Call it the softening of Kevin Costner. When asked about his new History miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, the actor steers the conversation to a discussion of the grueling 85-day shoot in Romania and how the protracted absence from home took its toll.
"I had already been on the road for a month with my [country rock] band in Europe," says Costner, 57, who has three children under the age of 5 with wife Christine Baumgartner, a former model. "Basically, I went right to Romania, started filming at the end of September and went into December and only had 10 days when I came home because I was just starving [for family love]. You get lonely. You get terribly lonely."
Costner, lonely? The actor-director, who broke out as the handsome star of 1987's The Untouchables and No Way Out, is regarded as many things -- but a softie, usually, is not one of them. Indeed, when this reporter skirts some highs and lows of his long career during our interview May 18, Costner levels his dark blue eyes with a hint of danger.