Mar 28, 2011

TVGuide: Matt’s TV Week in Review

Mar 28, 2011

TVGuide: Matt’s TV Week in Review

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HONOR ROLL: Walton Goggins is a master of sinister understatement on FX’s Justified as ex-con Boyd Crowder, the last person you’d expect a coal company exec (Hung’s Rebecca Creskoff) to hire as a security consultant. “It sounds an awful lot like you want me to return to my outlaw ways,” he tells her, newly clad in his J.C. Penney suit in the back of her limo. Sounds like he might be right, because she now needs him to deal with fearsome backwoods crime matriarch Mags Bennett. …

Mar 25, 2011

Walton talks to Collider.com about ‘Justified’

Mar 25, 2011

Walton talks to Collider.com about ‘Justified’

Question: In Season 1, your character was the antagonist, but in Season 2, viewers are almost pulling for him. What do you think about that transition of your character? Do you feel that Boyd Crowder has become a more sympathetic character?

WALTON GOGGINS: I think that Boyd is continually changing. From the pilot to Episode 2 was a big swing in a completely different direction. Then, from Season 1 to Season 2 was an even bigger swing. If you look at the trajectory of Boyd Crowder, think about this Svengali and showman in the pilot episode, and then this near-death experience and religious conversion, and the ambiguous nature of that conversion, only to be revealed, at the end of Season 1, that he did truly believe in God. In some ways, that was his answer.

So, when we come into Season 2, having that foundation rocked to its core, what you found is a man who is not even searching for meaning. He’s searching for the absence of meaning. He’s just trying to wander and be aimless for awhile. We, as human beings, find a character like that sympathetic. With the type of vulnerability that Boyd is feeling this season, you have the opportunity to see who this guy is. You’re looking behind the curtain. You’re getting to see behind the facade.

It’s really interesting to me because I didn’t really know who he was. It’s still a mystery to me. I’m still figuring it out, every single day. This season, at the beginning, I think what Graham [Yost] and the writers and myself tried to do is take a man who lived in the extremes, only to thread a needle, to come out the other side and maybe find a man in balance. What will a Boyd Crowder in balance look like? I don’t know. Continue Reading →

Mar 25, 2011

‘Justified’ Closes In On Renewal At FX according to Deadline

Mar 25, 2011

‘Justified’ Closes In On Renewal At FX according to Deadline


According to Deadline.com it seems the executives over at FX are very close to renewing ‘Justified’ for what would be it’s 3rd season. Hopefully we’ll find out for sure soon, fingers crossed!

While FX executives are clearly disappointed by the audience’s rejection of the critically praised freshman drama Lights Out, which was canceled today, they are pretty happy with the performance of sophomore Justified. So much that they are close to renewing the series for a third season. There is no rush, but the deal with producing studio Sony Pictures TV for Season 3 might be completed in time for FX’s upfront party in New York on Tuesday where the cast of the neo-western crime drama starring Timothy Olyphant is slated to appear, along with actors from the other FX series.

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Mar 23, 2011

E!Online: Boyd has a brand-new job!

Mar 23, 2011

E!Online: Boyd has a brand-new job!

This is the second time I’ve heard about Boyd having to wear a suit, but my first hearing of a new job. Hm, this season is just getting more and more interesting by the day.

Jessica: Justified scoop please!
Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) has a brand-new job and a brand-new suit. So what kind of job can a former white supremacist leader and felon get in this tough economy? A hired gun for a mining company of course! Luckily this new career path puts Boyd right back where he belongs, bantering with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Yay for our favorite bromance!

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Mar 18, 2011

Entertainment Weekly: Spoiler Room – ‘Justified’ scoop!

Mar 18, 2011

Entertainment Weekly: Spoiler Room – ‘Justified’ scoop!

I can’t wait to see these upcoming episodes!

