‘Yellowstone’ – There’s a new cutthroat in town
With the Beck brothers vanquished, the Dutton clan face a new threat to their Montana ranch as “Yellowstone” returns for its third season.
Premiering Sunday, June 21, on Paramount Network, the new round of 10 episodes brings in Josh Holloway (“Lost,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) to play Roarke Morris, a hedge fund manager with ambitious plans for the land in and around Dutton Ranch that would pose great concern to John (Kevin Costner), Beth (Kelly Reilly), Kayce (Luke Grimes), Jamie (Wes Bentley), Rip (Cole Hauser) and the others.
“I like to refer to him as the inevitable. He’s the point man of progress,” the affable actor explains. “He creates cities. He doesn’t just bring a golf course or a resort; he brings airports and things like that and brings it through the local governments. So he can either buy your land and make you rich or condemn it and he’s going to do it anyway. So that’s why I call him the inevitable.”
Morris isn’t your average Wall Street guy. While he’s ruthless and a lover of money, he’s also a fly fisherman who isn’t against smoking a joint every now and again. He’s also not easily intimidated, a trait that comes in handy when dealing with the Duttons and especially the similarly ruthless Beth, with whom sparks are immediately evident.
“What he’s doing with Beth,” Holloway explains, “is just laying out the facts to her in a way, and the way she is so Beth coming at him, he really enjoys it, her fire. So that doesn’t scare this particular character. He kind of loves that. So they have an interesting relationship. They have a spark, they like each other. Maybe-in-another-lifetime-who-knows kind of thing.”
And Beth, says Holloway, responds to Roarke’s directness and self-assurance.
“She’s like, ‘You know, this guy is not stupid.’ So she can’t just emasculate him like she does all her other adversaries,” he says with a laugh. “So it’s just not working with him so it’s a fair fight in a way.”
Holloway reports his working relationship with Reilly was similarly enjoyable.
“She is amazing,” he says, “and to hear her little English accent and then she cuts into that Montana drawl, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I like this.’ She’s extremely professional and also she’s not unprepared or arrogant or any of that. She was wonderful, down to earth, completely prepared and we had a good time.”