Look for Walton this summer in the upcoming blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens. In fact, hear Walton talk about it, along with his roles in both The Shield in Justified.
You can check out the interview above or you can listen at the source.
[audio:http://www.avpgalaxy.net/files/movie_predators/conference-goggins-brody2.mp3] • Brody: There’s more to his character than the physical abilities. Getting into the headspace is just as important. The mental transformation goes hand in hand with the physical transformation. The confidence level goes up when you feel strong.
• Brody: Restricted his diet. For the first time since college, he lifted heavy weights. The body chemistry changed. The physical change was important, but he cultivated the mindset Royce needed to be in. Studied military field manuals, took in as much as he could to create someone with a sense of control.
• Brody: Didn’t want the fear to paralyze his character.
• Goggins: I just read Playboy.
• Goggins: After thinking about his character’s time in jail, he approached Antal and said he hasn’t been socialized in years. His prep was the antithesis of Adrien’s. He’s been in prison for years and years, so being out in the jungle is all new to him. His physical prep was the lack of physical prep.
• Goggins: My blessing and curse as an actor is to take a character on paper and make the audience hate him, but then turn it around and make people laugh with him. Make him 360.
• Brody: It’s surprising when people are surprised by his choices in roles. As an actor, he’s made a conscious decision to not repeat himself to keep it interesting.
• Brody: I look at this as an opportunity to do something special in a type of film he loves. Hollywood has had a reliance on physical brawn, but the confidence comes from within.
• Brody: Coming from a tactical approach. And did feel he need to transform physically. A hero should look strong but didn’t want to just rely on that. It’s a big coup for him and is very protective of this movie and character. Continue reading
When you consider the leading men in today’s roles, few manage to capture the true essence of their characters. We so often are subjected to a constant barrage of the same garbage-roles, written in the same garbage-manner — the underdog always wins, the bad guys always lose…
Well when is comes to Walton Goggins career in both TV and Film, none of the aforementioned statements ring true. This guy has made a career out of making small-roles huge.
The best example I could give is Goggins’ portrayal of Shane Vendrell in FX’s gritty cop-drama The Shield. From the start of the series, Shane serves as a sort of right-hand-man to the main character, Vic Mackey (played by Michael Chiklis). Over the course of the 7 seasons, Shane goes from being a dude with some cool scenes and a moderate amount of screen-time, to the ultimate show-stopper. Literally. If you are familiar with The Shield you know what I’m talking about. If you aren’t, let me just say that Goggins trumps his colleagues on screen — and this cast included Glenn Close, CCH Pounder, Forrest Whittaker, etc. When I expressed my admiration for his performance on The Shield, Goggins just humbly laughed and diverted the conversation towards his experiences on and off the set with the other cast members.
As much as I admired and continue to admire Mr. Goggins’ work, his professional rapport and approach to the industry is one that Hollywood can learn from. Every time we referenced one of his roles he has this expression of thankfulness that I have rarely seen. The “movie-star” sense of entitlement just doesn’t exist with this guy. What I mean to say is: THIS GUY IS JUST A NORMAL DUDE.
I think that has a great deal to do with his Southern upbringing. Goggins is a native Atlantean, though since moving to L.A. he says his tastes have gradually shifted from “pulled-pork to sushi.”
In the upcoming Predator sequel, aptly entitled Predators, Walton is playing “Stans,” a vicious, sociopathological serial killer. As with many of his other projects, Predators is made up of a stellar ensemble cast; a huge asset to Walton considering his style seems to be so in touch with the people around him.
Keep your eye on this guy — I’m promise you he is going to be the biggest character actor of the new generation in Hollywood. Microwave some popcorn, pop a squat in your favorite chair and get comfortable, Walton Goggins is the newest household name, and he’s here to stay.
“I walked up onstage, and they had to adjust the mike for sure, and just leaned up on my tiptoes and just let out the biggest hog call that has ever been heard in my family, certainly,” he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “And I won — I got a big trophy with a large hog on top. I have it in my office.”
Goggins says his days on the hog-calling circuit certainly helped propel him toward an acting career. Though he’s played many characters over the years, he is perhaps best known for his roles on The Shield — where he played a member of a corrupt narcotics squad — and the current FX series Justified, where he plays a white supremacist turned born-again Christian named Boyd Crowder.
Crowder also happens to be a fugitive bank robber hiding in the hills of eastern Kentucky, and an old buddy of the county’s newest U.S. marshal, played by Timothy Olyphant — who’s now on the other side of the law.
Acquiring the long drawl he uses to portray the quick-witted Crowder, says Goggins, took quite a bit of time.