Oct 31, 2020

News/Photos/Video: Walton Goggins is a hitman aiming for Santa in ‘Fatman’ Trailer

Oct 31, 2020

News/Photos/Video: Walton Goggins is a hitman aiming for Santa in ‘Fatman’ Trailer

AL.com — It’s Santa as you’ve never seen him before.

That sounds like a Hollywood cliche, but in this case, it’s true.

Mel Gibson plays Chris Cringle in “Fatman,” a dark comedy/action movie written and directed by the Nelms brothers, Eshom and Ian. In their twisted take, Gibson’s character is far from the jolly old elf of holiday lore.

This Santa is a gun-toting hellraiser who’s gruff, bitter and feeling mighty unappreciated. He decides to team up with the U.S. military — in a “one-time deal” — that gets complicated when Cringle is targeted by a hitman (played by Alabama native Walton Goggins). A spoiled rich kid (Chance Hurstfield) hires the assassin, seeking vengeance on Santa for gifting him with a lump of coal.

“Fatman” is currently set for release in theaters in mid-November. Tagline on the poster: “’Tis the season to get even.”

Aug 21, 2020

Press/Video: Walton Stars as John Bronco in New Mockumentary

Aug 21, 2020

Press/Video: Walton Stars as John Bronco in New Mockumentary

Driving.ca — If you’ve never heard of John Bronco, the legendary ’60s ad pitchman whose name Ford borrowed for its iconic off-roader, maybe its because he slipped completely under the radar after 1996 when the SUV was discontinued.

Or maybe it’s because humour website Funny or Die completely invented the fictional character and that back story for its new short film, a mockumentary called John Bronco.

The teaser trailer for the flick explains almost nothing, but that’s kind of a good thing. The producers were hoping to create some mystery around their protagonist, and the best way to do that is to say almost nothing at all.

What we do know is the full version of the film is 36 minutes long and stars Django Unchained actor Walton Goggins as John Bronco, with Tim Meadows, Bo Derek, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar making cameos.

The plot centers around John Bronco, who allegedly disappeared in 1996, and his being hired by Ford, first to race its “prototype SUV” in the 1966 Baja 1000, and then as a pitchman who would become the face of the new truck.

The film was supposed to be unveiled at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival in April, though for obvious reasons that never happened. The distributor, Imagine Documentaries, may still roll it out later this year, though.

Aug 21, 2020

Press/Interview: Catching Up with Walton Goggins (Garden&Gun Magazine)

Aug 21, 2020

Press/Interview: Catching Up with Walton Goggins (Garden&Gun Magazine)

The Georgia-raised actor on good cocktails, The Andy Griffith Show, and playing Southern right

GardenandGun.com — It’s a child’s game. Turn yourself over to an imaginary set of circumstances. Everything you need to know is in the script. Read it three hundred times. Walton Goggins says those are the simple keys to acting, wisdom he gleaned from studying with the acting coach Harry Mastrogeorge for a decade. Such lessons have paid off. Goggins has appeared in some of TV’s best, from the gritty dramas The Shield and Justified to the indelible HBO comedies Vice Principals and The Righteous Gemstones, which will return for a second season. On the big screen, he’s part of Quentin Tarantino’s stable, with memorable roles in Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. And last year, Goggins got his own series on CBS, The Unicorn, in which he plays a widower in Raleigh raising two daughters while trying to date again. CBS has renewed the show.

Born in Alabama, Goggins grew up in Georgia and moved to Hollywood at nineteen, working at LA Fitness and starting a valet parking business while taking acting classes and auditioning. Now forty-eight, he co-owns Mulholland Distilling with his friend Matthew Alper.

I first met with the actor over whiskey at Bar Stella in Los Angeles. In the midst of the pandemic, we caught up by phone and started by talking about our mutual obsession with The Andy Griffith Show.

Like Andy GriffithThe Unicorn takes place in North Carolina, and you even play a widower dad.

That’s right. I grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show in reruns. It was a seminal thing in my life. And I looked at it again in preparation for The Unicorn. In fact, my son started watching it with me.

Has it aged well?
The people who made that show were really putting something wonderful into the world. It’s unapologetic in its earnestness and sadness, but it’s also uplifting. I saw that and thought, “Why can’t we do that in the year 2020 on network television? We can do that.”

