'Hatfields & McCoys' miniseries: Kevin Costner talks going to TV
One of America's greatest feuds is told in the new miniseries for The History Channel called "Hatfields & McCoys." The series, which premieres on The History Channel on May 28, stars Kevin Costner and the actor recently explained why he took on a role in the miniseries.
"I didn't try to over think it. It was the piece that spoke to me loudest of the things I was reading and so you'd have to respond that way," the 57-year-old actor told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent interview at the premiere in Los Angeles.
In the series, Costner plays Anse "Devil" Hatfield, whose West Virginia family is involved in a feud with the McCoys of Kentucky. Bill Paxton plays his adversary Randall McCoy. Hatfield and McCoy actually fought alongside each other during the Civil War in the Confederate army. Hatfield abandoned the fight and eventually went on to succeed in business. The feud began when McCoy's brother Asa -- who fought in the Union army -- was killed by Hatfield's uncle Jim Vance.
"It was a long time coming," Costner said about bringing the feud to television. "When I said yes, I meant it and everybody realized I was serious and then everybody started signing up, so maybe I take -- I don't know what credit I can take, I don't really need any credit. You know, the film speaks for itself, I really enjoy the actors."
About his co-stars, Costner said, "If you believe in something you want everyone that comes on board to feel that and if they didn't feel that, they needed to go somewhere else, and nobody was going anywhere. We were in tough conditions and everybody held together. "
Costner is sort of an American history buff and some of his most high-profile roles reflect that like "Wyatt Earp," "JFK," "The Untouchables" and "Dances With Wolves."
Bill Paxton, who is likely best known for his role on "Big Love," said he knew when Costner signed on that the miniseries was going to be quality entertainment.
"When I was approached to do this last year, History came to me and told me what they were going to do and I thought well this is going to be a landmark production," he told OnTheredCarpet.com. "With Kevin Costner on board I knew that it was going to be quality."
"I think they've upped the ante here and I hope this bodes well for other productions like this. 'Cause there's a lot of good actors ready to tell some great stories," he added. "I'm hoping it does very well and from what I've seen it's going to do very well."
"Hatfields & McCoys" airs on The History Channel on May 28 at 9 p.m. Check out a preview below.