He shared: “We shot it maybe three or four times, the very first time, Isabel and I both were just a blubbering mess.
“The scene that we ended up using, and I think it was the next to the last take we took, she’s laying on my lap and we’re getting ready to shoot.
“She just looks up at me and says, ‘What’s the thing you love most about your daughters?’ And then they said, ‘action,’ and it just tore me apart.”
With season two confirmed to return to screens, Elsa’s final resting place will set the scene of their lives on the Montana Ranch, which will then be inherited by John after six generations.
1883 is available on Paramount Plus in the US. A UK release date has yet to be announced.