By Kate Ward
Updated May 20, 2010 at 08:47 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Insidefoto/PR PhotosOftentimes when bad thing happen in this crazy, mixed-up world of ours, I find myself wishing that real-life versions of our favorite cinema heroes could actually exist. Because wouldn’t the world be a safer, better place if there really was a John McClane? Ellen Ripley? R2-D2?

Well, it seems like my wish might come (half) true. (No, no talking robots yet. Sigh.) Turns out this whole BP oil crisis off the Gulf of Mexico could be solved by…Kevin Costner. Yes, the actor who couldn’t manage to foresee the disaster that was The Postman actually foresaw this oil spill happening. Did I not mention this is a crazy, mixed-up world?! Apparently, BP plans to test oil-separation technology Costner invested in 15 years ago, after Exxon’s Valdez spill. And now, Costner’s centrifugal oil separators have been approved for testing on the Gulf oil spill. (Hopefully, the machines — which supposedly will extract the oil from the Gulf into a tanker and pump purified water into the ocean — will be more effective than simply scrambling letters.)

If this whole thing works out, maybe I will finally appease my father and set aside two-and-a-half hours of my life to watch Dances With Wolves with him…again. (Which means I would have spent seven-and-a-half hours of my life watching that movie.) Does Costner’s plan fascinate you, PopWatchers? And who would you like to see save the world?