Kevin Costner reflects on mortality during the trip to Yellowstone

Yellowstone Star Kevin Costner visits Yellowstone National Park for a new documentary. (Photo: Fox Nation)

Kevin Costner reflected on his own mortality during a recent visit to Yellowstone.

Paramount Network’s star Yellowstone made the trip with the show’s eponymous national park in honor of its 150th anniversary. He camped, hiked and took it all in, capturing the experience for a four-part documentary on Fox Nation that looks back at its history and shows what it’s like today.

“Sometimes I think about the things I’ll miss the most in my life when I finally have to go,” the 67-year-old Oscar-winning director said in a clip while looking out at the snow-capped mountains in the first national park in the world. “And sometimes I won’t just think about my family, but it’ll be the books I never read. It’ll be the music I’ll never hear. And sometimes the stories I wish I’d known.”

That’s why he made the document, he explained. He remembered seeing pictures of Yellowstone when he was younger, with its strange geothermal features — including geysers, hot springs and mudflats — and incredible wildlife, and he knew it was special. But if he hadn’t explored his territory and learned the deep history of this series, including studying journals from 150 years ago, he would have missed out.

“Most of us walk through life … not really getting below the surface,” he said, “and the idea that I didn’t really know what it took for Yellowstone to be here — so we can all enjoy it from now on and forever – it was [a story] I realized I would miss it if I didn’t hear it.” So when he heard it, “I suddenly realized that this was a story I wanted to share. That’s what I do as a person. That’s actually what I do as a storyteller.”

Costner said he was happy to know that people “who didn’t have the power but had the will power…wouldn’t give up…the fight. So I’m forever grateful to be a part of their story. “

The actor, of course, stars in the success Yellowstone, the most-watched drama on cable television, which premiered its fifth season last week. He plays fictional Montana rancher John Dutton, who owns one of the largest cattle ranches in the country and struggles to protect the property from greedy tycoons. The neo-western drama didn’t delve into national politics until the final episodes, as the hardened patriarch became the new governor of Montana.

Costner himself has been vocal about politics in recent years, whether it was supporting Liz Cheney in her failed Wyoming Republican primary or endorsing President Biden after initially endorsing Pete Buttigieg. This week, he spoke about it, saying he doesn’t “really care” how the public feels about weighing in on politics and whether it results in people no longer liking him. “It doesn’t matter,” he said USA Today.

Although don’t expect him to run. “I don’t think there is a reason,” Costner said, “although I wish the people who ran had a bigger vision and more ethics in how they see the country going. I am disappointed”.

Earlier this year, when Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area were hit by devastating floods, the cast of Yellowstone made a video encouraging the return of tourism to the area.

Yellowstone: One-Fifty debuts Sunday, November 20 with all four episodes dropping simultaneously on the streaming platform. The first episode will air on Fox News Channel on Sunday, December 11.

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