‘Yellowstone’ TV: Kevin Costner Previously Worked with Co-Star Ian Bohen in a 1994 Western

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Kevin Costner and Ian Bohen play ranch owner and ranch hand on Yellowstone. But 27 years ago, there was an entirely different dynamic when they worked together.

The two played the same person.

Remember the movie “Wyatt Earp”? It’s OK if you don’t. We’re going to give you some details to refresh your memory. But when it first premiered in theaters, it was considered a box office bomb. And that’s even with a stellar cast.

Kevin Costner starred in the movie. But look who else was in the cast — two-time Oscar winner Gene Hackman and Mark Harmon, who is in his 18th season with the CSI TV series. Others in the cast included Bill Pullman, Dennis Quaid, JoBeth Williams, Isabella Rosselini, Tom Sizemore, Jim Caviezel, Michael Madsen and Mare Winningham.

Costner played Wyatt Earp as an adult. Ian Bohen was Earp as a teenager. This movie tried to tell the entire story on Earp, the American lawman who reached a cult-hero status in Tombstone, Arizona. He also was part of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Earp definitely was a multi-faceted character.

He was 80 when he died in 1929. During his lifetime, Earp mined for silver and gold. He owned saloons and ran a brothel. He even was arrested for being a vagrant.

Before the movie centered on Kevin Costner as Earp, Ian Bohen played him as a teenager. The Earp family lived in Iowa. Earp’s two older brothers fought for the Union during the Civil War. Wyatt tried to run away and join the Army. But his father caught him. Wyatt Earp was Bohen’s first feature film.

Wyatt Earp Kicked Off String Of Flops For Kevin Costner

For Kevin Costner, Wyatt Earp marked the first movie in a series of flops he suffered through in the 1990s. He was at the top of his acting game coming into the movie.

After all, most everyone knew Kevin Costner because of Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves and The Bodyguard. But after Wyatt Earp, Costner’s immediate resume included Water World and The Postman.

The critics of Wyatt Earp centered on the movie’s length. Maybe at 3 hours, 10 minutes, it needed a more efficient editor.

Wyatt Earp did receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography. And the Western Writers of America honored the movie with a Spur Award for best script.

But the movie was a big winner at the Razzie Awards, a take-off on the Oscars. Kevin Costner won for worst actor. The movie was deemed worst remake. Ouch and ouch.

Now, Kevin Costner and Ian Bohen are entertaining us with Yellowstone. Costner, of course, is John Dutton. Bohen plays Ryan, a ranch hand. The Yellowstone social media account is leading fans to think that Ryan might’ve gotten the Y brand. Now, that’s a big deal.

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