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Polished Edge: Kevin Costner of ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ on History
Q: Are you still playing in a band?
A: We have had this band about five years. We like to play. I haven’t played since we started this. I’ve taken the guitar to set but haven’t played. I am the worst player in the band. The others play all day. I use the guitar to write with. Two of these guys were in the first band I was ever in.
Q: Did you grow up playing instruments?
A: I played classical piano when younger, and six years ago my wife said, “Why don’t you play? You are happiest onstage.”
Q: What music do you listen to?
A: Almost anybody. Music is so mood-oriented. Sometimes you just come bopping into some old Motown song. Music is all over the board for me. A lot of my formative years were in Ventura (Calif.). “Where Do We Go From Here?” In 1969, I was 13. I had a brother in Vietnam, and I was trying to kiss a girl. We had a walk on the moon and Dylan songs, and I watched a generation headed north to San Francisco, 30 to 40 kids hitchhiking up from Ventura.
Q: The trials your character, Devil Anse Hatfield, endures, do you think those are relatable?
A: It’s no different people fighting over a pig (as the Hatfields and McCoys did) or a view in Malibu. We’ve been in a lawsuit because I didn’t want a right of way (anything blocking his view). Life is all about whose pig it is.
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