From Robin Hood to JFK to The Bodyguard to The Untouchables, Oscar winner Kevin Costner has created heroic characters who spoke as much by their deeds as their words, but today on ABC’s “The View,” the star spoke from the heart about what many Americans are thinking right now.
On hand to promote his new Paramount Network TV series Yellowstone, in which he plays a modern-day mega-rancher facing the issues of family and business, Costner was asked to join with the show’s female panelist to discuss the hot topic of the day.
“This is a hard thing to say,” said Costner, his laconic voice tinged with sadness, “but I’m not recognizing America right now.”
“I don’t recognize its voice,” the movie star continued. “I don’t recognize any individual statements.”
“We’re in a really weird spot and it takes a high level of compassion, empathy, and intelligence to work our way out of this.”
Without naming Trump, Costner – the father of three children – spoke to the pain Americans share about his policies.
Early in his adult life, Costner was a Republican and a friend of President Ronald Reagan, with whom he used to play golf. By the 1990s he grew disillusioned with the Republicans and began supporting Democrats, especially President Barack Obama.
Until now he has not said much about President Trump.
“Separating people with no plan when those children can’t even speak English – can you imagine the terror, besides being separated,” said Costner.
The two-time Oscar winner finished with his trademark optimism, seeing a light in the dark clouds even when he knows a storm is coming.
“We have to do better,” said Costner. “We’ve been about more. We can be about more.”
“Right now,” concluded Costner, “we’re acting really small.”
It was a heartfelt and passion-filled statement that speaks to what a lot of people are feeling who are disappointed with what Trump is doing and where America is headed, but still hopeful for the future.