Josh Lucas and Kevin Costner are two of the most recognizable faces on the hit show Yellowstone, where they play different versions of the same character, John Dutton. Lucas portrays the younger John in flashbacks, while Costner plays the present-day patriarch of the Dutton family. But are the two actors related in real life? Here’s what we know.
Despite their physical resemblance and their convincing portrayal of John Dutton, Josh Lucas and Kevin Costner are not related by blood or marriage. They are simply two talented actors who share a similar look and a passion for westerns.
According to Horsey Hooves, Lucas revealed that he was approached by Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan before the pilot was shot, and he was interested in playing the role of Rip Wheeler, John’s loyal ranch hand. However, Sheridan had already cast Cole Hauser for that part, and he offered Lucas the role of young John instead.
Lucas accepted the role, but he didn’t want to mimic Costner’s performance. He wanted to create his own version of John, based on Sheridan’s vision and his own interpretation. He also said that he was not allowed to be around Costner on set, because Sheridan wanted them to have their own separate journeys as John.
- Josh Lucas and Kevin Costner have different backgrounds and careers
Josh Lucas was born on June 20, 1971, in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents were antinuclear activists who moved around a lot when he was a child. He attended high school in Gig Harbor, Washington, where he acted in plays. He moved to Hollywood when he was 19 and started his career as a guest star on various TV shows.
Lucas has appeared in many films, such as American Psycho, A Beautiful Mind, Sweet Home Alabama, Hulk, Glory Road, Poseidon, The Lincoln Lawyer, Ford v Ferrari, and The Forever Purge. He has also starred in TV series like The Firm, The Mysteries of Laura, and Yellowstone.
Kevin Costner was born on January 18, 1955, in Lynwood, California. His father was an electrician and his mother was a welfare worker. He attended high school in Visalia, California, where he played sports and sang in the choir. He studied marketing and finance at California State University Fullerton, where he met his first wife Cindy Silva.
Costner started his career as an extra in films like Sizzle Beach U.S.A., The Big Chill, and Fandango. He rose to fame with films like The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves (which he also directed and won two Oscars for), JFK, The Bodyguard, Waterworld, Tin Cup, The Postman (which he also directed), Open Range (which he also directed), Mr. Brooks, Hidden Figures, Molly’s Game, and Let Him Go. He has also starred in TV series like Hatfields & McCoys (which earned him an Emmy), The Highwaymen (which he also produced), and Yellowstone (which he also executive produces).
Josh Lucas and Kevin Costner have mutual respect and admiration for each other
Even though Josh Lucas and Kevin Costner are not related and don’t interact much on Yellowstone, they have expressed their respect and admiration for each other in interviews.
Lucas told Deadline that he considers Costner “one of the great American actors” and that he feels honored to play his younger self. He also said that he loves watching Costner’s scenes on Yellowstone and that he learns from his choices and nuances.
Costner told Entertainment Weekly that he thinks Lucas is “a really good actor” and that he likes his portrayal of John. He also said that he trusts Sheridan’s vision for the show and that he doesn’t interfere with Lucas’ process.
So there you have it: Josh Lucas and Kevin Costner are not related in real life, but they share a connection through their roles on Yellowstone. They are both accomplished actors who bring their own style and personality to John Dutton. And they are both fans of each other’s work. That’s more than enough to make us love them both!.