Though still considered it be one of the biggest bombs ever made, Kevin Costner’s big budget post-apocalyptic sea-faring adventure “Waterworld” has aged better than some other notorious flops.
Twenty years on from release, the film’s star and director Kevin Costner spoke with Hollywood Elsewhere about the bad reaction the film received all those years ago and how sentiments towards the film have since changed:
“I’m not sure you know how beloved the movie is around the world. Being hard [on a film] is really easy if you don’t know the underbelly of what [went into it]. When you do know the forensics of a movie – the participation and decisions of others that one has to stand in front of – you can’t help but see it differently.
I know that people might think of Waterworld as a low point for me. It wasn’t. It could have had a better, more obvious outcome. The thing I know is that I never had to stand taller for a movie when most were going the other way. The movie with all its imperfections was a joy for me… a joy to look back upon and to have participated in.”
Costing a costly $175 million at the time, the movie made just $88 million domestically but earned a further $175 million overseas.