Kevin Costner Reveals 13-Year-Old Son Hayes Will Appear in His Epic Western Horizon : 'He's Really Good'

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Kevin Costner's son is following in his father's footsteps.
The actor's son, Hayes, will star in Costner's upcoming four-part western epic Horizon, he tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week's issue.
"He's very good," says Costner, who directs the project. “Hayes plays the character of the same name, who I actually play in the film. He's 13 years old and the script has been around longer."
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While acting certainly runs in the family, the Oscar-winner is also father to son Cayden, 15, and daughter Grace, 12, with wife Christine Baumgartner (Costner is also father to daughters Annie and Lily, and sons Joe and Liam). Relationships) - jokes that casting his son also gave him an excuse to spend more time with him.
"I sort of did it on purpose so he could hang out with me," he says. "And the same goes for Cayden, the same for Grace. I'm like any other parent, I'm trying to figure out, like, 'This is really great. You should come with me.'"
Costner says the upcoming film (part one is complete and production will begin on the second in the spring) is one that's particularly important to the actor.
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“Horizon is incredibly important to me. It was really the hardest thing I've ever done, but it's exactly what I want to do," he says. "I wrapped that first one and it took everything I had, but I hold on to the rope and won't let go. In my career I've tried to make decisions that aren't based on what's popular. I made the films I wanted to make."
Costner, who won two Academy Awards for Dances With Wolves in 1990, the actor has long been drawn to stories about the Wild West.
"We often measure ourselves against other generations," he says. “I think about what was at stake. How did humans survive? There's something raw and unpredictable about it. That's haunting me."
Spring 2022--Yellowstone 150 Kevin Costner Caption: Kevin Costner on location filming new Yellowstone One Fifty documentaries for FOX Nation Photo Credit: FOX News Media
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In his latest project, Costner explores the history and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park in honor of its 150th anniversary in a new docuseries Yellowstone One-Fifty, now airing on Fox Nation.
The actor was keen to share Yellowstone's history after learning how the park was formed in 1872.
"We take a lot of things for granted, but because people have risked a lot, we all have a much richer life," he says. "My time helping to shed more light on the story is a small matter."
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