Tim McGraw started his journey of playing 1883‘s James Dutton by playing two flashback episodes on the popular series Yellowstone, which lead to his Paramount Plus series, where he plays opposite his wife Faith Hill, who plays Margaret Dutton.
As Tim says he loved the show from the start, “I’d been a fan of Yellowstone since the first night it came out. So, Taylor (Sheridan the producer) called, and he goes, ‘Hey man, I want you to be in Yellowstone, and you’re gonna play the original Dutton who founded the Yellowstone ranch. And he said, ‘You’re also gonna have a wife. Do you think Faith would be interested in playing your wife?’ And it took me about three days to get the nerve up to ask her. She said, ‘Sure, I’ll be glad to do it. It’ll be fun.’”
It was in those episodes that McGraw realized what type of acting roles he wanted from her on out. He said, “The first thing we shot, it was just so much fun. We’re going so fast and the shootout was so great. I remember gettin’ off the horse and walkin’ around going, ‘I don’t care if I do any other film for the rest of my life, I wanna do westerns from now on.’”
Tim then recalled Taylor telling him that he showed the flashback episodes to the studio, and they wanted to do the whole series dubbed 1883. McGraw explained, “So when he sent the script for 1883, and we read it, Faith and I both were like, ‘This is just too special. It’s just too special not to do.’”
He posted to Instagram, “No time for hope. #1883TV #ParamountPlus.”