Hatfields & McCoys

Kevin_Costner_DF-SD-05-08959_cropWhere Kevin Costner is concerned it doesn’t take much to get me excited. I am completely and utterly biased about the man. He has Demigod status in this household. So, that said…if you don’t appreciate the genius that is Kevin…leave now and forever hold your piece.

Just recently Kevin won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in the mini-series Hatfields & McCoys. I recently had the pleasure of watching the series and was thrilled to see his work recognized.

The Hatfields & McCoys is the biggest feud involving two families in America which took place during the 1800s.

The mini series is the second most watched program in cable television history. In case you’re wondering…High School Musical 2 is number one.

While the feud took place along The Big Sandy River that divides Kentucky and West Virginia, and the Appalachian Mountains, the actual filming took place in Transylvania, Romania, just outside of Brasov with the Carpathians representing the Appalachians.

The cast and characters are as follows:

Kevin Costner as William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield
Bill Paxton as Randolph “Randall” McCoy
Tom Berenger as Jim Vance
Matt Barr as Johnson “Johnse” Hatfield
Jena Malone as Nancy McCoy
Damion O’Hare as Ellison Hatfield
Sam Reid as Tolbert McCoy
Powers Boothe as Judge Valentine “Wall” Hatfield
Andrew Howard as “Bad” Frank Phillips
Sarah Parish as Levicy Hatfield
Lindsay Pulsipher as Roseanna McCoy
Ronan Vibert as Perry Cline
Joe Absolom as Selkirk McCoy
Noel Fisher as Ellison “Cotton Top” Mounts
Boyd Holbrook as William “Cap” Hatfield
Tom McKay as Jim McCoy
Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy
Michael Jibson as Phamer McCoy
Greg Patmore as Good Lias Hatfield
Max Deacon as Calvin McCoy
John Bell as Audie
Nick Dunning as Preacher Dyke Garrett
Katie Griffiths as Alifair McCoy
Joy McBrinn as Aunt Betty Blankenship
There’s more but it is a big cast. So I am sharing the ones that made an impression on me in this series.

My favourite characters, other than Kevin of course, were Jena Malone [Lydia in Pride and Prejudice], and Noel Fisher. Both were riveting characters in the series. Nancy McCoy was a manipulative little bitch in the series and Jena did a wonderful job with the complexities of the character. She is certainly an actress with a lot of potential. And Noah as Cottontop was priceless to watch. Cottontop is the mentally disabled bastard son of Ellison Hatfield and Fisher’s portrayal was wonderful to watch.

Hatfield Clan

There has been some criticism of the series for taking poetic license with some of the facts. People please, this is a drama. It is not a documentary. If you would like to know more on the discrepancies Christopher John Farley’s article ‘How realistic is Hatfield’s and McCoys?‘ is quite interesting to read. For my part I took this series for what is was. A dramatisation of a piece of American history.

The locations are great, the cast does a wonderful job with their roles, the writing is tight and moves this along at a great pace. There is plenty of action, a lot of drama, love, hate, romance, humour and it’s just a great piece of television to spend a few hours on. In my opinion it deserved every one of its Emmy nominations and those it won could not have gone to a better series.

Images sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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Author: Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

32 thoughts on “Hatfields & McCoys”

  1. Having lived in Appalachia for almost 10 years, I was also interested to watch the series. That hasn’t happened (yet), but from the reports from friends in WV that have seen it, I think it’ll be enjoyable. Shame they couldn’t film it in the Appalachians, but I guess that’s common with filming these days.
    Kevin Costner — hmmmm — I guess I could put up with him in that role. 🙂

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    1. I saw an interview with Costner on why they had to go elsewhere…seems there are just too many signs of progress there these days. When you see him in this role…you won’t just put up with him…he owns it.

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  2. bye bye………….just kidding.

    Am more in-line with, the best of Kevin is yet to come. And that often comes with age, Henry Fonda for one example. So your probably in for more Kevin fixs down the road.

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    1. Didn’t it just !!! He was so good, and I loved Cottontop. Randolph McCoy was an arse though…seems he was a bit like that for real so I read. I am so glad Kevin Costner got the Emmy….he really deserved it.

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    1. Yes sir !!!
      Just watched Casablanca…no-one got naked in that sadly. It’s not MY fault they keep taking off their clothes…I just admire from a distance. 3 days and counting…

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  3. Kevin Costner is just one of those people critics love to pick on…like Ben Affleck, who is now making some terrific movies.
    Despite the “meanness” directed toward the man, I have always liked him. “Bull Durham” is one of my all time favorite movies. Have you seen “No Way Out” JO? Another great one.
    I am looking forward to seeing this series…my husband and I usually get dvds from the library…might be some time before they get it, but it will be on our list!

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    1. You’re right…that exactly what they are !!! Mean !!! I love Bull Durham. And No Way Out. I have nearly all of Kevin’s movies here on DVD. Have you seen The Upside of Anger…such a great part he plays in that.

      These I have…

      Hatfields & McCoys
      The New Daughter (2009) John James
      Swing Vote (2008) Bud Johnson
      Mr. Brooks (2007) Mr. Earl Brooks
      The Guardian (2006/I) Ben Randall
      Rumour Has It… (2005) Beau Burroughs
      The Upside of Anger (2005) Denny Davies
      Dragonfly (2002) Joe Darrow
      Thirteen Days (2000) Kenny O’Donnell
      For Love of the Game (1999) Billy Chapel
      Message in a Bottle (1999) Garret Blake
      The Postman (1997) The Postman
      Tin Cup (1996) Roy ‘Tin Cup’ McAvoy
      Waterworld (1995) Mariner
      Wyatt Earp (1994) Wyatt Earp
      A Perfect World (1993) Robert ‘Butch’ Haynes
      The Bodyguard (1992) Frank Farmer
      Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Robin Hood
      Dances with Wolves (1990) Lieutenant Dunbar
      Revenge (1990/I) Cochran
      Bull Durham (1988) Crash Davis
      No Way Out (1987) Lt. Cmdr. Tom Farrell
      The Untouchables (1987) Eliot Ness
      Shadows Run Black (1986) Jimmy Scott
      American Flyers (1985) Marcus Sommers
      Silverado (1985) Jake

      I’m working my way up to the full list.

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    1. He is in a class of his own. It just always saddens me that the Kevin knockers don’t give him any credit for the great roles he has played…they only focus on the one’s that haven’t been so great. When I think of ‘A Perfect World’ which he made with Clint Eastwood. It is such a terrific film. His character is so well played…he just really is a very talented man.

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