Dan Jenkins might not be the most well-loved character on Yellowstone, but that just speaks to actor Danny Huston’s impeccable talent on-screen. It’s human nature to want to be liked. That’s why it’s not easy playing the villains. Actors have to embrace personas that they probably don’t even like. Just like Jenkins, most drama antagonists tend to be corrupt, immoral individuals with no regard for consequences. Somehow, they have to find a way to relate to the character to best portray them.
Despite the challenges, Huston plays the role of the Paradise Valley capital developer flawlessly. He creates a complex character for Yellowstone fans, who sometimes themselves can’t decide who the good guys truly are. During the time when Huston was still a part of the show, he joined KTLA5 News to discuss one of his best lines on the show. While Jenkins does intend to develop housing around the Dutton ranch, he plans to do so in an eco-friendly manner. His morality sways during his feud with the Duttons, but at his core, Jenkins seems to have a good nature.
At the time of the interview, Jenkins survived the hanging but recently got shot. One anchor asked about the fate of Huston’s Yellowstone character.
“I’m not quite a cat with nine lives,” the actor responded. “I think that things may be looking rather dim for Dan Jenkins.”
The anchor then handed Huston a paper with one of his famous lines written on it and asked if he could reenact the scene. But there’s just one problem–the Yellowstone actor can’t read it.
“I need my reading glasses,” Huston exclaimed. However, with a bit of coaxing from the anchor, the actor caught onto the line.
“I have every right to be here. I have every right. This is America.”
‘Yellowstone’ Actor Explains Significance of His Famous Line
The line that Huston repeated during his interview was his very last on Yellowstone. Following his close call with the noose, Jenkins agreed to a truce with John Dutton and Thomas Rainwater to join forces against an even bigger foe, the Beck brothers. Unfortunately, this change was in vain.
The Beck brothers sent three hired gunmen to Jenkins’ home. After suffering several gunshot wounds, he muttered the line with his final breath.
When Huston reenacted the line on the news program, he shared what he found most interesting about that moment.
“What I find most intriguing about that line is the question of rights and how Dan Jenkins feels about it for himself but also what the show is talking about,” Huston shared. “What Taylor Sheridan is trying to say to the audience in regards to what is America in regards to rights.”