WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN: 'Yellowstone' cast and execs fed-up with Kevin Costner's huge ego
DUNBAR, COLORADO: Kevin Costner's ego has reportedly angered the 'Yellowstone' cast and crew members. Dispute over the filming of the actor's remaining episodes has escalated Kevin Costner's conflict with Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan and the rest of the cast. Costner and the show's producers have been at differences over the last episodes of season 5, which he hasn't completed yet.
An insider told RadarOnline that this will be Kevin's last season of 'Yellowstone' as the tension escalated behind the scenes among cast members. According to Puck, several members of the cast, crew, and executives of Costner's 'Yellowstone' have reportedly been angered by his ego and his lack of availability for a few years now. After Costner insisted that a clause in his contract be upheld, another incident occurred, forcing the cast and crew to disperse and then reassemble months later at a cost to the production.
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'Yellowstone' Season 5 delayed
According to the source, Costner, who gets paid $1.2 million each Season 5 episode, negotiated limited filming windows for the current season, which would be divided into two parts (5A and 5B). Nevertheless, issues quickly developed once Costner got Covid during a promotional trip to the Calgary Stampede rodeo, and the actor refused to extend his filming days to account for the Covid delay. "Costner declared his window elapsed and took off, forcing everyone to reassemble months later to shoot his scenes—at enormous cost to the production and great annoyance to key co-stars," the report read.
Production on 'Yellowstone' Season 5B was delayed until 2023 because Costner refused to extend his filming schedule. Nonetheless, when Costner's attorney, Howard Kaplan, provided "only a week of dates in the summer for the necessary shooting on 5B, followed by two days of pick-ups in October or November." However, Costner's litigator, Marty Singer, has debunked the claims, stating, "The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of Season 5 of Yellowstone is an absolute lie. It’s ridiculous—and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second. As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he is incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone way above and beyond to ensure its success."
'Stay in your lane, country boy'
The source cited an incident from a few months back in which Glenn Kleczkowski, Costner's longtime assistant, openly disparaged Sheridan's television series 'Tulsa King' with Sylvester Stallone. He said, “Stick to westerns, bro. You don’t know S--- about THIS life. Stay in your lane, country boy. I’m actually embarrassed for you as a writer and creator.”e aide, openly disparaged Sheridan's program Tulsa King starring Sylvester Stallone. Sheridan was made aware of the post before it was removed. According to sources, the post made the problems behind the scenes even worse. In the first couple of seasons, sources told Puck, Sheridan tried to take advice from Costner, who has a reputation for being outspoken on set, but it didn't "go over well."