‘1883’ Star Tim McGraw Says Working on Show ‘Has Been Incredible’

by Courtney Blackann

As the “Yellowstone” prequel “1883” continues to heat up and draw in thousands, the original Dutton stars are sharing their gratitude at being a part of the drama series. Tim McGraw, who plays James Dutton, said the experience has been ‘incredible.’

Sharing some photos on Twitter, McGraw expressed how much he loves being a part of the Taylor Sheridan creation.

“Working on @1883official has been incredible… and we’re just getting started!! Hope you all are enjoying the show! #1883TV,” the actor captioned the post, along with an emoji of a covered wagon.

And it appears that tons of people are enjoying the journey of James and Margaret Dutton as they head west from Texas. The Duttons are the great grandparents of “Yellowstone’s” John Dutton – and they’ll eventually settle down in what is the modern Yellowstone ranch in Montana.

“1883” Star on Coming Aboard the Show

Further, while Tim McGraw has been busy working alongside wife Faith Hill (Margaret Dutton), he explained in a recent interview how he actually got involved in the show – and why he loves the western drama so much.

“I always thought I’d love to do a Western if something good ever came along,” McGraw said. He says the show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan, came into contact with him. “The way it worked with Taylor was, my agent said Taylor wants your number. Yes, give it to him,” McGraw said.

McGraw also adds that:

“He asked if I was a fan of Yellowstone, and I said of course I was. He asked if I would like to be on the show. I told him I’d love to do it, but I didn’t want to just be some sort of singing cowboy that comes on and gets taken to the train station or something like that. He goes, well, I might have an idea. Give me a week or so. And then, he called me back, and he told me the idea that he had, to do a flashback scene with me as the original Dutton who founded the Yellowstone Ranch. And I thought, now, that’s interesting. I really like that. And that is how the whole ball started rolling.”

Authenticity is Key for Show’s Success

The first few episodes of “1883” are just as gritty and raw as “Yellowstone.” With authentic touches completely adorning the backdrop, it looks as if you’re really traveling back to 19th century Texas.

This is intentional, McGraw says, because it’s critical for Sheridan that authenticity shows through everything he does.

“Taylor is a stickler for authenticity. Even to the way you ride – he would come up and say, “you know, a cowboy wouldn’t have his feet in that position or wouldn’t have his hands in that position.” He says, “I’m just trying to make you look good. Everybody rides a little differently, and it’s fine to ride a little differently but there are a few things you need to be authentic to and true to.” And he’s always good about that. And down to the set design and the costumes,” McGraw says.