Recently, actor David Cleveland Brown spoke about his experiences on the hit show “Yellowstone,” and touched on working with legendary actor Kevin Costner.
The show’s fourth season is currently under production, but Brown’s time on “Yellowstone” came to an end in season two. The actor played Jason, Beth Dutton’s assistant – played by Kelly Reilly – in the first two seasons.
During a recent Q&A session on Reddit, Brown said his two-season run on “Yellowstone” is still a highlight of his acting career. Additionally, he talked about his time with the cast and crew of the show.
To the surprise of many fans, Brown shared that director Taylor Sheridan frequently allowed the actors to go off-script. In fact, the cast often improvised sections of the show’s dialogue. Brown shared further insight into one particular improvised scene with Costner while answering questions on Reddit.
Costner Rejected Brown On-Screen, But Not Off-Screen
The actor spoke about his character’s initial introduction to Costner’s main character, John Dutton, in the show. He made a slight change to the scene, which made the final cut.
“One scene I had with Costner, I reach out my hand to shake his, which wasn’t in the script,” Brown said of the improvised moment. “I thought it would be fun since I know his next line was basically rejecting me. My little addition made it in.”
Brown made a risky move to improvise during the vital scene with the veteran Costner. However, Jason and John Dutton’s awkward introduction embodied the stark contrasts between the two characters well.
In addition, Brown said Costner’s aloof reaction to their introduction on “Yellowstone” stopped there. He said Costner and the rest of the cast couldn’t have been any more down to earth.
“I have nothing but great things to say about the other actors. They were really all lovely and down to earth,” Brown said of the “Yellowstone” cast. “I mentioned to Taylor Sheridan how amazed I was that the cast had so many people who didn’t have an arrogant air about them. He told me that those people don’t last very long in this business anymore.”