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Comment: I have always heard that Kevin Costner plays the deceased friend
at the beginning of the movie The Big Chill. I heard that the director
originally included a shot of his face but then edited it out. Is that
true?

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Well, according to IMDB:
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Flashback scenes with Kevin Costner as Alex were filmed, but cut. He is still visible as the body being dressed at the beginning of the film.
As with anything on IMDB, I'd take it with a grain of salt.

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Costner was profiled on A&E Biography just this week. It touched on the early career disappointment of his part being cut from "The Big Chill". And Leonard Maltin's movie guide, if I remember the entry correctly, did say that Kevin played the corpse.
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Synchronicity plus -- I'm watching TVO's "Cinema 101" and this particlar show is called "The Chill Factor" focussing on The Big Chill. They just mentioned that Kevin Costner played the corpse in Big Chill.

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quote:
Originally posted by Christopher:
Kevin Costner played the corpse in Big Chill.

And has been typecast ever since...

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quote:
Originally posted by Christopher:
Kevin Costner played the corpse in Big Chill.
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And has been typecast ever since...


The guy talking about it in the show I saw said, "Yeah, Kevin Costner played the corpse. Originally you saw more of him, but they cut him out, which they probably should have done for more of his movies."

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If memory serves me, Costner's role in Silverado was a reward/apology from Kasdan for ending up on the cutting room floor in Big Chill.

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[lol] because I remember that it was Kasdan who was being interviewed and commented that more movies should have cut Costner's roles.

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I can't say I can take the opinion of the director of Dreamcatcher all that seriously if he's going to bash others. Personally, I've never seen any Costner movie (no, not Waterworld, The Postman, Dragonfly or anything) that was as bad as that. Also, I kinda find it funny that the only Kasdan movies I've liked happened to star Costner both times (but I've never seen The Accidental Tourist).
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quote:
Originally posted by idefydescription:
I can't say I can take the opinion of the director of Dreamcatcher all that seriously if he's going to bash others. Personally, I've never seen any Costner movie (no, not Waterworld, The Postman, Dragonfly or anything) that was as bad as that. Also, I kinda find it funny that the only Kasdan movies I've liked happened to star Costner both times (but I've never seen The Accidental Tourist).

It is kind of tacky of Kasdan, now that you mention it -- but remember, I'm only going by memory here, and several people were being interviewed. It could have been someone else.

As for the rest, I actually kinda liked The Postman, although I wished he'd stuck more to the actual character of the novel. And I understand that a lot had to be cut to make it fit a movie length, but some of the stuff they took out was pretty essential.

And I very much enjoyed Accidental Tourist -- not only in its own right, but as an example of how to turn a book into a movie. But a lot of people didn't like it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Christopher:
QUOTE]The guy talking about it in the show I saw said, "Yeah, Kevin Costner played the corpse. Originally you saw more of him, but they cut him out, which they probably should have done for more of his movies."

I think Costner is a great actor - until he opens his mouth. I have one word, Kevin. Just one word. Inflection.
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I believe that prior to The Big ChillCostner's small role in the Jessica Lange vehicle Frances also ended on the cutting room floor.


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As for the rest, I actually kinda liked The Postman, although I wished he'd stuck more to the actual character of the novel. And I understand that a lot had to be cut to make it fit a movie length, but some of the stuff they took out was pretty essential.

I liked the postman as well, and I would openly recommend "Open Range". Waterworld was a bit weird for me, but the only one of his that I'm not really big on is Dragonfly. That one drove me nuts to watch.
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