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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Jun 16, 2010

Guest stars who made big impressions

Jun 16, 2010

Guest stars who made big impressions

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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Jun 14, 2010

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

Jun 14, 2010

“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 →

Jun 12, 2010

Walton on Justified’s Most Intriguing Character!

Jun 12, 2010

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 →