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Kevin Costner Shows Political Colors, Makes “Yellowstone” Doc Deal with Ultra Conservative Fox Nation

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EXCLUSIVE Kevin Costner was always a rare right wing Republican in Hollywood. But when it didn’t serve his purposes, Costner backed off for a time, at least publicly.

Oddly, now Costner has revealed himself again. It seems like a funny moment, but money talks. Costner has made a deal with Fox Nation, Rupert Murdoch’s ultra right conservative streaming service, to make a documentary about the 150 years of Yellowstone National Park.

The four part doc, called “Yellowstone: One Fifty,”  will be produced by Costner’s company and narrated by him for Fox Nation.

Costner, of course, is having a career revival with the “Yellowstone” TV Series on the Paramount channel. So this seems a little odd. Why isn’t the doc for Paramount Plus or Paramount TV? And why did Costner decide to make a deal with Fox Nation? That is one scary outfit. They are just right of right and down the hall.

But Costner doesn’t do anything blindly, so he’s definitely making a point. And “Yellowstone” fans who didn’t get the message before should now.

The irony, of course, is that conservatives would drill and hunt in national parks if they had the chance. So I’m not even sure how the National Park Service agreed to have a documentary on Fox Nation. Costner’s partner on this, Marc Pierce, owns Warm Spring Productions, home to reality shows about hunting, roping, and shooting. Pierce is a robust Republican donor to many GOP candidates.

Kevin, we see you.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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