and acquaintances of Matt Robinson, 26, of Buffalo Grove, IL, expressed
confusion and bewilderment over his sudden and vehement defense of Kevin Costner
as an actor and director while at a local billiard hall over the weekend.
stance perplexed both those who know Robinson, as well as those who don't,
and generated more questions than it answered.
JFK was a great movie, but even Costner's movies that were once heralded as
successes have later been proven to be bullshit, just like the music of Loverboy
or Right Said Fred," said roommate Josh Evans. "It's one thing to
get a good laugh by watching Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or The Postman
while taking hits of nitrous [oxide], but Matt actually seems to think that
there's something redeeming about [Costner's] portrayal of Robin Hood as displaced
royalty from upstate New York, and that's disconcerting."
that his friend's defense of Bull Durham could hold water, but that his contention
that Costner "saved" The Untouchables is downright irresponsible
and the implications alarming.
that Robinson's questionable position on Kevin Costner's twenty-odd year career
was revealed to the public at Rack 'em Up Billiards on Saturday night. Neither
the evening nor the group's respect for Robinson's opinion recovered.
even a sense of irony, he almost choked up when he expounded upon the 'you
wanna have a catch' line in Field of Dreams, saying it still gives him a lump
in his throat, even though he doesn't like baseball, and that no one but Kevin
Costner could have delivered the line with such convincing plasticity as that
of a regretful son coming to grips with his mortality," said friend Connor
Griffith. "This begs a lot of questions, and I don't know who to go to
for answers. If he were a die-hard fan of the Indigo Girls, that's a no-brainer
case of closet homosexuality, or if this were into some Rockabilly music phase,
at least we could peg him somewhere in between 'aging hipster' and ‘perpetual
adolescent'. This Kevin Costner thing, though? Beats me."
that he consulted others that witnessed the stark admission that night, and
none of them have come to an apodictic conclusion about the implications of
Robinson's affection for the Costner catalogue.
conceded that The Postman was a pathetic failure suggests, experts say, that
he is not too far-gone and that hope for a full recovery remains. However,
by stating that, "Even geniuses make mistakes like Brando's Mutiny on
the Bounty or that Paul McCartney-Micael Jackson duo," as Robinson was
quoted, friends and family remain concerned and mystified.
most alarmed friends and lookers-on included, "That the scene in Dances
With Wolves where he teaches the Indians how to say 'buffalo' is so much more
emotional than anything in [Martin Scorsese's] Goodfellas and deserved to
win Best Picture," or, "A Perfect World is a really unappreciated
classic, and will be up there with Huckleberry Finn, Porky's and other coming-of-age
don't know where to file this guy," said sociology professor Paul Gremley
at DePaul University. "There isn't any kitsch value to Costner's movies
yet, it isn't a retro thing, it's definitely not cutting edge, and it's in
no way homage to the New Old Hollywood, like a zeal for the movies of Al Pacino
or Dustin Hoffman carries. If he were twenty years older and female this would
make sense, but as it stands it is just plain pathetic."
the possibility that maybe Robinson is on to something that everyone else
is missing right now, but he doubts it.
normal Robinson has never been known, acquaintances say, to go so brazenly
against convention, nor to be so blatantly wrong. Exceptions to a clean record
of sublimity and good taste include purchasing a CD by pop-grunge band "Ugly
Kid Joe" in 1994, and being seen wearing polished wing-tip shoes and
a Hawaiian shirt at a bar during the swing revival of the late 90's.
Still, his passionate
defense of the actor's shaky career has left friends wondering, and has not
helped Robinson make any new friends.
got visibly upset when I mentioned the fact that him [Costner] playing the
corpse that gets dressed up in a nice suit during the credits to The Big Chill
is the perfect allegory for his entire career," said Irene Wellinger,
girlfriend of friend Josh Evans who had just met Robinson that night.
he didn't try and defend most of Costner's later years," continued Wellinger,
who did compliment Robinson on his dislike of Message in a Bottle. "However,
calling Open Range a return to form, and a revival of the Western genre, is
a little strange. Is he retarded or something?"
Borchert is an editor at enduringvision.com.