Jan 31, 2017

Entertainment Weekly: Sneak peek of Walton Goggins as he plots his escape on ‘SIX’

Jan 31, 2017

Entertainment Weekly: Sneak peek of Walton Goggins as he plots his escape on ‘SIX’

History’s new military drama Six debuted strongly in mid-January, with 2.6 total million viewers tuning in to check out the combat series. The show focuses on the struggles of a Navy SEAL team, and on their former trooper leader “Rip” Taggart (Justified‘s Walton Goggins), who was taken captive in the premiere by extremist group Boko Haram. While his former compatriots struggle to free him, on Wednesday’s episode, Rip will try to escape his captors.

EW has some exclusive photos from the episode, titled “Tour of Duty.” Things look bad for Goggins, though the situation still seems more hopeful than The Hateful Eight.

The third episode of Six‘s eight-part season airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on History.

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Jan 17, 2017

Walton Goggins on Working with a Real Navy SEAL for ‘SIX’

Jan 17, 2017

Walton Goggins on Working with a Real Navy SEAL for ‘SIX’

Collider: You really get your ass kicked in this!

WALTON GOGGINS: Yeah. It was a lot to be incarcerated for 14 hours a day, with your arms bound and your feet bound. I’m sure someone will do a YouTube of how many times Rip Taggart was hit. It was tough, mentally. I had a cappuccino at the beginning of the day and the middle of the day, and a beer at the end of the day, but you feel just a portion of the pain that people have gone through, in those circumstances. What an incredible experience. It was a real cathartic journey.

How did you read this script, see what it would put you through, and then say, “Yes, sign me up for that!”?

GOGGINS: I didn’t. I replaced Joe [Manganiello]. When Joe fell out, they said, “Let’s go to Walton.” I had a long conversation with them about it and, for me, I felt like I had an opportunity to really honor the struggle of men and women in our armed services, in a way that wasn’t political and it wasn’t about America. It was about the individual, and I think that that’s been neglected in the conversation. It was also a chance to have what has taken me upwards of six and seven years (with Justified and The Shield), respectively, that kind of a journey in eight episodes.

Whenever you hear stories about SEAL teams and their missions, you feel a sense of appreciation for what they do, but it’s hard to fully grasp what a job like that puts you through, physically and mentally. What most helped you in grasping just what being a SEAL really entails?

GOGGINS: Mitchell Hall was our tech advisor on Six. It was not with him, but I had a long conversation with a Navy SEAL, on my own, and he became a very good friend of mine. I noticed his behavior, early on, and something he was doing to compensate was curious to me. I had an opportunity to talk to him and he said, “You can ask me anything you want.” I said, “I’m only going to ask you one question, and either you’ll answer me honestly or you won’t. And if you don’t answer honestly, I completely understand and I really don’t have anything else to say. But if you do answer honestly, I have a feeling that you and I are going to be here drinking whiskey for a long time, and we’re really going to get into it.” I asked him the question and he answered me honestly, and then the conversation began. He let me see behind his curtain. He let me touch his humanity and experience how his humanity was affected by everything that he saw and that was asked of him. He’s an incredible human being. Most of us will never, ever experience the decisions they have to make in one day of their lives, let alone every moment of every day, and that affects everything around them.

These men and women in our armed services are expected to perform, both mentally and physically, in an arena of war, and also pay their cable bill and their house payment. I don’t understand how those two realities exist in the same space. It’s hard for me, and I’m just a storyteller. It’s hard for a guy or a woman who works from 9 to 5, every day, and certainly it’s much more difficult when you’re in these situations and you’re asked to fight for your country. I felt that it was very important to honor that struggle, in a way that took it out of politics and the flag and the message of your country. I wanted to just honor the individual, and I’m really proud of it.

