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‘Yellowstone’ TV: How Malcolm Beck Actor Neal McDonough Considers the Show Different from Traditional Westerns

by Jennifer Shea
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On “Yellowstone,” Neal McDonough played a particularly nasty villain, Malcolm Beck. Malcolm is one half of the Beck Brothers, who were responsible for kidnapping Tate Dutton (Brecken Merrill) and engineering a rather gruesome attack on Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly).

In 2019, McDonough joined other “Yellowstone” cast members for an interview with “Hey U Guys” about the show’s first season. During the interview, he fielded a question about how “Yellowstone” differs from traditional Westerns.

“Well, it’s modern-day,” McDonough said. “You know, it still has the same problems as the Westerns that we grew up with. This one happens to have a couple of extra really great things. It has Taylor Sheridan’s words, and it has Kevin Costner leading the march. So for me, to come in on Season 2 and to be part of a show like this, with, you know, actors of this caliber, with the words that Taylor gives to us, with the eye candy, the backdrop, of Yellowstone, and cowboy hats, and horses, and everything else, you know, it was really, it was a blast to be here for me.”

Watch McDonough’s comments (at 4:00) here:

McDonough Considers ‘Yellowstone’ ‘More of a Gangster Series’

The “Yellowstone” villain reportedly became friends with “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner on the 2006 movie “The Guardian.” Costner played a respected instructor at a Coast Guard training school. McDonough played Chief Aviation Survival Technician Jack Skinner, who bails Ashton Kutcher’s character out at one point.

As he understands Beck, McDonough said, the villain lives by a certain code. And he expects others to adhere to his code.

“If you break that code, then you’ll pay for that. If you don’t break that code, everyone gets along great,” McDonough told Good Housekeeping in 2019.

In fact, McDonough said the world of “Yellowstone,” with its warring cowboys and developers and Native Americans, is actually more akin to the world of violent Mafiosi. (And McDonough is not the only one to hint at a “Godfather” comparison.)

“I really consider ‘Yellowstone’ [to be] more of a gangster series,” McDonough told Good Housekeeping. “The only difference is that those typically take place in New York or Chicago, but this one takes place in the mountains with horses and cowboy hats.”

If “Yellowstone” is a series about Western-style gangsters, then the events of the Season 3 finale definitely call for a retaliatory hit. Would Michael Corleone have put up with a series of near-fatal attacks on his kin? Not likely.

And whether it comes courtesy of Rip (Cole Hauser) or Kayce (Luke Grimes), the upcoming Season 4 premiere, as the trailer promised, is sure to feature some serious revenge.