“His brother had been in Vietnam”: Kevin Costner and Keanu Reeves Had a Similar Reason to Turn Down 1 Oscar Winning War Movie Starring Johnny Depp

Oliver Stone, a renowned filmmaker, is not only known for his movies but also for his service in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Upon returning, he channeled his experiences into creating films that captured the brutal realities of war. Platoon, released in 1986, was a result of this effort. Interestingly, actors like Keanu Reeves and Kevin Costner were initially considered for roles in the film but ultimately declined. Stone revealed that the sensitive subject matter of the Vietnam War may have been too much for them to handle. Despite this, Platoon went on to achieve critical acclaim, box office success, and four Academy Awards.

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