Justified The Complete Fourth Season arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital December 17th
Pre-Order your very own copy today!
Justified The Complete Fourth Season arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital December 17th
Pre-Order your very own copy today!
EW.com — Oh, Boyd! Justified‘s Walton Goggins is headed to Greendale! Goggins will guest-star on the Jan. 16 episode of Community as Mr. Stone, an investigator with a connection to Pierce (ex-cast member Chevy Chase) who administers a lie-detector test to the study group. “I come with scathing criticism and an offer that even Boyd Crowder couldn’t refuse,” he says. “It’s really an opportunity for this group of characters that we’ve all grown to love to really look at themselves and to take a moment to reflect on who they are in this world. I don’t think people will view this show the same way afterward — because of the things that are said and because of what the characters say about themselves. And it does it in a way that only Community can do. It does it with biting humor and a real understanding of smart people understanding themselves. And it’s very touching in the way that it wraps up without telling you how it all unfolds.”
What can viewers expect from Mr. Stone? “It’s all in the name, isn’t it?” says Goggins with a chuckle. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if that Stone cracks open at some point during the episode in a way that was surprising to me when I read it and even more surprising to me when we did it. I’ll leave that caveat unexplained.”
He will, however, explain why he decided to try his hand at a half-hour comedy. In addition to being a Community fan, “I’m always looking to not only challenge myself, but to put myself in situations where I’m not just intimidated but outright insecure,” says Goggins. “I felt that way about Venus Van Dam on Sons of Anarchy, and I felt that way about Boyd. I felt that way about Shane [from The Shield], to be quite honest with you. … God knows I fell in love with [playing straight comedy], and I sure would like to do it again.” Are there any other shows that he has his eye on? “An interesting pairing for me would be Boyd Crowder on The Big Bang Theory,” he says. “He’s just as smart as those fellows, but he brings something different to the table.” Leonard and Sheldon, consider yourself warned.
Community returns to NBC for its fifth season on Jan. 2.
Community (2014) > Episodic Stills
TVLine.com — Production on Justified‘s fifth season (bowing in early 2014) has only just begun, but already Walton Goggins has been pushed to the limit by the direction the acclaimed FX drama is taking his Harlan County outlaw, Boyd Crowder.
“I’ll say this: I filmed a scene [for the season premiere] until almost 1 a.m. that has permanently altered the way that I see Boyd Crowder,” he tells TVLine, careful not to spoil it outright. “I’m as excited about it and scared by it as I’ve ever been, as an actor. But it’s done and that’s what it is. Boyd will have to deal with that emotion.”
“This is a headset that I’ve never been in for Boyd Crowder,” shares Goggins. “I don’t think he’s ever been as cornered or felt as impotent as he feels right now. That emotion for a man like Boyd is a dangerous place to be.”
The Sons of Anarchy scene-stealer and Oscar-winning filmmaker notes that “while Boyd may not be able to break the glass ceiling after what happened last season, that glass ceiling will definitely take some of his bullets.” And in the meantime, “Between [executive producer] Graham [Yost], the writers, Tim [Olyphant] and myself, we’re just trying to figure out who Boyd is right now. It’s still a mystery to me five years in, but I’m closer to solving it than I’ve ever been.
“Tighten your belt,” he adds with a laugh, “because it’s going to be pretty bumpy on the Crowder train.”
Check out what Walton had to say about the more serious side of his Sons of Anarchy alter-ego, Venus Van Dam!
TVLine: Venus’ story was much more serious this time around. Was the energy on set different than it was last season?
Yeah, it was. First and foremost, it was more than just one day; it took place over the course of three weeks because it was two episodes. Sustaining that and living in that headspace was a little more challenging — for myself as much as it was for my wife! [Laughs] She kept saying, ‘Where are my shoes?’ Both Kurt [Sutter] and I weren’t interested in repeating what we’d done last season and it would have done a disservice to Venus. If we were going to do it again, we wanted to see another side of her and to see the tragedy in her life and the pain that she’s been living with — and also how that can impact the larger story that is Sons of Anarchy. So, I was just over the moon with what Kurt and his writers came up with. I’m a new parent, I have a three-year-old son, and regardless of your sexual orientation, the idea of having to hide who you are or not to participate in the things that I’ve been able to participate in as a parent? It’s heartbreaking. It was very personal to me and very personal to Kurt. We both are in love with her. I don’t stop thinking about Venus, and as soon as I took those high heels off, I wanted to put them right back on. She’s a very courageous, very flawed, very strong woman — or let’s shoot right past that and say [that she’s a strong] person in the world.
