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'Draft Day' Returns Costner to Sports Film Genre

April 11, 2014

Class of '78 grad Kevin Costner is back on screen in suit-and-tie, this time as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns in his latest film, "Draft Day," which opened today (April 11) and co-stars Jennifer Garner.

Costner, who earned his bachelor's degree in business administration-marketing, talks about the film and football during a Q&A on NFL Fan Pass with fellow grad Adam Rank '95 (B.A. communications-journalism). Rank pronounced the Oscar winning-director and Emmy-winning actor "my wife's favorite Cal State Fullerton alumnus."

In his review of "Draft Day," the New York Times' A.O. Scott described Costner as "one of the great salesmen in American movies, a natural-born closer." He adds: "Something about him — the baby blues, the slightly weak chin, the aw-shucks manner, at once aggressive and self-effacing — makes him hard to resist, even when you know you’re being conned. That’s part of the appeal."

Costner scored legions of fans in the sports film blockbusters "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham," and followed with  "Tin Cup" and "For Love of the Game." The American Film Institute's list of the "100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time" includes "Field of Dreams," as well as "Dances With Wolves," which won Costner his Academy Award for directing and another as co-producer of the best picture of 1990.

The acting Titan has had a busy year so far with three film premieres, beginning with "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" in January, then in February, the action thriller "3 Days to Kill," in which he portrays a C.I.A. assassin.

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