Eastwood said, "the audience was probably expecting two guys who'd be at each other, or two pals on a wild adventure. It wasn't that kind of film. The brooding movie, set in Texas in , deals with an escaped convict, played by Mr. Costner, who kidnaps a 7-year-old boy and holds him hostage as he flees. In the process the boy, who is fatherless, is both frightened of and awed by the kidnapper, developing a deep attachment to him.
And the Costner character is charming and gentle, treating him like a son. Eastwood plays a Texas Ranger who pursues Mr.
Costner's performance was "absolutely riveting" and called the film "the high point of Mr. Eastwood's directing career thus far. Warner Brothers executives and movie producers are convinced, first, that Mr.
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Costner is one of those quintessentially American movie stars like Gary Cooper whom audiences demand to see in heroic roles, like the ones he played in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Dances With Wolves. Costner so appealing in what was essentially a fantasy about a rugged bodyguard who protects a singing star from a villain. The trailers and ads for "A Perfect World" show Mr. Costner in dark glasses, holding a gun and smoking a cigarette, with the young boy beside him.
It's a tough pill to swallow, especially around Christmas. Moreover, studio executives said that audiences were plainly perplexed and disappointed that two popular action stars like Mr. Costner and Mr. Eastwood failed to meet in the film except in the final, tragic moments.
Perhaps people wanted lots of great scenes of Clint and Kevin drinking beers, looking at each other, giving each other a hard time. This movie isn't that. Kevin and Clint and Warner Brothers liked it for what it was. Some people just would not accept Kevin as an anti-hero. The really nice thing is his reviews have been outstanding.
View all New York Times newsletters. Another problem was that Warner Brothers, quite naturally, promoted the film as a macho Costner-Eastwood movie. In fact, the film is a tender story about a young boy and a grown man. The movie looks tougher than it is. As a result, executives say, the so-called male action crowd leaves the theater disappointed.
And women fail to show up because many female moviegoers don't want to see what they expect will be a violent film. Some executives here think that the film probably appeals more to a European sensibility. In addition, they say, because Europeans generally learn about films from newspaper ads and billboards, it is sometimes easier to market a film like "A Perfect World" as more of an action film than it really is.
Americans, on the other hand, tend to gain a pretty clear idea of what a film is about by watching television ads and trailers in theaters. Mark Johnson, who produced the film with David Valdes, said simply: "I'm very proud of this movie. It got some spectacular reviews. I'm certainly disappointed by the domestic box office. The reason this movie didn't do better domestically is, quite frankly, the ticket-buying audience somehow rejected the idea of these two terrific actors in this kind of movie.
This was echoed by Robert G. Friedman, president of Warner Brothers worldwide advertising and publicity. Privately, several executives not with Warner Brothers said that the movie's box-office performance might have been damaged by the inability of the two stars to promote it. In recent years, studios have found that extensive promotion of films by stars can sometimes overcome audience resistance or uncertainty.
Studio executives said that Mr. Eastwood was compelled to work almost nonstop for several months editing and shaping "A Perfect World" to meet the studio deadline. The film was completed by Mr. Eastwood on Nov.
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