Kevin Costner has spoken out in defense of “Waterworld” after a film critic reached out to apologize for trashing the movie upon its 1995 release.
“I know that people might think of ‘Waterworld’ as a low point for me. It wasn’t. It could have had a better, more obvious outcome,” Costner told Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere. “The thing I know is that I never had to stand taller for a movie when most were going the other way. The movie with all its imperfections was a joy for me… a joy to look back upon and to have participated in.”
Costner went on to say that it is easy to criticize a film if you don’t know how hard people worked on it. “I’m not sure you know how hard people work [on films]. I’m not sure you know how beloved the movie is around the world,” Costner said.
“Being hard [on a film] is really easy if you don’t know the underbelly of what [went into it]. When you do know the forensics of a movie — the participation and decisions of others that one has to stand in front of — you can’t help but see it differently,” he continued.
Costner concluded by reminding Wells that “Waterworld” was made with minimal CGI, a rarity for such a film in this day and age. “I hope you have a chance to watch ‘Waterworld’ again on a very minimal green screen,” he said. “That was me flying around the boat, up and down on the mast and in the water. Not overly dramatic but just the way it was. Again good luck to you. ‘Nothing’s free in Waterworld.'”
At the time of it’s release, “Waterworld” was the highest-budgeted film of all time at $175 million. The film went on to gross a disappointing $88 million at the domestic box office after being beaten up critics. However, the film made more than $175 million internationally, bringing its worldwide box office total to $264 million.