Hi, I love your column and am thrilled that it’s now twice weekly. Some spoiler scoopage on Justified, please! — Susola
I hope some Boyd news will do the trick. In a chat with reporters this week, Walton Goggins hinted to a big moment of realization coming up for the ever-evolving character that — if you’ve been as awed as I have by this character this season — sounds completely fantastic. “Coming up in three or four episodes, you’re basically going to see what Boyd has taken away from this introspective, this journey within. He’s going to be able to articulate this in a way that Boyd would articulate this, in a poetic way. He’s going to just lay it all out there. Like having taken the time and looked at life from all these different angles, this is what I walk away with,” he says. “It’s beautiful, and in some ways, I think for the audience, hopefully you’ll really understand this guy and not just feel sympathy for him, but you’ll kind of understand it from a birds-eye point of view and you’ll see kind of his worldview laid out in a way that makes sense.”

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Mar 16, 2011

Walton talks ‘Justified’ with MovieWeb.com

Mar 16, 2011

Walton talks ‘Justified’ with MovieWeb.com

In the first season your character was the antagonist, but in the second season, we’re almost kind of pulling for him so I’m kind of curious what you think about the transition for your character between seasons and if you feel that he’s become a more sympathetic character?

Walton Goggins: I think that Boyd is continually changing. I think that from the pilot to episode two was a big swing in a completely different direction. Then from Season One to Season Two is an even bigger swing. I think that if you look at the trajectory of Boyd Crowder and you think about kind of this Svengali, kind of this showman in the pilot episode. Then this near-death experience and this religious conversion and the ambiguous kind of nature of that conversion, only to be revealed at the end of Season One that he did truly believe in God. In some ways that was his answer so that when we come into Season Two having that foundation rocked to its core, I think what you found is a man who is not even searching for meaning. He’s searching for the absence of meaning. He’s just trying to wander and be aimless for a while. I think we, as human beings, find a character like that sympathetic. I think that with that type of vulnerability that Boyd is feeling this season that you’re going to get an opportunity, as you already have through these five episodes to kind of see who this guy is. You’re looking behind the curtain; you’re getting to see behind the facade. It’s really interesting to me because I didn’t really know who he was. It’s still a mystery to me. I’m still kind of figuring it out every single day. This season, at the beginning, I think what (series creator) Graham (Yost) and the writers and myself tried to do is to take a man who lived in the extremes only to thread a needle, to come out the other side and maybe find a man in balance. What will a Boyd Crowder in balance look like? I don’t know.

This season, Boyd has done something we haven’t seen from him before and that’s that he’s shown himself equally capable of being at peace in a domestic situation or turning tables on those three mine-robbers who would have killed him. He even gave them a chance to make a different choice. What is it about Boyd that makes him not merely equally comfortable with both peaceful and dangerous situations, but capable of enjoying both equally?

Walton Goggins: I think it’s been a journey of self-discovery for him this season. He’s in the process of figuring that out. I don’t want to give it away now, but coming up in three or four episodes, you’re basically going to see what Boyd has taken away from this introspective, this journey within. He’s going to be able to articulate this in a way that Boyd would articulate this, in a poetic way. He’s going to just lay it all out there. Like having taken the time and looked at life from all these different angles, this is what I walk away with. It’s beautiful and in some ways, I think for the audience, hopefully you’ll really understand this guy and not just feel sympathy for him, but you’ll kind of understand it from a birds-eye point of view and you’ll see kind of his worldview laid out in a way that makes sense.

When Boyd actually gave those three the chance to make a different choice, that suggests that Boyd has developed even more a peculiar and personal code of behavior. How do you think he has developed this?

