The 59-year-old actor plays a retired secret agent, Ethan Renner, who tries to get closer to his family and in particular his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), whom he has neglected after years of service.
Omnipresent on the big screen in 2014 after several years of secrecy, Kevin Costner enters the Luc Besson universe with “3 Days To Kill” as a former spy who accepts one last mission to save his life.
The French screenwriter, who produced the film with his EuropaCorp firm along with Relativity Media, hopes to replicate the successful model of the “Taken” saga, which renewed Liam Neeson’s career and grossed nearly $600 million over two films. A third is under development.
The direction of the film was entrusted to American McG, a regular in action movies who has made the film adaptations of television series such as “Charlie’s Angels” (2000 and 2003) and “Terminator Salvation” (2009).
Costner, who had recently stepped away from the cameras – ostensibly to take care of her young children – returned to screens this year. In addition to “3 Days to Kill”, which opens this Friday in the United States (no date yet in the Hispanic market), it also appears in “The Ryan Initiative” and will be on the “Draft Day” posters in a few months ” McFarland”.
“I would have preferred (the pacing of the premieres) not to be so dense, but I’m happy to have these movies,” the actor said during a news conference in Beverly Hills. “It’s a boost of energy, I’ve always liked to work.”
“But, for me, work is always a great effort, that’s how I feel,” he added.
In “3 Days To Kill”, entirely filmed in Paris, the 59-year-old actor plays a retired secret agent, Ethan Renner, who tries to get closer to his family and in particular to his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), whom he has neglected after years of service.
But knowing that he suffers from an incurable disease, the CIA will ask him to carry out one last mission in exchange for a miracle drug, at the risk of once again ruining the relationship with his daughter.
In a script embroidered on the classic plot of the retired professional who must go back to work, Luc Besson tries to provide a dose of originality and give pride of place to humor.
“We tried to give the film a touch of love without winking at the camera,” Costner said. “That’s very important. I think it’s a lot more fun when you don’t underline the jokes.”
The film also plays on the contrast between Ethan’s virtuosity in his work and his complete inability to handle a teenager. “In one part of his life he is very effective, and in the other he is not so great,” says the actor who won two Oscars (best picture and direction) for “Dances with Wolves” in 1991.
Remembered for his numerous roles in the 80s and 90s, such as “The Untouchables”, “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”, “JFK” or “The Bodyguard”, the actor considers that he has improved with each film.
“I never changed my way of approaching the craft. I always had the feeling that it was getting better every time. I think everyone can improve,” he said.
“But I learn slowly,” he added. “It takes me a while to digest the material before I can perform it. But when I go onstage, I have the whole movie in my mind.”
Though he’s returned to the screen, Costner hasn’t taken up directing a movie since “Open Range” in 2003. Is this a cause for regret?
“I don’t have the worries that (director) McG had every morning,” Costner joked. “On weekends, when everyone was planning which restaurant to go to for dinner in Paris, the director hated us because he had to think about the movie.”
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