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Nepo Baby Alert! Kevin Costner Defends Casting Son Over Another Actor!

Nepo Baby Alert! Kevin Costner Defends Casting Son In Horizon Over Another Actor!

Kevin Costner isn’t above getting his kids a Hollywood role… But he feels he’s got a good reason why.

The Wyatt Earp star is set to return to the 1800s later this summer with his new Western epic, Horizon: An American Saga, which he wrote, directed, stars in — and personally financed to the tune of $38 million. It’s part one of a three-part series, so it goes without saying Kev had a big world to build out. And he wanted his 15-year-old son Hayes to be a part of that world!

Kevin Coster & Son Hayes

During an interview with Today on Monday, the 69-year-old revealed he named his teen son after his own onscreen character in the film, so it was a perfect fit… Though he assures he isn’t typically one to shoehorn his kids into Hollywood:

“He’s a beautiful boy and he’s quiet. And I have not shoved my children into the business. I realize there’s so many young actors out there that would just kill to be in this movie, and I don’t want to take those parts away from them just because I can place my own children in. But in this sense since it was a smaller part, I selfishly wanted him with me for the week — two weeks he was with me.”

Well, it’s good that it sounds like he mostly maintains the mentality of keeping roles open for non-nepo baby actors… And his reason for putting the kid in the picture seems like a sweet one. But still, here we are with another nepo baby in a Hollywood flick. But at least not a starring role in this one? A single scene? Sounds almost like a cameo, something no one would fault him for.

Related: Willow Smith Says She’s Not A Nepo Baby For THESE Reasons!

The Yellowstone alum recalled of the experience working together and his son’s brief role:

“We would drive to the set every day and he would whisper. He didn’t have a lot of experience, but he’s really beautiful in the movie. It’s a really complicated scene and at the end, there’s a nobility, there’s an absolute fatalness about it. And it’s what you want in a son. It’s what you don’t want a son to do — at the end of the day, you are proud he would make that choice.”

Inneresting! Watch Kevin’s full interview (below):

What are YOUR thoughts here, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments and watch the trailer (below).

[Image via Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube]

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