‘Yellowstone’ TV: Rip Wheeler Actor Cole Hauser Explained Why He Became ‘Close Friends’ with Showrunner Taylor Sheridan

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser has a lot in common with series co-creator Taylor Sheridan. Besides “Yellowstone” itself, they share a work ethic and a play style that are very consonant.

In a conversation on the Ryen Russillo podcast this past December, Hauser got into some behind-the-scenes stories about “Yellowstone,” including how and why he became close friends with Sheridan.

“He and I have become really close friends,” Hauser said. “He’s a really intense guy, he’s very focused, he’s not unlike me. I think we kinda complement each other because we both give a sh-t.”

“You know, we both care greatly about what we put out into the marketplace,” he added. “But also to make sure we’re portraying, especially my character, you know, as realistic as possible.”

“He’s one of those guys who works his ass off ’til it’s over, and when it’s over, he likes to have a nice drink and enjoy himself,” Hauser summed up.

Season 4: The Wrath of Rip?

When “Yellowstone” last left off, Hauser’s character, Rip Wheeler, was facing a perfect storm of crises that had yet to fully hit him. But “Yellowstone” fans have no doubt that Rip will be livid when they do. After all, they involve a deadly attack on Rip’s fiancée, Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly). Not to mention a drive-by shooting of Rip’s boss, John Dutton (Kevin Costner). And a pack of intruders bursting into the office of Beth’s brother Kayce (Luke Grimes).

In fact, it has even been suggested to Hauser that Season 4 might be dubbed “the wrath of Rip.” His character has been known to be quite lethal when crossed. And Hauser didn’t deny it, joking, “Everybody’s in danger in Montana after that.”

When the Season 4 trailer picks up, Rip is just beginning to find out the extent of the attacks menacing the Dutton family. In the trailer, we see Rip come across John Dutton by the side of the road, bleeding and unconscious.

“John, don’t you die on me now,” Rip pleads. “Not like this. You hear me?”

‘Yellowstone’ Fans Also ‘Give a Sh-t’

It’s a good thing the cast and crew of “Yellowstone” care so much about the quality of their product, because their fans definitely notice. In fact, some fans were up in arms when “Yellowstone” Season 4 didn’t drop in June, which is when it has premiered for the past three seasons.

Fans were relieved when news broke that Season 4 would finally premiere in November. They were equally happy to learn that Hauser had confirmed Season 5 would begin filming this summer.

And while Sheridan once said in an interview that he could see the show running for about six seasons, many fans hope the show’s growing popularity will convince Sheridan and the Paramount Network to extend its run a little further. Who knows what will happen? Either way, there’s plenty of “Yellowstone” left to go. So fans should just enjoy the ride while it lasts.