‘Yellowstone’: Finn Little Calls Working With Forrie J. Smith on the Ranch ‘Really Cool’

by Chris Haney
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In Yellowstone‘s most recent “Behind The Story,” young actor Finn Little opened up about working on the ranch with star Forrie J. Smith.

If there’s anyone to take you under their wing on the set of the show or off of it, Smith would be your man. The Lloyd actor is as real as they get since his character isn’t just for the television screen. Smith is a real cowboy who’s lived that lifestyle his entire life. The 62-year-old grew up ranching and on the rodeo circuit in Montana. He’s one of the many factors that bring authenticity to each episode of Yellowstone.

As Season 4 has progressed, Lloyd has found himself as a bit of an outcast in the bunkhouse. Little’s character Carter, or “The Boy” as he’s unaffectionately called, has also found himself having to earn his spot on the ranch. The veteran ranch hand and the young boy find common ground in their situations, and Lloyd takes to showing Carter the ropes of the profession. During Season 4, Episode 6‘s behind-the-scenes clip, Little and Smith talk about their characters and working together on set.

“It was really cool working with Forrie, because he had experience on the ranch,” Little said of his scenes with Smith.

“He brings Lloyd some joy,” Smith said of the boy. “He’s not quite the crushed soul that Jimmy was when he came. He’s more of an innocent open slate.”

‘Yellowstone’ Creator Taylor Sheridan Explains How He Keeps the Show Authentic

There’s plenty of Hollywood drama on Yellowstone. That’s something that was on full display on Sunday when Lloyd and Walker’s feud almost turned deadly. However, past the inflated drama that makes for great TV, the show’s co-creator Taylor Sheridan strives for authenticity in the series. In fact, that’s why multiple actors on the show originally come from genuine western backgrounds.

As mentioned before, Forrie J. Smith is a real cowboy who grew up around the Montana rodeo circuit. In addition, Chief Rainwater’s right-hand man, Mo Brings Plenty, is part of the Lakota Nation and grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Numerous other characters who have bit roles are also played by actual cowboys and horse wranglers.

Further, Sheridan himself spent his early days on a ranch in Cranfills Gap, Texas. He grew up in a similar lifestyle to that of the Dutton family in the Paramount series. The screenwriter, director, actor, and creator of Yellowstone recently touched on the importance of the show’s authenticity.

“I strive for authenticity. I strive to show people the world I grew up in,” Sheridan explained in a clip on Twitter. “The jobs in the American west haven’t changed much in the past century. You still do the job the same way. In order to get food on the table it involves a horse, it involves a rider, and it involves your hands.”

“I just take my actors and put ’em to work,” he added. “So when they perform their character, they’re just doing another form of the job. Anyone who ranches for a living, anyone who cowboys for a living, when they see my work I want them to say, ‘That’s how you do it.'”

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