How did the South impact your career? 

I never appreciated my culture and my people until I moved out here away from it. All of a sudden, the things that I wanted to get away from became very important. My accent gave me an opportunity to sustain myself. At first, there were just roles playing dumb hicks. It’s no different than an Italian actor from New York who moves to Los Angeles— you’re going to play a mafioso. And if you’re from the South, you’re going to play a redneck. Those parts gave me enough free time to study. Once I started getting some power, I made movies with Ray McKinnon, who’s from Georgia. We did stories about our childhoods and what the South meant to us. We started with The Accountant, a short released in 2001, and it won an Academy Award.

You took playing a redneck to another dimension as Boyd Crowder on Justified, which was set in Kentucky.

Boyd allowed me to give a platform to people from rural America. I wanted them to see a person who, without an education, was the smartest guy in the room. Those were the people who I knew growing up. So often people from different regions in this country are reduced to a very narrow interpretation. I wanted to blow that out of the water and to make people proud, in a way.


Whiskey became an important part of that show. Is that what inspired you to start Mulholland Distilling?

Well, I’m not going to sell toothpaste, you know? And I’m not really good at selling anything. But I am good at living my life in a certain way, and I think people from the South by and large have to sign a contract when you’re born that when you’re of age, you have to have a sundowner at night. When my friend Matthew Alper, who was one of the best cameramen in the business, said he wanted to start distilling, I said, I’d like to go on this journey with you.

It seems to come naturally.

I love drinking with people, and I’ve done it all over the world. Sneaking a beer with some Indians outside of Jaipur during the week of Holi. Having a glass of wine in Namibia when I was doing Tomb Raider, hanging out with members of the Himba tribe on the Angolan border. I love imbibing with people, hearing their stories.

What makes a great cocktail?

Simplicity. It’s like the best George Jones song—three chords and the truth. For me, it’s whatever liquor I choose, a simple syrup, and citrus. I do love a martini as well.

In 1997, you appeared in Robert Duvall’s movie The Apostle, about a Pentecostal preacher. What did you learn from him?

Authenticity. To not talk down to your audience. To be truthful with the story that you’re trying to tell and the place that you’re trying to tell it from. He also taught me to have fun with storytelling. And Bobby loves the South.

You play his assistant, Sam, and when Duvall’s character gets arrested, Sam becomes a born-again Christian. Your performance of that moment is stunning. How much of your conversion was in Duvall’s script?

Bobby is a dear friend and a mentor, but I can safely say that none of that was on the page of the script he wrote. When we got back to Los Angeles after shooting, he took me to lunch. “Son,” he said, “I don’t know if acting is what you want to do for the rest of your life, but it should be because you feel deeply. You can’t manufacture that. It’s either in you or it isn’t. What you did in that scene made my story.” That’s the biggest compliment I could ever receive from anyone, let alone my hero. I was twenty-four years old, and he changed my life.

Whom did you look up to growing up? 

Burt Reynolds. Burt made movies in Atlanta, and I remember when Sharky’s Machine was being filmed in the Peachtree Plaza downtown. That was extraordinary to me. He was a real folk hero—an icon, man, to people from the South.

On Vice Principals, your character was a conniving high school administrator named Lee Russell, which sounds like a Southern name.

Yeah, “Lee Russell,” absolutely. I loved making Vice Principals. The creators, Danny McBride and Jody Hill, are from Virginia and North Carolina. The executive producer and director, David Gordon Green, is from Texas. There’s this shared kind of sense of humor that is part and parcel of being from where we’re from. Nobody makes me laugh the way somebody from the South can make me laugh.

This article appears in the August/September 2020 issue of  Garden & Gun.

Aug 4, 2020

Press/Video: ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ Adaptation Official Trailer + Release Date

Aug 4, 2020

Press/Video: ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ Adaptation Official Trailer + Release Date

Deadline.com — LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have reteamed to release of the feature adaptation of Julia Walton’s YA Novel Words on Bathroom Walls. The teen drama is set to debut nationwide August 7 and marks the first theatrical release for both companies since the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Thor Freudenthal (Carnival Row, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and adapted by Nick Naveda, Words on Bathroom Walls follows Adam (Charlie Plummer), a young adult with raging hormones that has dreams of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year, Adam is diagnosed with mental illness that he keeps secret at his new school. Living in constant fear of being exposed, Adam finds a connection with Maya (Taylor Russell), an outspoken and fiercely intelligent girl who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. With the love and support of his newfound romance and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead.

