Kevin Costner has never been accused of laziness. "I don’t give up. I’m a plotter, and I move," he says. "I just need time to figure out how to do things. And I'm willing to work with that." That tenacity has paid off, not least for his two Oscars. His schedule is characteristically chockablock: He recently wrapped the Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' and appeared as "Devil" Anse Hatfield on History’s mini-series 'Hatfields & McCoys.' All the while he tours with Modern West, the country-rock band he founded in 2007. Despite his hectic schedule, Costner took time to chat with us backstage at his New York City debut.
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Costner's 31-year career has long been associated with baseball (Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game), but his favorite spectator sport is football – association football, that is. "How it started was very innocent: I simply went to an Arsenal game," he says. He first caught the legendary North London-based soccer team in 1990 while filming Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Having experienced a match firsthand, Costner has an intimate understanding of the bitter rivalries existing between opposing English soccer teams and their fans. And as such he knows he better avoid Tottenham Hotspur fans in the street at all costs. "They hate my guts, I'm sure of it," he says. For soccer/football newbies, there's no better heartbreak team to latch onto than the dynamic Gunners, who despite many championships are often compared to the perennial underdog Red Sox. Catch them on your next U.K. visit – and for god's sakes remember to wear red.
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