Not only is “Yellowstone” a popular Western for people who wish they were cowboys, but it’s also a favorite of the rodeo set. Moreover, the show offers no shortage of lessons on Western truths.
And so in a new video clip released by the official “Yellowstone” Twitter account, Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) schools Walker (Ryan Bingham) on the hard realities of ranching and the cowboy way.
“Wanna know how the West was won?” Lloyd asks Walker.
Walker doesn’t respond, but Lloyd goes on anyway.
“The skeletons at the bottom of that canyon is how,” he tells Walker.
“And that’s how the west was won,” Yellowstone captioned the tweet.
Forrie J. Smith Brings Cowboy Experience to His Role on ‘Yellowstone’
Smith exudes confidence as Lloyd, a ranch hand with a rodeo background, because he grew up in the rodeo. Smith’s mother was a barrel racer. His father and grandfather were rodeo cowboys.
“My granddad rodeoed when they circled the cars and snubbed the horses,” Smith told Rodeo News. “I was drawn to it. I’m known as a horseman. I’ve started a lot of warmbloods for the equestrian people.”
After getting his start in rodeo, Smith later became a Hollywood stuntman. He said the lessons he learned in rodeo also prepared him to be a stuntman.
“I use a lot of the things I learned from rodeo in the film industry – like breaking things down into steps, thinking positive and not being negative,” he said. “Thinking about what you did wrong and forgetting it; thinking about what you did right and building on it. Hurry up and wait – that’s all learned from rodeo.”
Furthermore, as a native Westerner who grew up in Helena, Montana, Smith appreciates what series co-creator Taylor Sheridan has done to celebrate the cowboy culture, Smith told TV Fanatic. He said it “means a lot to me, but it’s kind of too late… They’ve already subdivided a lot of good grazing land.”
“But [‘Yellowstone’] is telling our story,” he added.
Smith Recently Celebrated His Birthday
Smith turned 62 last week. And that occasion prompted the Yellowstone Instagram account to wish him “the happiest of birthdays.”
The Instagram post drew thousands of likes and replies from “Yellowstone” fans who wanted to wish Smith a happy birthday, too.
Appearing in a show with millions of fans, Smith has also become a representative of sorts for rodeo lifers, who see themselves in Lloyd. But if Smith is feeling any pressure from winding up in that role, he’s not letting on.
“Just last week, I got a call from a rodeo cowboy in New Mexico,” Smith told Good Housekeeping in 2019. “He told me, ‘You’re doing a great job representing us. Thank you.’”
It remains to be seen if audiences will get to see more of Lloyd in Season 4. But in the meantime, Smith said he’s just enjoying the ride.
“I’m just a country kid from Montana on screen with an Academy Award winner,” Smith said. “This is a dream come true for me, or actually, any actor.”