Feb 9, 2011

Collider.com’s Exclusive Interview with Walton

Feb 9, 2011

Collider.com’s Exclusive Interview with Walton


The popular and critically acclaimed FX drama series Justified, developed by Graham Yost and based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, returns for its highly anticipated Season 2 on February 9th. Fresh off the epic gun battle that concluded Season 1, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) must now face off against the criminal organizations that are moving in to fill the void left by the removal of the Crowder family’s criminal grip on Harlan County. One such foe is Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale), whose family has been the biggest pot farmers in Eastern Kentucky for generations, and which has undoubtedly led to their long-standing feud with Raylan’s family. Also returning this season is Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), one of the most fascinating and complex characters currently on television. Boyd is Raylan’s long-time friend and ultimate nemesis who is trying to prove to everyone, including himself, that he can reform his past extremist ways.

During a recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Walton Goggins talked about the appeal of playing the intriguing and often morally ambiguous Boyd Crowder, how his character is starting to find some balance from his past behavior, and how much he enjoys learning about Boyd at the same time the character is learning about himself. He also talked about his roles in the upcoming feature films Cowboys & Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau and due out in theaters on July 29th, and Straw Dogs, also starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, and Alexander Skarsgard. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Question: How did this role come about for you? Was there any hesitation in doing another television series, so close to the end of The Shield?
WALTON GOGGINS:
There was a lot of hesitation, yeah. My first reaction was, “No,” first and foremost because it was so close to The Shield, and secondly because, after what the critics had done for me and the things that were said about that show, I did not want to sully that with asking people to accept me in another role, and certainly a role that could have been as controversial as Boyd [Crowder]. You don’t say those things about Jews without generating some ire. And so, therefore, I just said, “No, I’m not going to be seen in that way. These people have been too good to me.” But, we talked about it and talked about it and talked about it, and I thought, “You know, if we can do it right and you guys will let me do this role the way that I want to do it, then we may have something special and the critics may actually dig it. Just seeing something so radically different than Shane, so soon, might be a blessing and not a curse.” Continue Reading →

Feb 6, 2011

Walton discusses ‘Justified’ with HitFix.com

Feb 6, 2011

Walton discusses ‘Justified’ with HitFix.com

There’s a rich TV drama tradition of characters who are supposed to die in pilot episodes who prove so popular that they’re resurrected between the time the pilot is shot and when it airs. On “Hill Street Blues,” beat cops Hill & Renko were supposed to die a stunning death in a shooting, but the characters proved so likable that they were just badly wounded. In the “ER” pilot, Carol Hathaway’s suicide attempt was supposed to succeed, but the producers realized Julianna Margulies added a valuable ingredient and let the ER docs save her.

And on FX’s “Justified,” Raylan Givens was supposed to kill his old friend Boyd Crowder, just as he did in “Fire in the Hole,” the Elmore Leonard short story on which it was based. But producer Graham Yost saw that “The Shield” alum Walton Goggins was so magnetic as Boyd that it would be a waste to kill him – and Leonard, often irked when adaptations deviate too much from his work, approved.

As Boyd, a demolitions expert, onetime white supremacist and religious leader, and a born liar – even he’s not sure sometimes whether he believes the ridiculous things he says – Goggins is every bit the charismatic equal of Timothy Olyphant as Raylan, and he’s again memorable as the series returns for its new season Wednesday night at 10.

Goggins is also a very smart, articulate guy (he produced the Oscar-winning short film “The Accountant” back in 2001), so I was eager to talk to him at press tour a few weeks ago. We spoke about the evolution of Boyd, his contributions to that, and also quite a bit about what happened to his character at the end of “The Shield,” so read at your own peril if you haven’t seen that finale but intend to one day.

(Also note that I had to cut out a number of exchanges about things Boyd does in the first three episodes of the new season, so there may be a few abrupt transitions in the transcript.)

Am I going crazy, or has Boyd’s accent evolved over time?
It has evolved over time because he’s evolved over time. In the pilot, I wanted this guy to love words. I wanted him to love words and I wanted him to wrap his mouth around words. And there was one scene early on that I just started playing with and kind of tweaking. And Graham let me have carte blanche, gave me autonomy with this guy. And in the pilot I was able to introduce this guy in the way he sees the words by saying, in the middle of his speech, “Well you, know we were talking about this target and it was an innocuous target, you know what that means? That means harmless.” And Boyd was a showman. He was a bigger than life kind of showman in that pilot episode. And then when they came back and they said, “Would you stay?” I said, “If we can do something else, because a guy has a near-death experience, then he’s going to find God, you go to God and you’re going to experience a high level of humility.” And so with that we were able to bring him back and make him very quiet and very humble. Those next 4 episodes for him (when Goggins was busy filming “Predators”), I was just able to pop in for a scene here and there, but he was very quiet. And then once he found his next stage, he was really able to start to get big again and more precise because the message was more precise and the Bible was more precise. He wasn’t quoting himself; he was quoting the Bible. And this season… he’s just kind of in a spiritual turmoil. And he doesn’t really understand any of it. He’s just trying to be known. He’s looking for nothing and that’s dangerous. So his voice would reflect that. Continue Reading →

Feb 5, 2011

Walton Says ‘Justified’ Is About To Get Intense

Feb 5, 2011

Walton Says ‘Justified’ Is About To Get Intense

When “Justified” premiered on FX, a lot of viewers were just excited to see Walton Goggins back on TV after “The Shield.” “Justified” quickly earned its own audience and Goggins made guest appearances as the show found its legs. “Justified” returns for season two on Feb. 9 and Boyd Crowder is back full time. I caught up with Goggins at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association in January for the scoop.

