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Be sure to check out Walton’s interview in its entirety over at Collider.com
Question: What can you say about your character in this film? WALTON GOGGINS: I play one of the coolest cowboys. I play Billy Crash, who’s the chief overseer on the Candie Land plantation, owned by Calvin Candie, who is played by Leonardo [DiCaprio]. Calvin has a penchant for watching Mandingos, or black men, fight, and it’s a violent fight to the death. I’m his Mandigo fight trainer, extraordinaire. He’s a ruthless guy. He’s a tough motherfucker. But, he’s also really cool.
How did you prepare for this role? GOGGINS: Getting comfortable with the gun. It’s a big part of who he is. Quentin calls this movie a Southern, but part of it is a real Western. I’m very lucky that Billy Crash is one of the main antagonists, in the Western scope of the movie. So, I had to get really, really good with my gun ‘cause this guy is one of the fastest draws in the west, and he’s smooth. Your personality is dictated by how you hold and holster your weapon, and what you do with it, in between, so I spent a lot of time on that. I also spent a lot of time thinking about his walk and the way that he stands. I wanted to infuse this man who does these barbaric things and have him stand very elegantly. When you put that gear on, you just walk a certain way. I thought it was really cool.
How did this movie fit in with your Justified schedule? GOGGINS: I did Lincoln in the Fall, while we were working [on the show]. John Landgraf at FX and Graham [Yost] really wanted it to happen for me, so they were very accommodating. That happens, from time to time, on shows. They were going to accommodate this too, but it got pushed a little bit. We wrapped on March 1st, and this started afterwards. The thing about cable, that you’re not afforded in network, is that we do 13 episodes, so we work five months out of the year. I have seven months to do movies, and I love both. I love going to work every day. I love my show. I love Boyd Crowder. I don’t want to leave that. But, I love telling stories in this format, too.
Among all the sci-fi and superhero hoopla of San Diego Comic-Con, it was a western that caused one of the most formidable stirs in Hall H. However, Django Unchained, the latest film from cinephile-turned-master-director Quentin Tarantino, is no ordinary western. Having spoken with the unique film’s star Jamie Foxx, it seemed only sporting to reload questions and see how quick on the draw Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, and Walton Goggins could be in the post-panel roundtable interviews.
Walton Goggins: “I got down to New Orleans and started bonding with some of the guys, some of the black actors. We started hanging out, had a lot of friends in common. And then comes your first day of work, and…you have to say these things and do these things. While liberal Walton didn’t have anything to apologize for, I began every take with an apology. These are my friends. It’s not easy — it’s awful to say these things. But you’re in the service of something much greater than yourself. You’re telling a piece of history that is the biggest blight on our history as a country. It needs to be retold, and I’m a part of that.”
The western is one of the oldest genres in cinema, it means different things to different people, and the cast of Django Unchained certainly runs the entire spectrum with their feelings on the subject.
According to CinemaBlend.com Walton is set to absorb Kur Russell’s role in Quentin Tarantino’s new film ‘Django Unchained’ which Walton was already apart of. You can read more below!
It was disheartening to hear last night that both Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen had dropped out of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, each for their own, slightly unclear reasons. Baron Cohen was busy promoting his new comedy The Dictator, but Russell’s departure was even more mysterious, especially since he’d been cast in the relatively large role of Ace Woody, a vicious employee of Leonardo DiCaprio’s evil slaveowner character Calvin Candie.
Russell had already replaced Kevin Costner in the role, but with Django already shooting and set for December 25 release this year, it was unclear how someone could step in and replace him so quickly. But Ain’t It Cool reports it’s not nearly so complicated or dramatic. In true Tarantino fashion, the script is changing and evolving even as shooting happens, and Russell’s role changed to the point that Walton Goggins, who plays another nasty overseer, will basically absorb the part. It seems clear that Russell did indeed quit, but their sources say he didn’t storm off the set, and his departure had nothing to do with Sacha Baron Cohen leaving as well.
With so many actors in the cast, it seems clear that not everybody would have as much time to shine as they probably deserved– and Tarantino, whose films are always long and overstuffed anyway, seemed pretty likely to have written a script that was too long and busy for so many actors. So while Russell will be missed, fans of Goggins’s work on Justified will probably be thrilled to see more of him– and given the stunning cast Tarantino still has on board, there is still plenty more for the rest of us to enjoy, with or without Snake Plissken.