Guilherme Marchi and Scott Eastwood
05/11/2014 at 09:00 AM EDT
is doing research for his upcoming movie role – eight seconds at a time.
The actor, 28, who will play bull rider
Luke Collins in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's The Longest Ride
, dropped by the Professional Bull Riders
' Last Cowboy Standing event in Las Vegas Friday night.
new star "asked a lot about the sport to get more info on his character," a source tells PEOPLE. He also rubbed elbows with the toughest cowboys in the business, including Pistol Robinson
and former world champions Silvano Alves and Guilherme Marchi.
On Thursday, Eastwood posted a photo of himself aboard a bull on Instagram
No word on if he actually left the chute as part of his movie prep, but if he does try to ride bulls, it won't be easy: NFL star Chad Ochocinco tried his hand at a PBR bull in 2011 and hit the dirt hard after just 1.5 seconds. Bull riders "should be the highest-paid athletes in sports," he said
The conclusion of Last Cowboy Standing airs on Sunday (4 p.m. ET) on CBS. The Longest Ride
is expected to hit theaters next spring.