Ray McKinnon, a longtime friend of Walton, recently sat down with Collider.com in what I would call a worthy read. In it Ray discusses his most recent role as Assistant U.S. District Attorney Lincoln Potter on FX’s other original drama, Sons of Anarchy, along with what’s next for him now with Sons of Anarchy’s 4th season coming to a close tomorrow night.
Here is what Ray said about Walton:
Do you know what Kurt Sutter’s interest was, in casting you on the show?
McKINNON: I know that I, along with others, have made movies, over the years. Because of my relationship with Walton Goggins, and Kurt’s relationship with Walton, and Walton being a part of our movie-making team, I think Walt forced him to look at all of our stuff. So, he knew my work, better than a lot of people did because of that. I was off making these independent films that very few people saw, and loving it. But, I think that was part of it. He’d seen me and he knew my work really well. I was surprised. When I read the role, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go out to L.A. I wasn’t living there, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go out there. I didn’t really know anything about Sons of Anarchy, and there were lots of reasons that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to spend six months in L.A. But then, I read the character and I just was like, “Oh, my goodness!” I’d been looking to play a character that was really, really bright and intellectual and weird because I have some of those attributes, more so than some of the characters I play. I just wasn’t as interested in those other archetypes, as much anymore. So, it was a surprise. I was intrigued by it. I’m still not sure what he saw, in what I’d done before, that made him think about me for this role. I’m both grateful and baffled by his choosing me. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would have loved to have played this role.
As a fan and avid watcher of Sons of Anarchy, I can’t help but think that if Walton had any part in getting Ray his role on Sons’, then I have to say thanks. Ray has been an intriguing character addition this season, and one I’ve grown to enjoy, despite his obvious purpose of trying to bring the law down on the club and it’s members.
The reigning king of the underrated shows. There is no doubt that everyone agrees that this show is a good show. However, I think the show needs to be raised to small tick below the Mad Men/Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones level. It’s easily one of the top 5 shows going right now. Timothy Olyphant was born to be Raylan Givens. I am not sure there is any actor currently working that could play that role better than him. He would be great on his own, but Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder will steal scenes from him regularly. These actors, and the show, are starting to be recognized for their outstanding work. Both Goggins and Olyphant got Emmy nominations, and Margo Martindale won the Guest Actress Emmy for her work this past season. That’s a good start, but this show deserves to be measured among the best shows on television.
I definitely agree with what was said above. Without a doubt Justified is worthy to be in the ranks of Mad Men/Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones.
Steven Spielberg has two projects on the horizon that couldn’t possibly be more different. The first, Lincoln, tells the story of our 16th president and has lined up a brilliant ensemble cast that includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, Tim Blake Nelson, John Hawkes, Walton Goggins, David Strathairn and about a thousand other big names. Robopocalypse, on the other hand, is an adaptation of the novel by Daniel H. Wilson that explores a future in which the world has experienced a robot uprising. The movie have only two things in common: they’re both directed by Steven Spielberg, and the filmmaker recently spoke about both of them recently with Empire.
Beginning with Lincoln, the great director explained that the movie will only cover the last few months of Honest Abe’s life, but will include some of the most important events from his presidency. “I was interested in how he ended the war through all the efforts of his generals…but more importantly how he passed the 13th Amendment into constitutional law,” Spielberg said. “The Emancipation Proclamation was a war powers act and could have been struck down by any court after the war ended…But what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment – that story I’m excited to tell.”
Asked if the project could be compared to Amistad, the film about the slave ship that he directed in 1997, Spielberg said that the presidential biopic will be less “visual” and more “procedural.” Said the director, “It shows Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books…arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world.”
What you read below is courtesy of Variety and USAToday. 🙂
Nobody was having a harder time dealing with the heat of the afternoon than “Justified’s” Walton Goggins, who was sweating buckets as he made the rounds. But he wasn’t about to stop doing his duty because he’ll take any chance to talk up the show and the character, Boyd Crowder, that he loves so much. Although he’s as intense as it gets, Goggins loves the dark humor that the scribes inject to the character. And he loves doing that distinctive voice, which he credits to the inspiration of Elmore Leonard’s words. “Elmore Leonard is just so cool, and Timothy Olyphant is cool, and so when these words started coming out of my mouth I knew I had to find a way to make them sound cool, and poetic.”
Emmy winner Margo Martindale had a rooting section at the ceremony: her Justified colleagues. “Margo, Margo, Margo! We just screamed and jumped out of our seats,” said co-star Walton Goggins, also an Emmy nominee for the FX drama. “We couldn’t be happier. She has been working so long and it is like icing on the cake of her career.”
As for his character, Boyd Crowder, Goggins promises: “Boyd Crowder is going to get loud this year.”
Tim Appelo and Stacey Wilson of The Hollywood Reporter predict the shows and performers that will walk away with TV’s biggest honor.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Who Will: Walton Goggins. Alan Cumming is a comer on The Good Wife, Peter Dinklage rules Game of Thrones, but Goggins is deeper and better, and the academy knows it blew it by snubbing him on The Shield, and his time is now.
Who Should: Walton Goggins, though Dinklage wouldn’t break critics’ hearts if he stole it.
Fingers crossed! 😀
Paul Reubens, Chris Colfer and Rebecca Romijn are among the latest presenters named for the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the Television Academy announced on Monday.
Typically, the show pairs actors with a writer or showrunner. Colfer will appear with “Glee” writer Brad Falchuk and Romijn with Paul Scheer from “NTSF:SD:SUV.”
Other new pairings include Walton Goggins and Graham Yost (“Justified”), Priscilla Presley and Steve Binder (“Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special”) and H. Jon Benjamin and Adam Reed (“Archer”).
Reubens, the writer and star of “The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway,” was not paired with anyone in the announcement.
The Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Saturday, September 10 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Previously announced presenters include Jon Cryer and Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”), Alison Brie and Dan Harmon (“Community”), and Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett (“Survivor”).