“I’ve been working pretty much back-to-back, which is not what I normally do,” Ford admitted. The prestige television Western franchise, “Yellowstone,” is a prequel to the original show. It focuses on a different generation of the Dutton family during the prohibition era and the early stages of the Great Depression in Montana.

Taylor Sheridan, creator of “1923,” brought Ford to his ranch outside Fort Worth and from there, the two started figuring out and developing the character of Jacob Dutton. “I’m 80, and I’m playing 77,” Ford said with his classic dry wit. “It’s a bit of a stretch.” Despite the fact that this is first huge major television role, Ford found himself invested in Dutton, the character in the show is very much playing to his age — a man who is in the pursuit of protecting his family and clan near the end stages of his life.