“We are extremely proud to be telling this timely story about finding connectedness in the people who lift us up and accept us for who we are,” said LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon in a join statement. “We love this movie, beautifully adapted from Julia Walton’s YA novel, with magnetic chemistry between Charlie Plummer and Taylor Russell that will be remembered for years to come. We were thrilled to have The Chainsmokers come on board after they connected with the story, and their original score brings a deeply personal and elevated touch. We shared the finished film with our friends at Roadside Attractions to see if it was time to get back to business. We both agreed it was and have committed to the August 7th release date!”

Roadside Attractions’ Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff added, “It’s an emotional film that appeals to the YA audience. And that audience is the demo that will return first to theatres. So, when LD Entertainment came to us to discuss releasing the film theatrically in less than two months’ time, we were up for the challenge. Under the right conditions, moviegoers have indicated their desire to return to the theatres in July. Exhibition has listened and committed the resources to ensure a safe experience. At this specific point in time, we have hit the Trifecta — a great film, a great partnership and great industry indicators. No one can predict the future, but we are all-in to make it a success in this current environment.”

The film also stars Andy Garcia, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devon Bostick, Lobo Sebastian, with Molly Parker and Walton Goggins. Freudenthal produces with Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon. Executive producers are Jennifer Monroe, Scott Holroyd, Alison Semenza King, Michael Glassman, and Kick the Habit Productions’ Alexander Pall, Andrew Taggart, Adam Alpert, and Dan Marcus. The film marks the first original score by The Chainsmokers who worked with Andrew Hollander.

Aug 2, 2020

Press: ‘The Unicorn’ Renewed at CBS

Aug 2, 2020

Press: ‘The Unicorn’ Renewed at CBS

TVSeriesFinale.com — Fans of The Unicorn won’t be disappointed. CBS just announced they’ve renewed the TV show for a second season for the 2020-21 broadcast season.

The Unicorn comedy series stars Walton Goggins as Wade, a widower and single parent who finds he is a hot commodity when he begins dating again. The cast also includes Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Omar Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson, Ruby Jay, Makenzie Moss, and Devin Bright.

The first season of The Unicorn, which wrapped in March, averaged a 0.71 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.66 million viewers. Though it underperformed when compared to CBS’ established Thursday night comedies, The Unicorn is among the top CBS TV shows for the 2019-20 broadcast season.

Dec 8, 2019

Walton Nominated for Critics’ Choice Award!

Dec 8, 2019

Walton Nominated for Critics’ Choice Award!

Shortly after the Golden Globes, the critics will also have their say. The nominations for this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards were announced on Sunday. And as it turns out our guy Walton was nominated for Best Actor In A Comedy Series for The Unicorn! Congratulations Walton! So proud of you!

The show will air Live on Sunday, January 12th, 2020 on The CW Network.

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ted Danson – The Good Place
Walton GogginsThe Unicorn
Bill Hader – Barry
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Paul Rudd – Living with Yourself
Bashir Salahuddin – Sherman’s Showcase
Ramy Youssef – Ramy

Dec 8, 2019

Video: ‘Three Christs’ Official Trailer

Dec 8, 2019

Video: ‘Three Christs’ Official Trailer

HeyYouGuys.com — IFC films have launched a rather compelling trailer for Jon Avnet’s real-life story ‘Three Christs featuring Richard Gere.

Based on a remarkable true story, ‘Three Christs’ is a look at one man’s journey into the deepest mysteries of the human mind.

Directed by Avnet from a script he co-wrote alongside Eric Nazarian, the film stars Peter Dinklage, Walter Goggins and Bradley Whitford who all believe they are Jesus Christ.

The film hits US cinemas and On Demand January 10th 2020.

In 1959, psychiatrist Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) arrives at a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan armed with the radical belief that schizophrenic patients should be treated not with confinement and electroshock therapy but with empathy and understanding.

As his first study, he takes on the particularly challenging case of three men—Joseph (Peter Dinklage), Leon (Walton Goggins), and Clyde (Bradley Whitford)—each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. Hoping that by getting them together in the same room to confront their delusions he can break through to them.

