Helen Mirren blasts villain with shotgun as screaming star sustains bloody forehead during forest chase in Yellowstone prequel 1923

Helen Mirren blasted a villain with a double-barrelled shotgun as she chased him through a forest in the Paramount+ Western drama, 1923.

The screaming actress, 77, sustained a bloody forehead as she yelled out in the middle of a forest, in the prequel to the smash-hit show, Yellowstone.

In the series, she plays Cara Dutton, the wife of Jacob Dutton, portrayed by Harrison Ford, whom she previously worked with in 1986’s The Mosquito Coast.

Thrilling: Helen Mirren blasted a villain with a double-barrelled shotgun as she chased him through a forest in the Paramount+ Western drama, 1923

Thrilling: Helen Mirren blasted a villain with a double-barrelled shotgun as she chased him through a forest in the Paramount+ Western drama, 1923

1923 premiered on December 18 with strong viewership. A reported 7.4 million viewers watched the premiere episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The episode – which showed Cara killing a trespasser and more – had four broadcast cable airings, three on Paramount Network and one on CMT.

Paramount claims the 1923 premiere delivered the biggest cable premiere of 2022, though final numbers for Sunday’s telecasts will arrive from Nielsen on Tuesday.

Tense: The screaming actress, 77, sustained a bloody forehead in the prequel to the smash-hit show, Yellowstone

Tense: The screaming actress, 77, sustained a bloody forehead in the prequel to the smash-hit show, Yellowstone

‘Anchored by Taylor Sheridan’s incredible vision and the performances of legends Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford, we felt confident this next chapter of the Dutton Family origin story would resonate with audiences,” said Tanya Giles, chief programming officer at Paramount Streaming.

‘We are thrilled with the record-breaking early response to the first episode and can’t wait to introduce more audiences to this incredible journey of perseverance, heartbreak and adventure set amongst the backdrop of the Mountain West,’ she added. 

Added Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios, ‘The Yellowstone universe continues to break records, with our latest chapter, 1923 scoring as the most watched premiere ever on Paramount+ and debuting as the #1 new cable premiere of the year on linear.’

Wow! 1923 premiered on December 18 with strong viewership. A reported 7.4 million viewers watched the premiere episode, according to claims

Wow! 1923 premiered on December 18 with strong viewership. A reported 7.4 million viewers watched the premiere episode, according to claims

‘Taylor Sheridan continues to tap a cultural nerve that has proven irresistible to viewers from across the country and around the world, with this newest installment showing no signs of slowing down — proving yet again the power of our franchise strategy to fuel the future of Paramount+,’ he added.

Helen recently revealed her working relationship with Harrison is now ‘very different’ since she’s ‘caught up with him’ in the world of acting.

Having crossed paths in The Mosquito Coast, Helen reminisced on him being an ‘enormous movie star’ while she was a little-known theatre performer.

She told The Times: ‘The relationship was obviously very, very different then because Harrison was already an enormous movie star and I was a theatre actress out of London and nobody had heard of me.

‘Now our relationship is very different because I’ve sort of caught up with him. Well, I’ll never catch up with him completely but I’m a little bit closer than I was.’

Revealing the Harrison of today is ‘quite different’ from her 80s co-star, she added: ‘He had that carapace which is essential for people who have reached that level of popular stardom. It’s so full-on, you have to develop some sort of defensive armour. He was always lovely to kids; grown-ups, not so much.’

What a pair! In the series, she plays Cara Dutton, the wife of Jacob Dutton, portrayed by Harrison Ford, whom she previously worked with in 1986's The Mosquito Coast

What a pair! In the series, she plays Cara Dutton, the wife of Jacob Dutton, portrayed by Harrison Ford, whom she previously worked with in 1986’s The Mosquito Coast 

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