Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Dances With Wolves

Costner Performed Most Of His Own Stunts

Producer Jim Wilson estimates that the actor-director performed around 95% of all the riding, shooting, fighting, and dancing that his character did. While this is impressive, it made the rest of the production team nervous considering he was both the star and director of the film.

Costner riding with his arms out
Orion Pictures
Orion Pictures

At one point, while filming the buffalo hunt scene, he was thrown from his horse, which struck fear into the heart of everyone on set. Thankfully, Costner was unharmed and continued with the scene.