We may not know what John Dutton pays Rip Wheeler as the leader of the Bunkhouse Boys and the go-to strong arm for the family. However, we do know what Cole Hauser and the other “Yellowstone” actors made per episode of season four.
In a recent report by Cinema Blend, the entire “Yellowstone” production was examined when it comes to finances. Paramount was clearly keen on dishing out the big bucks to film the gorgeous scenes throughout Utah and Montana, and the network was also more than happy to shell out some serious dough for the lead actors.
Now, notably, Kevin Costner makes a great deal more than Cole Hauser or Kelly Reilly. But he is the headlining star of “Yellowstone,” so that makes sense. According to the report, Hauser makes about $200,000 per episode. As to where Costner reportedly makes around $500,000 per episode.
Hauser plays an equal part in the drama series alongside Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes and Costner. As a mainstay – and everybody’s favorite dark Cowboy – Hauser’s presence is definitely key to the story presented by Taylor Sheridan.
And it seems that Hauser as Rip Wheeler is only becoming more deeply rooted into the Dutton family. In the latest season, he marries his longtime love, Beth Dutton. And it went down in the most Beth and Rip way we could’ve imagined.
‘Yellowstone’s Cole Hauser and Kelly Reilly on Wedding Episode
On speaking about their relationship and nuptials, both Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser shared their thoughts of the characters.
“Even as an actor we’re sitting there and we’re trying to put all the things together and connect all the dots and you’re like, ‘This is f**king crazy,’ you know what I mean?” Hauser said of the wedding scene. “[But] it all comes together and there’s actually this beautiful moment there. I thought it was pretty touching in the end.”
In an unusual and spontaneous wedding, Beth kidnaps a priest and brings him to the Dutton ranch where she informs Rip they’re getting married. It’s a very Beth moment – and while the scene plays out somewhat comedically, it’s still a sweet moment for the two characters.
“I mean the way it went down was pretty wild,” Hauser told ET. “Her storming in and her gold dress, her dad [Kevin Costner as John Dutton] and I looking at her and going, ‘What in the hell is she up to now?’ Then she has a priest that she’s kidnapped. It’s pretty wild!”
Kelly Reilly also had comments about the wedding ceremony. “I love their wedding, and it’s just so typical Beth,” Reilly reflected. “She’s just not interested in having a wedding party or a wedding dress or any of that. All she cares about is being his wife and she knows that… I kind of find her slightly heroic in a really messed up way.”