Kevin Costner Linked ‘Field of Dreams’ to ‘Draft Day’ 5 Years Before This Week Did
This week marks the 30th anniversary of “Field of Dreams” opening in theaters.
Today is also NFL draft day.
Besides both being in the sports realm, the two occurrences share a human common denominator in Kevin Costner, who toplined the former in 1989, and a film about the latter in 2014, aptly titled “Draft Day.” Who knew that his comment about both films during the “Draft Day” junket would coincide perfectly with their serendipitous swirl five years later?
Costner starred in “Draft Day” as the agitated fictional general manager of the Cleveland Browns, in turmoil over who to draft with his team’s number one overall pick. At the junket, Costner was asked if he shared his character’s instincts, particularly in the choosing of his films.
Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer in “Black or White”
The actor had just wrapped production on his next film, “Black or White,” and credited his intuition with his willingness to tackle that film’s racial complexities against the advice of advisors who felt he should choose less controversial fare.
He also name-dropped “Field of Dreams,” a film that was just as much not about baseball as “Draft Day” was not about football.
So, in honor of “Field of Dreams” turning 30, and the 32 NFL general managers likely pulling their hair out right now like Costner’s Sonny Weaver Jr., here’s his 2014 “Draft Day” junket comment that conveniently pulls both films into one answer.