Dr. Stone begins a risky, unprecedented experiment that will push the boundaries of psychiatric medicine and leave everyone involved—including Dr. Stone himself— profoundly changed.

Nov 30, 2019

Photos: September & November Public Appearances

Nov 30, 2019

Photos: September & November Public Appearances

Hey guys! Sorry for the radio silence with updates. The last two months have been stressful and I was dealing with health and family issues offline in the real world, so everything online took a backseat. While I was away Walton attended 3 new events in November and visited 2 talk shows from back in September while promoting The Unicorn. All of which I’ve added photos from into our gallery. You can check some previews out below:



Sep 24, 2019

The Unicorn’s Walton Goggins Revisits His Most Memorable Roles, From The Shield to Sons of Anarchy

Sep 24, 2019

The Unicorn’s Walton Goggins Revisits His Most Memorable Roles, From The Shield to Sons of Anarchy

TVGuide.com — You may know Walton Goggins from his Emmy-nominated turn as charismatic outlaw Boyd Crowder on FX’s modern Western Justified. You may also know him from his seven-season stint as the flawed cop Shane Vendrell on the groundbreaking drama The Shield. Or you may know him as one of the many other memorable characters he’s brought to life over the years: Venus Van Dam (Sons of Anarchy), Chris Mannix (The Hateful Eight), Lee Russell (Vice Principals), Sonny Burch (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Nathan Miller (Deep State), or “Baby” Billy Freeman (The Righteous Gemstones). The list goes on and on and on.

Regardless of where you know Goggins from — and trust us, you definitely know him from somewhere — you’ve experienced the actor’s impressive, somewhat hypnotic ability to make viewers feel for even the most flawed or complicated of characters. He doesn’t set out to do it — quite the opposite actually — it’s just something that happens.

But Goggins, who it should go without saying is nothing like the morally gray men he is most famous for playing, is leaving those roles behind, at least for now. This fall, Goggins is taking on the starring role in CBS’s new sitcom The Unicorn as a widower stepping back into the world a year after losing his wife.

“[The Unicorn is] kind and … earnest, and I think that this character and this show wear [their hearts on their sleeves],” Goggins told TV Guide of the show and its overwhelmingly compassionate message. “I think we need that in the world right now.”

As he prepares to lead this heartfelt new comedy on the most-watched network, the versatile actor takes a stroll down memory lane and looks back at some of the roles that got him to where he is today before previewing what’s to come.

SHANE VENDRELL, THE SHIELD

A not insignificant portion of Goggins’ television career has been spent appearing on FX prestige dramas. This fruitful relationship began when he first stepped into the shoes of Strike Team member Shane Vendrell on The Shield, a critically beloved drama about corrupt cops starring Michael Chiklis that ran from 2002 to 2008 and put FX on the map in terms of scripted programming.

“The Sopranos had been out, and we came on six months later and told a story that, on some level, vilified police officers right after 9/11, when police officers were running upstairs to save lives,” Goggins recalled of the early days of the show. “The people in charge questioned whether or not that was a good thing to do, but ultimately, I think it asked the question that we’re still answering today, and that is, what are we willing to accept from our law enforcement in pursuit of our own security? What does that mean? What [is] the price of protection or feeling safe, what does that really mean? I think we’re all so very proud of [The Shield] and what it ultimately had to say.”

The Shield ran for seven seasons, culminating in what many critics consider to be one of the best series finales of all time. Its longevity meant that Shane, whose lengthy list of offenses came to include betraying and killing his friend and fellow team member Lem (Kenny Johnson) and eventually poisoning his wife and son before turning the gun on himself, was the first character Goggins had the opportunity to get close to as an actor, and as such Shane remains a big part of his life.

“I think about his journey often,” revealed Goggins. “He was a very complicated guy, but he was never self-serving; he thought he was servicing the person that ran this entire operation. And while on paper he’s easy to vilify … the price that he ultimately pays, I think, more than compensates for anything that he ever did in his life. I think he’s one of the great, tragic characters in television, to be quite honest with you. I think his journey is so, so unbelievably bittersweet.”

When asked if he’d have changed anything about the character or his journey, Goggins definitively said that he would not. Had Shane survived, the actor explained, it would have likely brought him great anxiety and pain to imagine what the character was doing now. “There was something about the finality of how ugly that [ending] was and the decision that he made for his family and how selfish that was that [it] allowed me to just make peace with it and to let him go,” Goggins said.

