Cole Hauser has quite the resume.
A man of many faces, you may recognize him as Benny O’Donnell from his breakout role in Dazed & Confused, or Billy McBride in Good Will Hunting. Then again, you may not recognize him at all…
He was also in 2 Fast, 2 Furious, Tears Of The Sun, The Break-Up, and more.
But by far, his most iconic role is one whose story isn’t over yet… Rip Wheeler on the Taylor Sheridan drama, Yellowstone.
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
In addition to their excitement for Season 5, the cast has been sharing some great behind the scenes stories.
Jefferson White (Jimmy Hurdstrom) topped them all with the hilarious story about the scars between his ass cheeks from learning how to ride a horse, but Cole Hauser’s (Rip Wheeler) version of event is equally as hilarious.
To soothe his chaffed (and bleeding) ass, Cole spotted Jeff dunking his cheeks in the river:
Here’s how that interaction went down:
“When we went to cowboy camp I saw the blood running through his jeans and I was like, ‘it’s blood.'”
And he said ‘yeah I have saddle sores.”
I was like, “oh man, do you want me to look at it?’
And he said, ‘NOOOOOOO.’
And then he went and sat in the river.”
Can you picture that?
Maybe you don’t want to, but Jimmy is on set, sitting in the river because he’s bleeding out of his ass, through his jeans, with saddle sores… just brutal.
Jimmy admitted that he had the least experience riding out of anybody in the cast, but that just sounds awful. Seems like he’s got the hang of it now… and the scars to prove it.
Listen to Rip tell the full story below:
Jimmy’s Explains His Saddle Sores
Jefferson recently revealed that he has a permanent reminder of his days learning how to ride… right between his ass cheeks.
He hilariously explains his injury situation with ET’s Cassie DiLaura:
“Knock on wood I’ve been very lucky… I’ve got some permanent scars, a little bit TMI, on the inside of my butt cheeks… there’s a kind of Rorschach ink blot of scars that will probably never heal.
Other than that I’ve been very lucky. Very sore, very bruised, very beaten up but very lucky.”
Much like his character Jimmy, he has his own Yellowstone brand:
“It’s an evocative image… it is kind of a Y-shape, kind of a permanent, Y.”
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