Sam Elliott & Tim McGraw Talk Rough Conditions of ‘1883’ Filming: ‘First Month Was Brutal’

by Joe Rutland

While filming first-season episodes of 1883, cast members Sam Elliott and Tim McGraw talk about the conditions out there.

According to an article from Entertainment Weekly, Elliott, who will play Shea Brennan, wears the same wool clothing over and over again. He spends a lot of time on a horse. But there were a number of steamy scenes, and don’t think it was romantic.

Yes, Outsiders, we think you female fans who love Yellowstone will love the prequel 1883.

Sam Elliott admitted about the filming in Texas that “the first month was brutal. It was 100 degrees and not easy.”

McGraw, the country music superstar who will play James Dutton alongside wife Faith Hill (Margaret Dutton), said “it’s super dusty and super hot.

“There’s no way around it,” McGraw said. “At the same time, it’s like every kid’s fantasy to do something like this, to put your chaps on, your cowboy hat, and your gun holsters every day. Then you get on a horse and try to survive this journey.”

1883 will premiere on Paramount+ on Dec. 19. Taylor Sheridan, the creative mind behind Yellowstone, also is overseeing this new series production.

Sam Elliott Among Stars That Were Filming ‘1883’ Episodes in Fort Worth Stockyards

As Sam Elliott mentioned, some scenes of 1883 were filmed in Texas.

Specifically, some were done in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas.

Having McGraw and Hill as part of the cast was a bit surprising. But seeing Sam Elliott as part of 1883 is not one. There were Yellowstone fans who had been urging them to get Elliott.

Apparently, some Fort Worth residents were trying to get a look at filming at the Stockyards.

Local residents say they are excited 1883 chose Fort Worth.

Yellowstone fan Donna Johnson says, “I think they picked a great place to film some of their scenes. I think it would be great for the economy.”

Fort Worth City Leaders Happy To See Show Film Scenes Within City Limits

So, what do Fort Worth city leaders think of this happening in their fair city?

Visit Fort Worth COO Mitch Whitten, in an interview with WFAA, said there’s an economic impact of this happening there.

Filming 1883 there brings visitors into the area. They provide an economic boost for Cowtown, the nickname for Fort Worth.

Whitten said they like to talk about economic impact. “But there really is something about movie magic,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback that our film-friendly locations make a big difference.” Five years ago, we didn’t have a film commission and we said we want to invite people here to make movies, to make commercials, to bring their TV shows.”