Kevin Costner Planning Real Life Political Run?

Kevin Costner has shut down the idea that he would seek a political office like his character in Yellowstone.

By Jonathan Klotz | Published

Kevin Costner’s portrayal of John Dutton as the new Governor of Montana on the hit television series Yellowstone has fans wondering if the actor is planning a political run in the future. A recent interview the actor gave to USA Today answers that question while also giving more insights into how the actor views his character of Yellowstone Ranch patriarch John Dutton. According to Costner, “No, I don’t think there’s any reason for me to run… though I wish the people that did run had a bigger vision and more of a morality about how they see the country evolving.”

Kevin Costner has been becoming more politically active in recent years away from the character he brings to life for Paramount. The actor vocally supported Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Representative that voted to impeach President Donald Trump, and supported Pete Buttigieg for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination. When asked about losing fan support due to his political stance, the Oscar-winning actor said that “I didn’t really care how the cookie crumbles, that people that liked me now don’t like me.”


While there are likely plenty of people wanting to see Kevin Costner take some sort of political office based on his character in Yellowstone, it would be safer for them to realize that is only a character that he is portraying. Though the actor has been more politically driven in recent years, it does not mean he plans to take his drive and apply it to some kind of political campaign. However, with Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jesse Ventura entering politics, anything can happen.

The recent Season 5 premiere of Yellowstone saw John Dutton getting sworn into his new political office and forced to spend time away from the Yellowstone ranch. Kevin Costner thinks that the transition will be hard for John as the character’s heart is at the ranch. Finding a middle ground with people may be problematic, as the actor goes on to explain that his character “has a lane that he operates in that is not as expansive as some would want it to be.”

Previews for the latest season of Yellowstone give hints as to the personal tragedies that the 6th-generation Dutton patriarch will have to handle while holding office. Holding the top political office in Montana won’t change John Dutton according to Kevin Costner, with the actor comparing the change to “being in school versus being in recess. Where would you rather be?”

With no political run in the actor’s future, then what is next for Kevin Costner? With no confirmation as to his involvement in the 6th season of Yellowstone, the actor instead is publicly commenting on a passion project he is working on with his wife, Christine Baumgartner. Producing, starring, directing, and writing Horizon, a sprawling epic Western with 170 speaking parts. The plan is to release a series of four movies, with the first arriving next year.

With over 12 million viewers catching the Season 5 premiere of Yellowstone, Kevin Costner is not the only one watching constantly. The #1 show on television managed to grow its audience from the Season 4 premiere by over a million new viewers, which is an impressive feat for an established show. Fans of the ever-growing Dutton family, with multiple Yellowstone prequels on the way, will keep tuning in to see how Kevin Costner portrays a politician instead of watching the actor himself make a run for office.