Sam Elliott on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Performance in 1883: 'They Pulled it Off'

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While Kevin Costner leads the stellar cast members of Yellowstone, its prequel 1883 boasts none other than Sam Elliott, a veteran of Western films. And while the Shea Brennan actor is undoubtedly one of the industry's greats, he was joined by country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, both having very little acting background compared to him. Elliott, however, thinks they did great.

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Sam Elliott Things Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ‘Pulled it Off’ in 1883

In 1883, McGraw and Hill play Margaret and James Dutton. They set off on the perilous voyage west with Elliott's character Shea, with their sights set on Oregon at first. In an interview with Cowboys & Indians, Elliott enthused excitedly about his collaboration with the power couple.

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“I think all of us really in the beginning hit it off,” Elliott said. “Yeah, there’s probably a certain group of people that thought, ‘Oh yeah, here’s these country singers and now they’re going to become actors, and they’re going to try to pull that off.’ Well, they have pulled it off.”

“They’re incredible in this thing. I think the work that Faith and Tim are doing, it’s as good as anything anybody else is doing in the show. They’re up to it.”

ALSO READ: Sam Elliott Passed on the Yellowstone Character Taylor Sheridan Originally Wrote for Him

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were Excited to Work With Sam Elliott

Working with Sam Elliott is a dream come true for any actor, and McGraw and Hill were no exception. Taylor Sheridan's writing for 1883 wowed the country music stars as well.

Elliott's participation in the program served to sweeten the deal on an already appealing proposal.

“Then when Sam Elliott got involved… I mean how do you take this script, Taylor Sheridan, being a huge Yellowstone fan, and then Sam Elliott’s gonna be acting with you?” McGraw continued. “That’s a box that you can’t get out of. You don’t wanna get out of. How do you say no to any of that? And it’s been a fantastic experience.”

ALSO READ: 1883 Star Sam Elliott Says He Loves Kevin Costner But is No Fan of Yellowstone

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Will Taylor Sheridan's Future work Feature Tim McGraw and Faith Hill?

Hill and McGraw also appeared in flashbacks during Yellowstone, in addition to 1883. 1883 has been renewed for more episodes, and Yellowstone has been renewed for a fifth season, but Hill and McGraw's future in Sheridan's work is still up in the air.

“We’re sort of in limbo like everyone else,” McGraw told Variety.

Unfortunately, Elliott is unlikely to appear in future episodes of 1883 alongside McGraw and Hill. Shea killed himself in the 1883 finale after reaching the Oregon shore and fulfilling his promise to his late wife.
All episodes of 1883 are currently available to watch on Paramount+.

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