Taylor Sheridan’s gritty prequel to “Yellowstone” is highly anticipated. The drama will follow the original Duttons as they travel west, looking for a new life in “1883.” Tim McGraw and his wife Faith Hill take on the roles of James and Margaret Dutton. The star recently opened up about the writer’s vision and his tendency towards complete authenticity.
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, McGraw shares Sheridan’s vision for the show. This includes scenes that are completely authentic with the times.
“Taylor is a stickler for authenticity. Even to the way you ride – he would come up and say, “you know, a cowboy wouldn’t have his feet in that position or wouldn’t have his hands in that position.” He says, “I’m just trying to make you look good. Everybody rides a little differently, and it’s fine to ride a little differently but there are a few things you need to be authentic to and true to.” And he’s always good about that. And down to the set design and the costumes,” McGraw says.
“1883” Star Tim McGraw Says it Took Him Time to Learn Role
He also adds:
“When you walk on that set, for me, I like to get there early, get my costume on, and be on set an hour or so before we start shooting. And it’s usually still dark. Always still dark. But, walk around in that world and live in that world for a while and try to feel what James would have felt – try to feel what the immigrants and the pioneers would have felt – try to feel what Margaret [Dutton, played by Faith Hill] would have felt – try to get into the spirit of my daughter [Elsa, played by Isabel May] and what she would have felt. I really try and spend a lot of time doing that and try to get inside Taylor’s head a little bit [in terms of] what he felt when he was writing it.”
These habits and more helped McGraw portray James Dutton. Further, it helped him get inside the character’s head.
Further, because McGraw had to take time getting into the role, he also had to learn to see his on-screen wife Margaret Dutton as someone else than his actual wife, Faith Hill. The “1883” actor said he had a bit of adjustment learning to see Hill as someone other than the woman he raised his family with.
“It was interesting to do that scene together because we felt like we were giving up a little bit a part of our life. But once we realized that we were in character and sort of just fell into character and speaking our lines, it became pretty natural as Margaret and James.”
“1883” airs in just a few short days on December 19. The show can be viewed on Paramount Plus, the same streaming channel as “Yellowstone.”