For a recent Men’s Journal cover story, Cole sat down to reflect back on his career, the show, working with Kevin Costner, growing up around horses and more, but as it turns out, Cole is a little more like Rip than you might expect.
Cole grew up riding horses, and although that experience pales in comparison to the amount of training he’s done for his role as Rip Wheeler, it gave him a head start on many members of the cast.
And believe it or not, he actually broke his back falling off a horse on the set of another film.
But while horse riding was definitely part of the training on the set of Yellowstone, the fighting was not. However, Cole has more than enough experience in that department too.
When asked if he had ever been in a bar fight, he replied:
“Does a bear shit in the woods?”
“I’ve probably been in one on every continent. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with fighting. Sometimes I’m just tired of words, so let’s beat the shit out of each other.
Maybe at the end of it you’ll buy me a Guinness and I’ll buy you a Bushmills, and we’ll be done. It’s kind of what guys do.”
Cut from the same cloth as Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, they actually got in a fist fight themselves the second time they ever met. But by now, Sheridan knows Hauser so well that he knows just what to say to get him fired up on camera… you know, he can dig into the past and get Cole pissed off.
But it’s those kind of emotional performances, whether a passionate scene with Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton) or an ass-kickin’ scene with the rest of the Bunkhouse crew, that has made America fall in love with Rip Wheeler.
Especially, the ladies…
Cole Hauser says he has to beat them off with a stick:
“Not to sound like an asshole, but I felt a little bit like Elvis. Women, especially after they’ve had a few drinks…well, it can get a little strange.
I was sitting at the rodeo, and this woman comes up to me with her brand-new baby, and she says to me… ‘This is Rip.’
I’d seen a couple of crazy girls tattoo him on their arms, but this was something else. Taylor and I just looked at each other. We both felt honored. I mean, that was pretty cool.”
And I imagine it’s only going to get crazier from here.
It’s hard to say if Yellowstone is nearing its peak or not, but now, some four seasons in, it’s the hottest show on television and with one spinoff series in the books and number of others on the way, it sounds like it’s just the beginning.
With that being said, let’s go to the Rip Wheeler highlight reel:
Cole Hauser Recalls Jefferson White Bleeding On Set
With Yellowstone over and done for the next year or so, fans are still busy discussing the Season 4 Finale, sharing their predictions for Season 5, and some of us might even be diving into the prequel series, 1883.
But now that the season is over, the cast is weighing in as well.
Maybe not as much with their predictions for the next season, but in addition to their thoughts on Season 4, they’ve been sharing some great behind the scenes stories.