'Hatfields & McCoys' keeps it green
History Channel dramatizes infamous feud.
Thu, May 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Photo: Kevin Lynch
This Memorial Day weekend, History Channel dramatizes the story behind the infamous feud between the Hatfield and McCoy clans with a three-night miniseries starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. "It's a timeless story because it deals with the sad subject of man's violent human nature. It's a Shakespearean tale set in late 1870s Appalachia and it points out the senselessness of the cycle of violence that vengeance and revenge accomplish nothing," says executive producer Leslie Greif, who raves about his stars. "Kevin Costner is my first choice for anything and everything. Costner is today's generation Gary Cooper. We were very lucky. And Bill Paxton, I can't picture anyone else in that role but him. He was at the top of our list and we were so lucky that he said yes."
Greif was concerned that the miniseries, shot in Romania, was as eco-conscious as possible. "Having won two Environmental Media Awards, it was important to me to keep a green set as much as we could. That included when building scenes, we would take materials, deconstruct the sets and then rebuild the set, repurposing the same materials. We also set our offices up for recycling and even went as far to go through all our leftover food, sort it, and give anything away that we could, we tried not to let anything go to waste."
"Hatfields & McCoys" premieres May 28 on History Channel.