Costner, Paxton bring Hatfield-McCoy feud to small screen
History Channel comes out shooting
- Duration 5:33
- Date May 25, 2012
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We'll just unheard of the battle Royale between -- -- and the mccoys to families with a -- so intense it's gone down in countless American history books another epic is being brought back to life by two big name actors.
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We're joined now by the stars of -- fields in -- -- You miniseries on the History Channel Kevin Costner Bill Paxon pleasure I'm involved welcome it looks like a great show we talk about Hatfield and mccoys is.
At American folklore as you said people don't often realize -- that there's a lot of actual history to you know I mean and it's all history and it's all part of our American DNA.
Who we are as a people one and the -- that came from the civil war.
Did you guys work together before now so it -- who made a phone call put together this project billion -- apart they saw him say.
I said what we're gonna show on Kennedy said we're showing up in Romania.
It is I was in I was flattered that he was thinking -- me for the other world.
And did -- has done some great was I was a big fan open range.
Movie did a couple years ago.
He said I think we got a good document here we could really make great western us on this.
It's a Kevin why did you pick bill you were impressed by his big -- only.
You that would hit him on -- -- definitely got quite a stable list guy and he's really you know.
Yeah picked up.
And I want to hear it -- Pittsburgh yes yeah I want one.
But no I you know we needed a leading man you know we needed somebody in -- to hold the screen and and that's what's it was you know I was was really important and this has been to patriarchs and so.
You know bill and I have probably seen a lot of the same rules we've come up -- workers and first get a chance.
Playing a movie together I mean that's that's half the fun of it we -- to make movies are alive and -- people you know see the movies but that relationships -- come out of that.
Friendships you know that those -- those don't really make it that's what -- life has been about -- this has been really good.
A good moment for me to be it would -- bill.
Bill your great great grandfather was -- -- clear on Ancestry.Com -- early this morning digging around and within the confederacy so this it's a little bit home free to be a part of this project in that way it was yeah -- brought.
-- book that was given by my dad I think 1000 -- one -- some family member -- small -- of these with the letters that my great great grandfather wrote from the battlefield to his wife.
And that was what really informed my character of McCoy and it's I had -- Xerox and blown up and I've shared it with Kevin there was -- such great.
Material -- because you're hearing it from a subjective point of view.
I went to eastern Kentucky and West Virginia on my way to Romania to see the real sites -- this took place but.
You don't you know you hearing about it in an objective way but when do you read letters -- people talking about the profiteering going on at home in the war and it helped me kind of building.
Character did you realize that you read the last you know the last letter to because he died he -- was predicting his death.
-- predicting and there was coaching his wife how to.
Take care of their farm -- life if you buy leave you.
It was like here and then you know anyone who was killed in battle right -- and I really have a friendship and -- -- -- -- -- this story is all about nasty hatred between -- plan that is -- that is -- friends describe that featured.
They early -- you know a lot of times it's perpetuated by -- you know the younger members and our family because.
You know what happens is when you're looking at something you look at the social economic.
Things going on at the time and early on you needed your big family to take care of your farm.
And big family suddenly you know what it when they'll get -- and -- got 7080 people that can't be sustained.
And they should be moving to the cities to Memphis you know and what happened was they don't so you when you think about what is what brings on -- young people.
Who don't have jobs.
Who hanging out and bars with money.
And drawing up old scars that may -- we know about but they didn't know anything about it but -- next thing you know somebody gets killed.
And then somebody has to be revenge senators and that's very biblical.
In the sense of and I -- and and that's really what happened I think we were we have our own reasons for being uncomfortable with each other.
But I think we would have laid down but it was our it was our children and for those issues and certain cycle pass it.
Really don't listen America the American fabric is guns it's alcohol you know it's and and what -- -- -- -- if I and my strong enough to take what I want.
Think we should mention that the house doesn't play's premiere on Memorial Day at 9 PM on the History Channel and -- for three consecutive nights well can cost of the past and thanks so much for coming into the Kirby cal street to have gotten us this morning of those -- up -- big fans.
Tomorrow and maybe there's not sorry you guys really challenge.
Something else and had a choice either yeah you don't know this is a little right through up and and bring the band modern west by the concert yeah there is something -- -- -- like that we we -- -- great we went ahead and made newspaper that that's exactly edged out also pick up does sound check for Hatfield and -- as well.
And as for Kim and -- -- -- -- -- --