lotta fas­ci­nat­ing (stuff) hap­pens on my back porch,” Cost­ner says with a laugh. “And I’ve never been a guy who makes movies back to back to back. I love movies, love act­ing, love di­rect­ing. Hell, I even love re­hears­ing. But I have a more full life than that.”

He still, at age 59, fits that de­scrip­tion film scholar David Thom­son gave him in 2002’s Bio­graph­i­cal Dic­tio­nary Of Film: “He is not like oth­ers – he has re­solved not to be.”

But 2012’s hit ca­ble TV minis­eries Hat­fields & McCoys re­minded us he’s out there. He gave heart to the spe­cial ef­fects-bur­dened Man Of Steel, and griz­zled grav­i­tas to Chris Pine and Jack Ryan: Shadow Re­cruit.

April has the sports movie vet­eran in an­other sports movie – Draft Day. There’s McFar­land and a film with his Upside Of Anger di­rec­tor, Mike Bin­der – Black And White.

“I fi­nanced it, and it deals with racism,” he says. “You don’t do it just for the money, be­cause God knows you don’t put your own money up for movies about racism.”

But first, there’s this gonzo ac­tion com­edy from the writer-pro­ducer of The Trans­porter movies, 3 Days To Kill. Cost­ner plays CIA con­tract killer Ethan Ren­ner, a “cleaner,” who learns he’s dy­ing of cancer. His new con­trol agent (Am­ber Heard) bribes him with a serum that might pro­long his life, pro­vid­ing he carry out one last se­ries of hits, in Paris, where his es­tranged wife (Con­nie Nielsen) and the teen daugh­ter he barely knows (Hailee Ste­in­feld) live.

“I like Ethan’s di­rect­ness – in his job, and how dis­com­bob­u­lat­edhe be­comes try­ing to deal with the women in his life,” Cost­ner

Pri­or­i­ties: We have not been see­ing much of Kevin Cost­ner lately, and that’s a con­scious choice on the ac­tor’s part. ‘I love movies, love act­ing, love di­rect­ing. But I have a

more full life than that,’ the 59-year-old

ac­tor said.

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