Q: Are you back as a featured character this year or the same number of appearances as last year?

WG: No, no, I’m back. It’s my show now with Tim. Yeah, it’s both of us. I’m signed on for good. It’s good.

Q: So how does that change the role and the commitment for you?

WG: Well, the commitment will be I can’t do another movie simultaneously. They kind of bought me, I’m there. I think it’s going to allow for the relationship between Raylan and Boyd to really take off and become more nuanced and complicated.

Q: Movies aside though, is that what you wanted all along?

WG: It is what I wanted, yeah. I think it’s what these two characters deserve.

Q: Are they sort of reflections of each other in a way?

WG: I think so, yeah. I don’t think Raylan can really exist without Boyd and Boyd can’t really exist without Raylan. They wear a similar hat, even though they look different on the surface. Continue Reading →

Jan 29, 2011

NYTimes: A Son of the South With Many Accents

Jan 29, 2011

NYTimes: A Son of the South With Many Accents


Timothy Olyphant may embody the steely-eyed, white-hatted hero on “Justified,” the backwoods crime drama on FX based on stories by Elmore Leonard, but Walton Goggins supplies the show’s tortured soul.

His character, Boyd Crowder, began the series, which returns for its second season on Feb. 9, as a seemingly psychotic white supremacist. But as the show progressed, an apparent spiritual awakening led the character to break with his father, a crime boss, and, in the season finale, save his on-again, off-again adversary, played by Mr. Olyphant, in a climactic shootout.

Mr. Goggins grounded the pulpy twists with an understated portrayal that mixed the series’ florid dialogue with an unhinged ambiguity. Boyd’s motives were never entirely clear, and a character originally presented as a “stereotypical over-the-top redneck racist,” as Mr. Goggins put it, was revealed to be an intelligent manipulator and a cagey counterpoint to the United States marshal Raylan Givens, the protagonist, played by Mr. Olyphant.

The evolution happened on the fly. The original script killed off Boyd in the pilot, and when the producers decided to keep him around, Mr. Goggins helped them take the character beyond a stereotype. “I wasn’t interested in playing that person in the pilot,” he said. “I’m from the South — I’m not going to sell out my own culture for the sake of a television show.” Continue Reading →

Jan 19, 2011

Ask Ausiello: Who is Boyd getting romantic with? Find out!

Jan 19, 2011

Ask Ausiello: Who is Boyd getting romantic with? Find out!

I for one am very excited, as at the end of last season I suddenly wanted them together. And as Walton said, Boyd is very complex so seeing how he handles a relationship will be very interesting!

Question: Do you have any scoop on Justified? —Veronica
Ausiello: What if I told you that Boyd (Walton Goggins) was going to get romantically involved with his onetime sister-in-law Ava this season? Better yet, what if Goggins told you himself?! “It’s going to be an interesting relationship,” he says. “I talked [to the producers] about how Boyd would approach love, and how different that would be than Raylan. Boyd’s a really deep guy. He’s probably someone who would create a flower out of a napkin or just read poetry for hours.”

Jan 16, 2011

“Now he [Boyd] believes in nothing.” says Walton

Jan 16, 2011

“Now he [Boyd] believes in nothing.” says Walton

“Justified” creator Graham Yost said the second season of his show, which is based on an Elmore Leonard short story, will be more serialized and will center on a family feud as well as the idea of second chances.

Character actress Margo Martindale plays Mags Bennett, the matriarch at the center of the family feud between Raylan Givens’ family and hers.

“I’ll be 60 this summer, so it’s great to be able to be a villain at my age,” Martindale said during the panel.

Timothy Olyphant, who plays Raylan and thinks “people are crazy” for naming babies after his character, said that Leonard’s original story and the writers’ scripts make it easy for him to fill his character’s shoes.

“If the writing is good, it just makes your job easier,” he said. “When writing’s not good, it’s harder to memorize. It’s harder to figure out what you’re doing. I find the character rather complicated and quite surprising, and that makes it fun to do.”

This season, Raylan and his ex-wife, played by Natalie Zea, become entangled in an affair. And Boyd Crowder, played by Walton Goggins, struggles with the fact that he no longer believes in God.