Walton Goggins: It’s interesting that you say that. I was about to say that his moral compass does not always point north by a larger society’s standard, but there is a moral code there and it is shifting. Whereas before he probably would have shot all three of those men point-blank, he did give them an opportunity to make the decision for themselves. I think that had they decided not to go against Boyd that Boyd would have honored his word and gone through with the robbery. It’s interesting how his moral code has changed from the beginning of Season One. I think that what you’re going to see, hopefully, what will inform that moral code more than anything and allow him to find a place in the middle is love. I think you’re seeing that burgeoning relationship happening now between him and Ava – I think I’m okay to say that. At the end of the day, what may be Boyd’s salvation is love. A moral code infused with that kind of love, to Boyd, is even more complex than believing in Jesus or any other escapade he’s found himself in or on. Continue Reading →

Mar 15, 2011

Joelle Carter talks with Daemon’s TV about Ava and Boyd

Mar 15, 2011

Joelle Carter talks with Daemon’s TV about Ava and Boyd

Daemon’s TV recently spoke with Joelle Carter who plays the strong willed Ava on ‘Justified’ to discuss her relationships on the show, including Boyd and Ava. Here is what she had to say:

At the beginning of this season, fans–and Raylan–were surprised to learn that Boyd had moved in with Ava. When Joelle was asked how she felt about that development, she answered, “I think in the end Ava has to do what she has to do to survive and having Boyd live with her helps make ends meet and it’s opened her up to discovering who she is a little bit more. I think it was a good idea.”

Even more surprising than Boyd and Ava’s living arrangements is the fact that Ava is developing feelings for him. Joelle said showing the change in their relationship has been difficult. “You don’t see a lot of the relationship building and growing, and that was a big challenge for me because I would have these short scenes to show the audience that this is where these people are now and you can imagine with us that they’ve been cohabitating together and learning more about each other.”

The course of Ava and Boyd’s burgeoning relationship has not been and will not be smooth and for every step forward, there will be at least a half step back. “Just the idea of her going up to his bedroom because she’s a little bored and she knows he’s there and she’s starting to enjoy his company a little bit more. She calls him out like ‘It’s okay if we get to know each other a little better. I want to know more about you.’ Even on the porch he shares some stuff with her and I found that for Ava to be intriguing and just as they’re starting to be more comfortable, then bad guys come up.”

Ava has been clear about not wanting Boyd to bring any criminal activity back to her, but as we saw at the end of the “Cottonmouth” episode, it’s not so simple for her anymore. Joelle said, “When Boyd offers her the money with the cops coming-I think it’s interesting because Ava has a big heart and she loves the idea that anyone can change and in the beginning I think she wanted to take a chance on that with Boyd. As it’s progressing, they’re kind of falling for each other a little bit and she wants to help him out because of the feelings she’s having, but he brings in yet again another complication. I think that, for Ava, she has this long, long relationship with Boyd and he’s always kind of been in love with her. She really finds him interesting, intriguing, and exciting.”

When asked if Ava would keep Boyd out of trouble, Joelle laughed. “Well, have you tried to keep a man out of trouble? I’m not sure Ava can keep herself out of trouble.” Joelle then said that even though Boyd does spell trouble, he also is something Ava has been looking for. “Ava has had a certain kind of life where people run out on her. Where Winona knows kind of what she wants: a picture of her with Raylan at the end where he does a job 9-5. For Ava, though-she’s just looking for someone to love and who’s dedicated to her and will protect her. Boyd is a gentleman and he’s devoted to her so far. I think she wishes they could stay out of trouble.”

Joelle said that fans and Ava will learn more about why Boyd makes sense for Ava as the season progresses. “I think for her, like for the audience, Boyd is someone you think you know but then maybe you don’t know completely. I think what we’ll see as time goes along is that they know each other a lot better than they thought and maybe they’re the only two people who really can know each other the way they do.”

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Mar 13, 2011

CraveOnline break’s down ‘Justified’ 2×05 ‘Cottonmouth’

Mar 13, 2011

CraveOnline break’s down ‘Justified’ 2×05 ‘Cottonmouth’

I think they make some very interesting points and key observations, what do you think?

Walton Goggins finally got a showcase episode this season and it’s easily the best one so far. Goggins basically made his name on FX as Shane on “The Shield,” who was also a fascinating character. But Boyd Crowder tops him in complexity. In just a few episodes this year, we’ve seen Boyd struggle to achieve some measure of redemption in his attempt to create a new life for himself. However, no one believes that he’s changed and it all piles up on to him. It’s not that Boyd doesn’t want to be a better man. He goes out of his way to not kill Shelby and even the way he switched the bomb on Kyle would only have killed him if he betrayed Boyd.

