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Titan Plays Superman’s Dad in ‘Man of Steel’

June 20, 2013

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"Man of Steel" opened June 14.

Cal State Fullerton alum Kevin Costner '78 (business administration-marketing) portrays "Pa" Kent in the newly released "Man of Steel."

The latest film about the life of the comic book legend set a record on its opening weekend by earning $117 million — a new high for a June film debut, according to Box Office. It also marked the second biggest opening of the year, right behind "Iron Man 3."

Costner, 57, is paired with Diane Lane, 48, in the Warner Bros. movie as the adoptive parents of the boy who can leap tall buildings in a single bound.

As Ethan Sacks in the New York Daily News writes: "Who better to deposit in the middle of a cornfield and deliver homespun pearls of Kansas wisdom than the guy who built it so they would come in 1989's "Field of Dreams"?"

After Costner was cast for the part, director Zack Snyder was quoted as saying: "Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time."

Costner won an Oscar for directing the 1990 hit "Dances With Wolves," which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. He has played leading roles in a string of blockbusters, including: "The Bodyguard," "Bull Durham," "JFK," "No Way Out," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "The Untouchables" and "Wyatt Earp."

Earlier this year, Costner won an Emmy for his portrayal of 'Devil' Anse Hatfield in "Hatfields & McCoys." The History Channel miniseries snagged 13.9 million viewers and earned the distinction as being the most-watched non-sports show ever on ad-supported cable TV.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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