John Dutton (Kevin Costner) had three sons in Yellowstone. Their names were Lee (Dave Annable), Kayce (Luke Grimes), and Jamie (Wes Bentley). On the show, there are a lot of cowboys, and Ian Bohen plays Ryan, one of the ranch hands at Yellowstone. In a recent interview, Bohen said that the first time he met the people in charge of hiring actors for Yellowstone, it was to play one of the Dutton boys.
On Jan. 11, Bohen was a guest on the podcast Inside Out with Paul Mercurio. He talked about Yellowstone and the upcoming Teen Wolf: The Movie, in which he will play Peter Hale again, and he told some juicy stories about the casting for both.
Ian Bohen’s First ‘Yellowstone’ Audition Was For Jamie Dutton!
The first step on Bohen’s way to Yellowstone was a setback. He sent in tapes to try out for the part of Jamie Dutton, but fans of Yellowstone know that the part went to Bentley. Looking back, Bohen understands. He didn’t have Jamie Dutton’s dark side in him.
“I read for Wes Bentley’s character Jamie Dutton on Yellowstone,” Bohen said on Inside Out. “I watched several audition tapes, and Wes was the only one who could have played that part. He is Jamie Dutton, and no matter how good my choices and tape were, I was never going to get hired because Wes is Jamie.”
The Same Thing Happened On ‘Teen Wolf’
By the time he tried out for Yellowstone, Bohen had been waiting around for a while for the right part to come along. He also tried out for Teen Wolf before Peter Hale.
Bohen said, “I read for Deaton, who is a vet for animals.” “I always tell people that they should hire essence. The person who plays a character is hired by the creator, and you can’t do a better job than that person. When Seth Gilliam did his part, it was clear that he was playing Deaton. You can’t get around it. They just walk in, and you can tell before they even say a word.”
The People in Charge of Casting For “Yellowstone” and “Teen Wolf” Still Remembered a Good Audition!
Bohen isn’t trying to say that you shouldn’t work too hard because it’s all about your essence. Still, you should try your best, and the casting directors will find a part for you. Things don’t always work out, but when they are supposed to, they do.
— Yellowstone (@Yellowstone) December 16, 2022
“Luckily, they both asked me to read for other parts,” Bohen said. “Of course, you agree, and they come up with something that fits you, or they make a new character, or they change things around. By God’s grace, we’re a part of it. Then you’ll have a place to start climbing up. Both of these shows had the same thing happen. It’s wear and tear. You can’t stop, and you can’t give up.”
Bohen painted a picture of a casting office mixing and matching headshots of actors to find the best person for each role.
“Your picture is kind of off to the side on the headshot board,” Bohen said. “They’re just looking for a place to put it, but at least you’re on the board.”