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Getting ‘Justified’ With Brother Boyd

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One of actor Walton Goggins’ earliest moments on stage came at a Georgia hog-calling competition when he was just 10 years old.

“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.
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And yet, reincarnation is exactly what happened to Goggins, whose bank-robbing Boyd went from shot dead at the end of the “Justified” pilot (which was also the conclusion of Elmore Leonard’s original short story, which the show is based on), to a recovered thorn in Kentucky lawman Raylan Givens’ side in the hit cable drama.

“We knew we had something special,” says “Justified” showrunner Graham Yost about Goggins’ casting. “Then FX said, ‘Guys, what’s coming out of testing is that people are disappointed when he dies, that they think he’s a great foil for Raylan. Could we keep him alive?’ We said, ‘That’s a no-brainer.’ ”

Goggins’ magnetic villainy and ability to keep you guessing as to Boyd’s motives gave the writers the ideal counterweight to Timothy Olyphant’s good-guy cool. His work didn’t just light up the screen, it inspired the writers.

“Not only do Raylan and Boyd have a history, but the fact that Raylan can see through Boyd, and Boyd knew that, led us into a new part of the story for us that wasn’t in the Elmore short story,” says Yost. “The big arc became Raylan and Boyd. As soon as we landed on it, it just opened up so many ideas for stories and gave a coherence to our first season.”

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“Justified” toasted at the L.A. Times Primetime Emmy Screening Series


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Coming off of its highly successful and critically lauded first season, the creators and cast of “Justified” were invited for a special screening and Q&A at the Chinese Mann Theater on June 10, 2010. Attending were executive producers Graham Yost and Elmore Leonard, along with director Michael Dinner and cast members Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins.

It was a night of high excitement and jubilation as the pilot episode was specially screened before Emmy voters and fans alike. While the fans were clearly ecstatic, it was hard to say who was more happy to be there: Walton Goggins who plays Boyd Crowder on “Justified” or Elmore Leonard, world renown author of the short story “Fire in the Hole” that inspired the television series, for both beamed throughout the presentation with obvious glee and pride. More sedate and calmly sipping his wine was star Timothy Olyphant who also clearly relished the lavish praise the show has earned.

During the Q&A, Elmore Leonard was quick to share that when he first read the pilot script, his immediate thought was “god, this is really good!” He also said he was not displeased by the fact that they changed the original story ending either, as the choice to not kill off Boyd Crowder has turned out to be one of the more captivating continuing storylines of the entire series. The wayward former White Supremist turned religious convert and evangelist is a role of a lifetime and Walton Goggins was relished every moment portraying such a complex and intriguing character. Continue reading

Walton on Justified’s Most Intriguing Character!

In a teleconference Q&A session at the beginning of this first season of FX’s Justified [Tuesdays, 10/9C], I had the opportunity to ask Walton Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder, a couple of questions and found him to be articulate and witty. As a result, I requested an opportunity for a bit of one-on-one time with Goggins and the result was a lot of fun.

I’ve just finished screening the episodes that FX sent out, so I’m not the most prepared I’ve ever been.

Walton Goggins: Do you have a timeline? Do you need to do this today?

I finished the last ep about five minutes ago.

Goggins: And that would be?

The Hammer. The one with the combustible meth lab. So, yeah, I think I’m good. Let’s just do this while the eps are fresh in my mind.

Goggins: What did you think about the episode?

I thought it was great – but first let me congratulate you on becoming a series regular for season two.

Goggins: Thank you.Yeah, it’s very exciting!

When did you find out?

Goggins: We had been talking about it for a while, during the season, but I couldn’t commit because I was in negotiations for a few other things – and it came back around to my realizing that I’m on a show that I absolutely love doing; a character that challenges me, by the minute, on a network that is my home as an artist in a lot of ways. So it just made sense all the way around.

When we talked as part of the Q&A at the beginning of the season, you talked about how the pilot was shot with Boyd dying – how testing suggested that Boyd was a character who should be around – and you mentioned Timothy Olyphant‘s suggestion that Boyd would be too smart to be a racist @$$hole.

Goggins: Well, actually, I did not want to do Boyd as a racist @$$hole. Because I don’t believe that Boyd necessarily believes everything that he’s saying. Then Tim came up with the line – which was so wonderful – “I don’t believe that you believe anything you’re saying. I just think you like to blow $#!+ up.” Continue reading

What’s Next for Raylan and Boyd?

*Spoilers for those who haven’t seen the finale.
Few were left standing at the end of Justified’s bloody first-season finale, but among the survivors was Walton Goggins’ Boyd Crowder, a character who has escaped death twice this season.