Boyd’s use of his cellphone to bug the meeting was a great moment that showed him to be the smartest guy in a room full of people plotting his death. Boyd seems to do a tremendous job of letting people believe that he’s not that sharp when the inverse is actually true. Watching Boyd turn a potentially fatal situation around on his would be killers was a thing of beauty. And this episode demonstrated that Boyd could have carried the entire episode without Raylan making an appearance at all.

I’m also really enjoying the slow burn between Ava and Boyd. It’s pretty clear that he loves her and she’s starting to come around towards him. When she got his note, she suspected that it was for something nefarious. But she followed his instructions anyway. If she was going to hang him out to dry, that would have been the perfect opportunity to do so. Just the fact that she went through with the call shows us that she cares for him.

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Mar 10, 2011

Good or bad, Walton’s ‘Justified’ character surprises even him

Mar 10, 2011

Good or bad, Walton’s ‘Justified’ character surprises even him

Walton Goggins can cast a spell over you during a phone conversation just as easily as he does playing the magnetic Boyd Crowder in FX’s “Justified.”

He puts everything out there—even when doing an interview at the end of an early morning shoot after he’s been up the night before with his new son, Augustus Somerset. It’s hard not to be drawn in by his zeal for the work he’s doing.

“It’s always exciting,” he said, answering a simple “how’s it going?” “One should be so lucky to be in this situation that I’m in, or any other person on television [is in], who really cares about what they do every day.”

The former “The Shield” star definitely cares, and that translates to “Justified” (9 p.m. Wednesdays, FX), where his mercurial character continues to trouble U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), the childhood friend who just can’t trust Boyd, even if he claims his outlaw days are behind him.

Since last year’s freshman season, Boyd has gone from white supremacist criminal to born-again evangelist to leader of the disenfranchised to disillusioned ex-con. He’s about to change again, Goggins teased.

“I think that he has been without the ability to see himself as good or bad, and through the course of this season, he will acquire a pair of glasses that allows him to see himself really for the first time,” Goggins said, adding with a laugh, “How about that for a quote? Come on, Curt!”

Goggins talked more about working with Olyphant (“like doing a waltz”), being a father and how cool it would be to see Boyd wearing a marshal’s star. Continue Reading →

Mar 10, 2011

Justified Review: 2×05 ‘Cottonmouth’ #2 & #3

Mar 10, 2011

Justified Review: 2×05 ‘Cottonmouth’ #2 & #3

Check out the snippets I picked out from TVFanatic.com and YourEntertainmentCorner.com‘s review of tonight’s episode. So far all I hear is great things. 🙂

Boyd was just fantastic in this entire episode, though. Between the cell phone to house phone call, stealing the crew’s cell phones and having Ava call one to give himself time to switch the bomb – and then shooting the bad guys that didn’t get everything but their feet blown up by the bomb, Mr. Crowder definitely got his groove back.

But the question remains: is Boyd for good or for evil? Yeah, he stopped those jerks from blowing up and robbing the mine, but he ended up killing the three of them and taking the money to give to Ava. When Ava asked him why he agreed to the job in the first place, Boyd responded: “Because it’s what I do. It’s who I am, Ava. As hard as I’ve been trying to pretend otherwise. Everybody else seems to know that but me.”

The man knows that he is a bad egg, he just didn’t want to believe it.

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I won’t go into detail about the exact moments leading up to the scheme Kyle (Michael Mosley) wrangles Boyd (Walton Goggins) into. You need to watch each moment because there are subtle details, which will inevitably play a larger role in future episodes. “Just remember your ABC’s – Always Be Cool.” ~ Boyd Crowder

The conversation between Boyd and Ava (Joelle Carter) afterwards is very telling.

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