I wonder why big name actors get involved in post-apocalyptic movie settings. Look at the three movies Kevin Costner made in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
- Waterworld 1995. Set in the future, after the polar ice caps melted and the world was engulfed in oceans. A silly premise for a movie. It could have been called Waterworld, the Search for Dirt. It is filled with characters named, Nord, Bone, Djeng, and Depth Gauge.
Quite a few bit actors, though. Michael Jeter was in 71 acting roles, including some good ones. Patch Adams (1998), The Green Mile (1999) and Jurassic Park III (2001). He is small of stature, and his roles tend to be a little off-base for some reason, playing the technical expert on either the good or the bad side of the story.
Jeanne Tripplehorn has a strange name, but she is a good actress. She was in The Firm (1993) with Tom Cruise, a decent thriller. She's been in 31 roles in the last ten years, and is a regular on "Big Love" on TV with Bill Paxton. I think we will see her quite a bit in the future.
- Tin Cup 1996 was a sports movie about a down-on-his-luck golfer. This puts Costner at his best, in a sports movie, with Rene Russo and a great cast of misfit golf groupies. Supporting roles include Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. Marin actually plays a guy trying to bring Costner's character back down to reality!
In the smaller roles, but larger than extras, we find Dennis Burkley (128 career roles), Rex Linn (72 roles), Mickey Jones (121 roles), and Michael Milhoan (77 roles). This was a good movie.
- The Postman 1997 was set in the future, after the war, and Costner found a postman's uniform to wear. He brings the world together by starting mail delivery, against all odds.
It was another silly movie. As I look through the cast and the movies they have made, I find that they tend to make movies that I have no desire to see. I watched Waterworld and The Postman once, simply because Costner was in them. Disappointed both times.
Dear Mr. Costner, If you are reading my blog, stick to sports movies, or at least to parts where you can play an average, likable guy. Oh, and please, if you do another part as a Briton (Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves) at least TRY to use an accent.