In the finale, Boyd, who was originally intended to die in the pilot, survived a shootout between his friend/nemesis Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and two Miami drug-cartel assassins. Even though Raylan spent much of the second half of the season trying to put Boyd back in jail after he blew up a meth lab, he still lets Boyd give chase to an assassin instead of bringing him in.

“We hadn’t planned that the arc would be about Raylan and Boyd, but that became apparent when we decided to keep Boyd alive,” creator and executive producer Graham Yost tells TVGuide.com. “We knew the bad relationship would help form the spine of the season. Heading into the finale we knew we wanted to both resolve some things, get some answers, and yet throw open more questions.

“The big question is, ‘What’s going to happen with Boyd, what’s Raylan going to do?'” Yost continues. “He’s implicated in the murder of a confidential informant from the meth lab, but he has been, in his strange Boyd way, fighting a good fight to try to stop his father from bringing evil to Harlan. So what does Raylan do?”

In truth, Raylan could ask himself that question about many of his relationships. Also in the finale, Raylan learned that his ex-wife, Winona (Natalie Zea), had kicked her new husband out of the house, but Raylan still went to great lengths to protect current squeeze Ava (Joelle Carter). Continue reading

Walton Talks Justified’s Season Finale


So, that happened. In other words, MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD if you have yet to watch the first season finale of ‘Justified.’

Seriously, HUMONGOUS SPOILER ALERT!

Still here? Then you already know who bit the dust last night — Boyd Crowder’s (Walton Goggins) wily papa Bo (M.C. Gainey). And you saw how Boyd, the show’s resident scene stealer, reacted to Bo’s brutal murder of Boyd’s religious cohorts, which seemed to prove that Boyd had been sincere about the born-again proclamation he sprung on Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and the rest of Harlan County’s denizens after his brief incarceration earlier in the season.

Goggins, who, we have to reiterate, so deserves an Emmy nod for his ‘Justified’ role (and will be among the contenders for a nomination in the Guest Actor in a Drama category … he becomes a series regular in season 2), talked to TV Squad before the finale, and shared his thoughts on Bo’s death, Boyd finding — and maybe losing? — his religion and where his recent losses might lead him in season 2.

So, Bo’s dead, and not by Boyd’s hand …
How crazy was that? And after the beating [that Bo ordered Crowder cousin Johnny to administer to Boyd]. Did that make you feel for Boyd?

Oh yeah, definitely. But I felt for Boyd several times throughout the season. The biggest was when he went back to camp and found his men dead, hanging from the trees. His reaction, and that he cut them down and buried each one of them … you could see he was crushed. And it was the first definite bit of evidence as to what his motivations really are. He cared about those men, and didn’t take lightly that they had pledged their loyalty and trust to him.
Exactly! That is exactly it. It’s between that moment, and a question that Boyd asks a few scenes later, when he says to Raylan, ‘Do you believe in God?’ He asks Raylan that question. And I think that’s the first question that Boyd asks over the course of the entire season — ever — maybe ever in his life — where he doesn’t know the answer to it. He genuinely doesn’t know. And so, for me, that was a clear indication of where his heart was along this whole first season.

Now that his father is dead, will it be freeing for Boyd, or will he be in even more turmoil, trying to figure out who he is without this imposing figure there?
I think he has to figure out who he is without his father’s presence there, both physically and metaphysically. Both his fathers, I think, are dead in his eyes … one being his earthly father, and the other being his spiritual father. I don’t know where this guy goes from here.

A person who has a world view like Boyd Crowder’s … I don’t know what they do when their foundation — a person whose foundation is rarely, if ever, rocked — gets rocked. It may change, but he’s able to transfer this weighty foundation … he’s always grounded in some truth or another that he’s able to live out, that gives him a purpose for living. And now, all of that’s been taken away. Everything has been taken away.

I suppose he will continue his journey. I don’t know if he’s going to become a Buddhist or [laughs], you know, if he will go back into a life of crime, or if he will be against all things spiritual. I don’t know if he will give up his faith in spirituality or humanity … I just don’t know what will happen with this guy. That’s what so interesting … all these unanswered questions, and it could go anywhere.

Have you started work at all on season 2?
No, no we haven’t. We’ve had some initial discussions about it, but we’re all just kind of letting [the first season] settle and see how it plays out.

Boyd is a leader, too, so it’s tough to imagine he’ll be kept down, however he decides to proceed next season.
Boyd is a natural-born leader. I think his actions, in many ways, were the same. He was engaging in the same kind of behavior, post-incarceration, but his motivations for doing it were different. And when a man feels righteous, there is no limit to what he is capable of doing. Now, all that’s been taken away from him. So, I guess I would end this interview with a big question mark. [Laughs]

source: tvsquad.com

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