Still, Goggins remains best friends with much of the cast (he attended Chiklis’ birthday party the weekend before our interview) and those relationships, now quickly approaching the two-decade mark, are still vitally important to him. “The relationships that I made over the course of that show, with everyone on it, to have that stable of friends this long after that experience has been one of the most important things in my life,” said Goggins. “I never knew about community from an artistic point of view before that experience. I didn’t know that it would be that deep.” Continue Reading →

Sep 24, 2019

Walton Goggins plays a babe magnet in ‘The Unicorn’

Sep 24, 2019

Walton Goggins plays a babe magnet in ‘The Unicorn’

NYPost.com — Nothing on Walton Goggins’ résumé suggests that he’s the perfect guy to play “The Unicorn,” the new CBS comedy about a widower with two adolescent daughters who becomes a babe magnet.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a unicorn is the perfect single guy: employed, attractive, with a proven track record of commitment. A full head of hair doesn’t hurt, either.

Goggins, 47, snared an Emmy nomination in 2011 for playing outlaw Boyd Crowder on FX’s “Justified,” a role he had for five years. He also played detective Shane Vendrell on “The Shield.”

In between, donned a pair of vinyl chaps to play transgender hooker Venus Van Dam on “Sons of Anarchy” in 2012. (“I’m the belle that doesn’t tell,” she cooed.)

Goggins is very aware that when it comes to comedy, he’s a stranger in a strange land, but reveals that CBS network executive David Nevins suggested him for the role of Wade Felton.

Executive producer Bill Martin tells The Post,” When we sat down with Walton, we had no idea what to expect given the roles we’d seen him play. We all wanted someone who wasn’t glib or slick in any way, someone who was so good-hearted that you’d immediately believe his friends would rally around him and root for him. As soon as he started talking about the character, it was clear that he understood that and embraced that. The fact that he was funny as hell was just gravy.”

Although Goggins was “really taken” with the script, he asked for one substantial change — to switch the production from multicamera in front of a studio audience to a single camera on a soundstage.

“For me to go in front of a live audience and tell this story about a man who lost his wife to cancer and has two daughters, I don’t know that I could have pulled that off,” Goggins tells The Post. “Somebody else could have done it in a minute. I think it needed that space, that improvisation, for it to feel like a film. We talked and I said, ‘Let’s go do this.’ I’m going to lean into the sadness. I’m not going to shy away from that, but I promise you it will be funny.”

“The Unicorn” is based on the real-life experience of Grady Cooper, a friend of show creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. Cooper was the caregiver to his terminally ill wife while raising their two daughters. After a period of mourning, he came “out of the weeds,” according to Martin, and started sharing stories that suggested a TV show.

“My wife said, ‘So it’s funny that his wife is dead?’ I said, ‘That’s not what’s funny about it,’?” says Schiff. “What really appealed to us was a real serious issue because that’s what life is. Life is not tragic or funny. It’s both, at all times.”

Goggins, who is married with one son, knows other men who’ve been in the same situation as Cooper — namely himself. His first wife, Leanne Goggins, died in 2004 (he ultimately got remarried, to writer Nadia Conners in 2011), but he doesn’t talk about it. He will only say obliquely of men like himself, “They did it, they just kind of made their way.” Like the supporting characters on “The Unicorn,” the widowers’ friends introduced them to women to get them dating again. “They became hot commodities; yeah.”

Goggins would never describe himself that way, of course. “I’m a 3-miler,” he says.

What’s that? “It means you look good from 3 miles away,” he says, laughing. “I believe I am sexy .?.?. I am a very curious person. That’s what I find attractive in other people. Beauty is skin-deep. What we find attractive in other people changes the older we get.”

If “The Unicorn” catches on with viewers, Goggins is aware that people might attribute Wade Felton’s qualities to him. He’s ready for whatever comes.

“I’ve been around a long time, and given the roles I’ve played you can bet I’ve met a lot of nutty followers,” he says. “But I love them, man. I’m stopped on the street all the time. I don’t have a passive fan. You’re either a fan of what I do or you’re NOT a fan of what I do.

“I have no attachment to the outcome either way.”