“I was always mystified that he wasn’t a giant movie star”: Matt Damon Can’t Believe it Took So Long for 1 Yellowstone Actor to Become Popular

Matt Damon cannot believe how it took so long for Cole Hauser to get famous.

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  • Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Yellowstone star Cole Hauser have been friends for a long time.
  • Damon once even expressed surprise that it took so long for Hauser to gain widespread recognition.
  • Even Affleck humorously stated he felt disturbed by his wife's admiration for Hauser's character in Yellowstone.
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Matt Damon has been in the film industry for a long, long time and has made quite some good friends along the way. While his friendship with Ben Affleck is always the talk of the town, the actor has collaborated and worked with a plethora of stars, resulting in some lifelong friendships and bonds. And Yellowstone star Cole Hauser is one such actor.


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Having worked with him for the first time in the iconic School Ties and then later collaborating with home on his Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting, Damon in an interview exclaimed that he could not believe it took so long for Hauser to get as famous.

Matt Damon Cannot Believe Cole Hauser Was Not Popular Before

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Cole Hauser in Yellowstone | Paramount Pictures

Actor Cole Hauser portrays the ranch’s foreman, Rip Wheeler, in the hit Western show Yellowstone. One of the most interesting and formidable characters of the entire saga, it is his brooding personality and fierceness, which made Hauser a household name across the world.


Coming from a family of highly illustrious personalities, actors, and film moguls, Houser has starred in several projects, but it was not until he played Rip Wheeler that the actor got proper fame and acclaim. And his old friend and past collaborator, Matt Damon, can not believe it took so long for him to reach this stage.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck made an appearance on the Bill Simmons Podcast last year, where both sang praise for their friend after seeing him in Yellowstone.

To tell you the truth, I was always mystified that Cole wasn’t a giant movie star.

Stated Damon while exclaiming that even at the age of 16, Hauser was a pure, raw talent.


We were driving back into Boston … leaving set for the first week, driving into Cambridge, and we’re like … ‘Leaving me and you out, who’s the f**kin’ best actor here?’ And both of us, at the same time, were like, ‘Hauser.’

Ever since their first collaboration in School Ties, the trio have remained good friends, so much so that they would even crash at each other’s places. And it is delightful to see them cheering and celebrating each other after all these years.

Ben Affleck is Disturbed by Jennifer Lopez’s Love for Cole Hauser

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in The Greatest Love Story Never Told | Amazon Studios

While Ben Affleck along with his best friend, Matt Damon praised their good old friend Cole Hauser for his acting talent, he also exclaimed on the Bill Simmons Podcast that he was concerned by his wife, Jennifer Lopez’s love for Hauser.

According to Affleck, Lopez is a huge fan of Yellowstone and particularly loves the chemistry and relationship between Hauser’s character and his wife. Starring as Rip Wheeler, Hauser’s character is in an on-again, off-again relationship with Beth Dutton, Kevin Costner’s on-screen daughter.


Jen showed me a clip of her off of Instagram, the monologue she has in the car about the ways to become rich. And then she was like, ‘I love this story of these two’. I was like, ‘Wait a minute? With Cole? With Hauser? What do you love about it?’

Stated Affleck, as he later added,

I’m kind of disturbed that my wife really likes ‘Yellowstone’.

Although it was a joke, it is hilarious that he must think so since he, too, rekindled his romance with Lopez after almost two decades.

Anyhow, as Damon, Affleck, and Hauser continue to support and celebrate each other’s successes, their friendship serves as a heartwarming reminder of the connections forged throughout their careers.


Yellowstone can be streamed on Peacock.


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