As Yellowstone fans know, Cole Hauser’s character, Rip Wheeler, is a larger-than-life, imposing man. It turns out Hauser had to go to lengths to become that character. In fact, he had to put on 20 lbs to play Rip.
Yellowstone star Cole Hauser
Cole Hauser’s character, Rip Wheeler, will be returning in the fifth season of Yellowstone later this year. Meanwhile, he has opened up in an interview about the extreme lengths he had to take in preparing to play that character.
Speaking of his physical fitness regime, Cole has revealed details on what helped him build his iconic Western character over the years. In fact, he revealed that he had to gain 20 lbs, which is no mean feat.
Accidents have helped his character
Meanwhile, over the years, Yellowstone’s ranch manager and the man himself have sustained several injuries. In fact, these have helped him play a larger role in the show (pun intended). Hauser explained that he is now 47 and has been in a “ton of accidents,” adding:
Motorcycles, horses, I’ve crashed my back, I’ve torn my hamstrings, torn calf muscles.
On the show, Rip is often called upon by his boss, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) to protect the family’s land from business rivals, spies, and even his own bunkhouse crew. Cole said that, unfortunately, his frequent battles have started to take their toll. For this reason, his real-life accidents help the actor to get into the character of a broken-down cowboy. The Express quotes Hauser explaining this to GoldDerby:
So it’s all… the walk, I put a little bit more into the brokenness of Rip versus me.
So, essentially, I have a little bit of the limp, the back pain, or the getting up and getting down, or having to bend down to give [Beth] a kiss.
Meanwhile, the Yellowstone actor joked that you will hear his knees pop sometimes. Cole explained that those things are all very real. However, he gives a little bit more to them for the character.
Hauser also revealed the muscle weight he has to gain to keep his portrayal of Rip Wheeler as physically imposing as possible.
“Ultimately, when I walk around, I’m about 210 [pounds],” Cole revealed.
It seems it has been a hard journey getting into the role of ranch manager Rip Wheeler, which fans will surely appreciate. Meanwhile, season 5 of Yellowstone debuts on the Paramount Network on November 13, 2022.