That Yellowstone’sMike DeAngelo and Rodrigo Perez, has returned. This time, instead of breaking down the latest episode of “Yellowstone,” the hosts turn their attention to the latest spinoff series, “1923.”
Also created by Taylor Sheridan“1923” follows Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford) and Cara Dutton (Helen Mirren), who has taken over the land for the Dutton family and is trying to raise a ranching empire in the 1920s amid potential turf wars, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The show also features James Badge Dale, Marley Shelton, Robert Patrick, Brandon Sklenar, Aminah Nievesand more.
On today’s podcast, our hosts grapple with the latest spinoff and its ties to the larger “Yellowstone” universe, and then cast Harrison Ford, James Badge Dale & Marley Shelton stop by to chat about being a part of this amazing, multi-generational story that creator Sheridan is bringing to life. As for why everyone seems to be jumping aboard the “Yellowstone” train, Ford suggests the answer is pretty straightforward, despite saying himself in previous interviews that he was unlikely to jump to TV.
“To me, the quality of the work they’ve done there is clear,” Ford said of joining the “Yellowstone” universe. “So my ambition to be a part of that doesn’t seem to be too much for me. We assume there’s such a big difference between TV and film. It’s really just the destination of it [that’s different]. There are great opportunities to tell complicated and ambitious stories on television, but that’s just where you show it. This has very high quality movies. This would play very well in a cinema. But Taylor thinks of these things, not as television, but he thinks of them as an hour-long movie, and we’re going to do eight or ten of them. So there are very high ambitions and standards.”
The pilot itself has a lot of characters to introduce, so don’t be surprised if you’re unsure about everything the show is tackling just yet. During the interview, Ford was quick to tease more about what they’re trying to address in “1923” as a whole.
“We are placed at a time in history where Jacob’s way of life is being challenged by the coming modernity,” Ford said. “Electricity comes to the homes, the streets are clogged with horseless vehicles – cars, and it’s a little disorienting for Jacob to see the changes in his culture, and he’s afraid of losing that way of life. The family has built a lifestyle of determination and sacrifice and sweat, and now it is being challenged. There is a drought. There is competition for the grass from shepherds. There is financial pressure from the banks, which now find that many of their loans to ranchers have defaulted. Times are tough.”
As for James Badge Dale and Marley Shelton, viewers can assume that their characters of John Dutton Sr. and Emma Dutton might be the grandparents of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton, but I wouldn’t be so sure yet. Marley Shelton was keen to dispel such assumptions as even they don’t seem to know how their characters relate to John Dutton.
“The funny thing about it is that it still hasn’t been revealed to us whether we are grandma and grandpa [to John Dutton] or great-aunt and uncle – it’s still up to [debate]. We don’t know,” Shelton shared.
Of course, Marvel fans have recently celebrated Harrison Ford joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ford will take over the role of General “Thunderbolt” Ross, previously played by the deceased William Hurt. The actor died earlier this year. Many assumed that Ford would not be interested in joining the MCU; But for Ford, the answer to why he would is simple.
“Hey, look, I’ve done a lot of things. Now I’m going to do some of the things that I haven’t done,” Ford said.
One can assume that the “things he hasn’t done” include motion capture, as the character eventually becomes Red Hulk. Our host, Mike DeAngelo, asked if Ford would don the gray motion capture suit for such things. Ford, ever the professional, simply smiled and responded with a “Zipper” sign. Can we call that a confirmation, Mr. Ford?
Less riding and more drama. You can listen to the entire episode’s discussion and interviews below.
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