You share such incredible chemistry with Kim Coates. How did the Venus/Tig relationship come to fruition?
First off, I’m such a fan of Kim Coates. Everything he does is grounded in reality and he’s such a good actor that it was a pleasure to have these discussions before [we shot] and to really talk about, ‘What is this? Really, what is this?’ What I was so surprised about was that there was no sexuality in that moment at all. He was putting his arm around a person and comforting that person when they needed to be comforted. It takes a lot to earn that and I thought what Kim did there was amazing. Now, I don’t know what happens when they go home! That’s another episode. [Laughs] But in that moment it was not about Venus Van Dam as a transgender and Tig as a biker; it was about two human beings that are looking at this very difficult situation and one supporting another. It’s beautiful. [Continue Reading]
TVGuide: This episode required a much different performance than last time. What was that like for you?
Goggins: I think the most important thing is seeing past just what she does for work. I liked piercing the veil of who this person is outside of what she does for a living. When she goes home at night, what’s that like? What are the regrets in her life? And how has she dealt with those and how have those regrets reverberated throughout her life? What I was so excited about when I got the script was how immediate this situation had come up in her life and she really had nowhere else to turn. And for a woman who, more often than not, has the answers, she only had questions and she didn’t quite know what to do.
And it wasn’t just cold-blooded murder. She was trying to spare her son the same horror she went through.
Goggins: It’s a matter of breaking the cycle. And sometimes breaking the cycle of violence requires an act of violence. Hopefully on the other side of that, once you cross that rubicon, you walk in greener pastures. I think that’s what it was like for Venus. She’s eternally grateful for Jax for doing something that she could never do. It solves a lot of problems. It solves more problems than it creates.
So. is this the last we’ve seen of Venus?
Goggins: [Laughs] I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw her again. We’ll see what happens to Jax and all the boys and how these stories intersect. I wouldn’t think it out of the realm of possibility.[Continue Reading]
Walton discusses his character El Cameleón, who he plays in Machete Kills.
You can read the article in full over at LATIMES.COM
Boyd and Ava Crowder | ‘Justified’
Justified’s” Kentucky criminal charmers Boyd and Ava Crowder share the same surname, but that’s only because Ava was briefly married to Boyd’s abusive brother — before she killed him off-screen in the show’s 2010 pilot episode.
Murdering a man’s kin might not typically be the quickest way to his heart, but midway through the FX series’ current, richly satisfying run of episodes, Boyd (Walton Goggins) was bending down on one knee, offering Ava (Joelle Carter) a diamond ring and professing his love over a box of cash.
“He’s telling her they’re not like other people, and it’s true,” Goggins says of the complicated couple. “They’re both products of violent backgrounds who have rarely, if ever, been touched in their lives. For them to find each other, someone to nurture them, to listen to them, has given them license to believe that anything is possible.”
Boyd and Ava’s aspirations in “Justified’s” fourth season run counter to their humble Harlan County roots, which further bind them but might also prove to be their tragic undoing, given that their means of achieving the American dream involve drug dealing and running a whorehouse.
But for a few minutes in the season’s ninth episode, while touring a beautiful “storybook” Clover Hill estate with a real estate agent who thinks they might be better served looking at a starter home that’s a “little further down the hill,” Boyd and Ava glimpsed what their lives might look like if their dreams came true.
“Seeing them in that house, for a moment everything was right with the world, and you could grab onto the possibility of happiness,” Carter says. “You could picture them pulling into that long driveway in Boyd’s truck.”
Adds Goggins: “Upward mobility had never crossed Boyd’s mind before he met Ava. Unfortunately, having each other isn’t enough. They want to break through this economic and social glass ceiling. Seeing the consequences [of their unsavory dealings] … well, it broke my heart.”
