‘1883’ Star Tim McGraw Said the Biggest Challenge of Playing James Dutton Was ‘Not Crying’

by Courtney Blackann
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Crying is definitely not a part of the Dutton family. Okay, so maybe Beth occasionally has her moments – but that’s pure frustration because no one seems to listen to her the first time. However, “1883” actor Tim McGraw said this was his biggest challenge while filming the “Yellowstone” spinoff. He had a hard time not crying while filming scenes as James Dutton.

In a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter, the singer and actor shared that his biggest challenge becoming James Dutton was not crying during certain scenes. We can’t really blame him, because there’s a lot to unpack there, we’re sure.

“The biggest challenge of playing James was honestly not crying. Because there are so many moments as a human and as a parent and as a real person that it was hard for me to hold back tears. And James just doesn’t do that,” McGraw says.

And of course, the Duttons don’t do that – they have too much to deal with without letting emotions get the best of them. But they are also complex, which is something McGraw also understands.

Filming the show has been an intense process – and one that both McGraw and Hill took on full steam ahead. While the country icons are still busy making music, they are fully in tune with the Taylor Sheridan epic. McGraw and Hill also share their viewpoints about shows often – so much that it was often a topic of discussion before bed.

“1883” Stars Caught up in Intensity of Show

In one recollection, McGraw recalls that a scene was so intense, the couple continued talking about it well into their typical bedtime.

“We were in bed last night and talked for two hours because we got so caught up in the moment that we almost couldn’t even remember it,” Tim McGraw said in a recent interview with Parade. “I told her, ‘This is incredible. How many married couples ever get a chance to do what we’re doing right now?”

The two also recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. While Faith Hill was uncertain filming love scenes onscreen, she assured fans that their off-screen marriage was intact as ever – since the very first time McGraw brought her dumplings.

“He knocked on my door, and he had a bowl of homemade chicken dumplings,” Hill said of her future husband in a 2016 interview with Bobby Bones. “He said, ‘I made these myself. They’re homemade from scratch.’ He had the bowl covered in aluminum foil, and he had a spoon and a fork on top of the bowl. He said, ‘I didn’t know if you liked to eat your dumplings with a spoon or a fork.’”

You can see McGraw and Hill in “1883” which will air beginning December 19 on Paramount Plus. There are only a few short days until then – and we can’t wait!