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You can relive all of Rip’s highs and lows in Yellowstone’s second season on the extra-packed DVD/Blu-ray set, which is out now. Of course, there is even more drama to come in Season 3 and you can bet Rip will be involved in it! As for his portrayer, Cole Hauser’s career outside of playing Rip has spanned a lot of different characters.
For instance, in 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, Cole Hauser gave a memorable performance as villain Carter Verone. While in the 2018 movie Acts of Violence, he played the heroic lead opposite Bruce Willis. Given his career, how has Cole Hauser’s approach to Rip on Yellowstone been different than his previous characters? Promoting Season 2's DVD/Blu-ray release, Hauser told me:
Cole Hauser has definitely found Rip Wheeler! Based on what he is saying, getting to do the stuff that Rip does on Yellowstone has been a part of his journey finding Rip. You can hear more from Hauser and his co-stars’ discussing their characters on Yellowstone Season 2’s three-disc DVD/Blu-ray set.
There is another angle to Cole Hauser’s approach to his Yellowstone character, and that is getting in some quality time with Yellowstone’s co-creator, Taylor Sheridan. In discussing that, Hauser also teased that the hit drama is not going to start backing down on where it takes Rip in Season 3. Continuing in discussing his approach to the character, Hauser told me:
It certainly is! As a viewer, I think you can see the thought and feeling that has been put into crafting each character. On that note, I wonder what risks Yellowstone is going to have Rip take in Season 3. He has been a loyal and devoted supporter of the Duttons.
Will he do something to try to keep John Dutton from having to sell part of the ranch? It would not be the first time that Rip has taken action on the Duttons’ behalf. As you can tell from re-watching Yellowstone Season 2 on DVD/Blu-ray, he has always come through for them.
I am curious if Yellowstone might have Rip do something else that tests the audience’s feelings about him. That would be a risk too! Yellowstone’s creator had teased some eventful developments happening with the characters in Season 3.
In doing so, Taylor Sheridan hinted at viewers learning some things about its various players. Time will tell what these risks will include for Rip. I could see him landing in some hot water, trying to help John, but we will see. Fans anxious for the return of Yellowstone Season 3 have a lot to consider.