“He finds order in the universe when he believes fervently in something, whether it’s Nazism, which is [terrible] or God,” Goggins said. “And now … after going down this road of believing in God in order to make sense out of the universe, now he believes in nothing. That’s really interesting because I don’t know how this guy acts believing in nothing. If you don’t have that kind of rigidity for a character like this, then it’s absolute chaos.”

If you missed the first season of “Justified,” you can catch up with DVDs that go on sale Tuesday.

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Jul 7, 2010

TVGUide’s Emmy Nominations Predictions, Walton the dark horse?

Jul 7, 2010

TVGUide’s Emmy Nominations Predictions, Walton the dark horse?

TVGuide has posted their predicted list of whom they believe will get the nod and be put up for a Emmy. Joel McHale (Community) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) will be announcing the names of this year’s Emmy nominations Thursday live at 8:40 a.m. ET.

Timothy Olyphant, Walton’s co-star is also considered the “Dark Horse” in the Best Actor category as well.

Best Supporting Actor

Dark Horse: Walton Goggins, Justified: White supremacist Boyd Crowder was meant to be a fleeting character on the series, but Goggins and Timothy Olyphant’s adversarial chemistry kept him around

Jul 3, 2010

The Making of Predators, Casting the Human Predators

Jul 3, 2010

The Making of Predators, Casting the Human Predators

Walton Goggins was cast as tattoo-covered, feral Walter Stans, a serial killer who thinks of himself as a rock star. “Walt has an energy that allows him to be funny in one moment, terrifying in the next,” says Antal. “You’re laughing with him and then you’re afraid of him. Every time Walt was on camera, all I could see was the crew slowly coming behind the monitors to watch him play. You don’t need coffee if you have Walt Goggins.”

Antal had cast Goggins, but Rodriguez was at the time unfamiliar with the actor’s acclaimed work on “The Shield” and other projects. Additionally, the character as scripted was still a work in progress. “I thought we were going to have to overhaul the character and go in an entirely different direction,” Rodriguez remembers. “And it was a predicament because Nimrod had already hired Walt. So, I said let’s just fly him down so I can at least say to him face to face, ‘Look, I’m sorry, we’re just changing the part radically, I’m not happy with it.” And Walt was an incredible collaborator and talent. He was my kind of actor – willing to do whatever it took to make the part work. He just started trying different things right then and there, bouncing off the walls with energy. He basically recreated that entire character of Stans from the ground up right there in the room. He created a very original character.”

“Stans has spent sixteen years on death row,” explains Goggins. “The first images that he sees outside of a prison cell of an alien jungle are just a little over-stimulating for him. He fancies himself the only celebrity on this new planet of terror and thinks that people should be asking him for his autograph. He’s dark, but also I think rather funny and pessimistic.”

A San Quentin orange jumpsuit and multiple tattoos, including a Scorpion tattoo on his neck, helped Goggins get into character. He spent on average of an hour and half in the make-up chair on a daily basis to maintain the fake body art. “The tattoos made me feel very authentic. It’s been interesting walking around, both Hawaii and Austin, with them on. You get the help that you need in stores and restaurants. You don’t get the help that you want, people are not helping you out of kindness. They’re helping you out of fear,” laughs Goggins.

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Jun 21, 2010

Cowboys and Aliens lassos another: Walton Goggins joins cast

Jun 21, 2010

Cowboys and Aliens lassos another: Walton Goggins joins cast

It’s great being a character actor. You don’t have to go through the ups and downs of an A-list star or worry about your star distinguishing and being left for dead by Hollywood. If you make a name – or face – for yourself, you just keep on working…

Walton Goggins is a great case in point. The man’s been at it since the early 90s, appearing in over 50 movies and t.v. shows. He’s mostly been a “that guy”, but now he’s turning into “ohhhh THAT guy!”, which is perhaps the highest achievement for a character actor. Most recently, he’s had big turns in the t.v. shows “The Shield” and “Justified”, and he’s soon to be seen in Fox’s PREDATORS. Slowly but surely, he’s getting out there in bigger, cooler projects.

Goggins has just nabbed another plum role, this time in Jon Favreau’s COWBOYS AND ALIENS. It’s not been revealed just what role he’ll be tackling, but my first guess would be someone shady, as is his forte. Still, being on a set with Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde (pictured below) must be so awesome, you probably wouldn’t mind being typecast. Typecasting can be a character actor’s best friend…

COWBOYS AND ALIENS opens in July 2011.

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Jun 21, 2010

Walton set to be in Cowboys and Aliens!

Jun 21, 2010

Walton set to be in Cowboys and Aliens!

After galvanizing the first season of the FX series Justified with a character that morphed from avowed enemy of Tim Olyphant’s federal Marshall Raylan Givens, into a not entirely trustworthy wingman, Walton Goggins will spend his hiatus time shooting at extraterrestrials. He’s joined the cast of the DreamWorks/Universal film Cowboys and Aliens, which shoots this summer with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig starring. Goggins, who’ll also be seen shortly in Fox’s Predators, will then hopefully reprise his Boyd Crowder character, since Justified was renewed for a second season.

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