Check out snippets of what Justified show-runner Graham Yost had to say about the season four finale and what’s to come in season 5! Plenty more under the cut!
They show up to the spot and find police have already found the body. Instead of leaving, Boyd goes up to talk to Officer Mooney (William Gregory Lee), which I thought was a surprising choice.
He’s Boyd. They can’t arrest him for just driving. So he’ll just go up. His relationship with Mooney has been on and off. It seemed like a smart way for him to find out more.
Boyd then decides to use Mooney and Lee Paxton (Sam Anderson), whose funeral home serves as storage for law enforcement, to help him switch bodies so it’s not Delroy’s body that was found.
That came out of the room. What would Boyd try to do? Okay, so, they’ve got Ellen May, she could testify, but if they don’t have a body, then the case might fall apart. So let’s take care of the body and get it out of there. We can’t? Okay, where is it? We’re still not done yet. It’s just that Boyd sense of he’ll always keep working a problem until it’s absolutely impossible to do so. And believe you me, at the beginning of next season, we’re gonna see him continue to work the problem. How can he get Ava out of jail? And what will he do in order to accomplish that?
Boyd and Jimmy digging up the grave for a replacement body was a surprisingly fun scene with Jimmy falling through the coffin.
Those guys in a graveyard at night, in a potter’s field, digging up a corpse, stuff comes up. I don’t know exactly the origin of Boyd’s run about who that is in the ground. The little behind the scenes thing is Jesse Lukens, on one take, when his foot went through, he actually damaged his foot quite badly. At the cast party, he was on crutches. He was in real pain. But we use that on Justified — if a character’s in real pain, we use it.
While that’s happening, Boyd is driving Raylan to the airport for the meeting. That’s another crucial scene that’s all dialogue.
That scene had a lot of talk between the writers, and Tim, and Walton. What can we get out of here? Tim is always interested in being clear that Boyd is a bad guy, but as he basically says, “You’re a white supremacist, you’re leading a church out in the woods. Who are you, and what do you really believe in? So if you say you love this woman [Ava], how is that different from all the other stuff that you’ve said?” Of course, Boyd maintains that it is different. We wanted to play up that dynamic, and then the whole notion of Boyd going at Raylan is something that we’d established pretty nicely in the opening of episode 10 when he says, “Raylan, you are an asshole, you should have been an outlaw.” And that just goes back thematically to Raylan and Arlo: Who is Raylan? How much is he like Arlo? Is he really just Arlo with a badge?
Continue reading over at EW.COM
Head on over to CRAVEONLINE.COM to check out Walton’s full interview where he discusses Justified, Django Unchained and his Sons of Anarchy guest appearance.
CraveOnline: On the panel, Joelle Carter talked about Ava’s relationship with Boyd. Do you and she come from a similar perspective on the relationship?
Walton Goggins: Yeah, well, Joelle’s a very smart woman, a very smart person so it’s always kind of enlightening to hear things from her point of view. We actually did a scene yesterday, two days ago and I saw it a completely different way. I had no idea really what it was going to be about but I thought well, it’s probably going to be about this and Joelle said, “You know what? No, I think it’s this. I think this is really where they are.” And I looked at her and I said, “Really? This is a bold move.” And she said, “No, this is where it is” and we went there. It was so gratifying and so surprising, so she knows Ava as well as I know Boyd.
CraveOnline: Which episode is that going to be in?
Walton Goggins: That’s going to be in episode eight, I think the last scene for Boyd and Ava in episode eight.
CraveOnline: How would you describe Boyd’s relationship with Raylan this season?
Walton Goggins: There’s one line that Boyd’s never said in the previous three seasons that he says this season. It’s really interesting to me and an indication as to where they’ve kind of come in this relationship, and Boyd looks at Raylan at one point, and he says, “Raylan, I don’t like you.” And it’s the first time he’s ever really kind of said it that way, so I don’t know.
And over the course of their relationship, Boyd has seen their friendship as one thing and Raylan has seen it as something else. But at the end of this season, they may see it the same way, and that is that they don’t like each other. We’ll see where it goes from there.