When you see where this goes and you see this existential journey and you see this stalwart walk from this man who genuinely doesn’t want to deal with anything and who is forced to deal with all of it, and what he learns on the other side of that journey and what he learns along the way and what he teaches people along the way, it was special. I hope there’s a returning service man or woman that is able to see it and say, “You know what? That fucking guy cares about me. Those showrunners care about me. Those other actors on that show and the guy behind the camera and that director care about me.” That’s a good thing. Continue Reading →

Jan 13, 2017

Walton Goggins On Why He Doesn’t Want His New Navy SEAL Drama ‘Six’ To ‘Be A Piece Of Propaganda’

Jan 13, 2017

Walton Goggins On Why He Doesn’t Want His New Navy SEAL Drama ‘Six’ To ‘Be A Piece Of Propaganda’

What was your read on the character when you first encountered the material? He seems to square with the morally suspect types that you often play.

You know, I had a conversation with the creators immediately — there wasn’t a lot of time after I replaced another actor who was in that role, so I didn’t have a lot of time to really make my decision. I just said, “I’m not interested in being used as a piece of propaganda for American war policy.” Honoring the struggles of these men and women outside of the context of the country that they’re fighting for — I want to speak to them. I want to tell their story. I feel like that’s what they had written, and they said, “That’s exactly what we want to do when it comes to you.” They gave me a seat at the table and we had this beautiful collaboration over eight episodes, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life, to be quite honest with you.

Your statement about not wanting this to be military propaganda is interesting. What exactly did you have in mind when you said that?

Well, I think that there are ways of telling stories like this that are about a true honoring or celebration of sacrifice for the people that we, America, ask to defend our country on a daily basis. I think there’s a time for that, there’s a place for that — then there’s also a place for not making it about you. What I mean by that is, by not making it about just America. Not having it be about you, [but] having it be about these people independent of you and looking at them and understanding really what it is they’re going through without just a cursory pat on the back saying, “Thank you for your service.”

Do you feel like Six has a political perspective, in terms of being anti-war or critical of American foreign policy?

No, I don’t, which I think is its saving grace. There is no political soapbox that it’s standing on, one way or the other. It’s not for or against anything. It is just with a microscope, dissecting the experience of [war]. I think that that’s the best way to reach anybody. In our volatile political system right now, I don’t think anybody wants to talk about it anymore, whatever side you’re on. I certainly don’t. I’m ready to get past it and look at individuals and look at their struggle and tell stories from that point of view.

I don’t want to divulge any spoilers, so let’s just say your character goes through quite a physical ordeal. Was this a hard shoot? Was it as hard to shoot as it to watch?

It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. I think there’s not a person that you would speak to that was involved in this project that wouldn’t say the same thing. For me, it was a process of being incarcerated for 15 hours a day and getting hit all day, every day, with my hands tied behind my back, man. I know, just in my imagination, how demoralizing and dehumanizing that is, and I’m just an actor, man — who can get a cappuccino if I needed to. But people have and probably will continue to have this experience. This experience is, on a number of levels, translated in a number of different ways, but it was very, very, very difficult. Mentally very difficult. Physically, the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.

I wanted to ask about Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who are executive producers of Six, and also were involved in the films you made with Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. Was it their idea to get you involved in Six?

Yeah, I got a phone call from Harvey and he said, “Walton, I need you, man, and the story needs you.” I can’t tell you what it feels like for an actor to be at a restaurant with Harvey Weinstein, let alone get an incoming phone call from a man of his stature. It meant a great deal to me and I care for the man deeply and I took what he said to heart, you know, and answered that call. Not solely because of that, but because of that and because of Bill [Broyles] and Bruce [McKenna] and David [Broyles], and this cast, and this network. The History Channel really wanted to do something that they hadn’t done before, and to be bold in this next step.

Most importantly, I wanted to honor the people that have made this commitment. You know, I come from the South, man, and I would say that seven out of my 10 friends growing up all went into the service. It’s just what you did. My education lay elsewhere, and I went out West when all of my buddies went East in the Gulf War. I heard them. I’ve heard what it was like for them — even those that didn’t see battle, what it was like for them.

It was a real opportunity to say thank you. I hope in “insert-airport-terminal anywhere in the world” going forward, that they will come up and they’ll say, “Hey, man, thank you for giving a sh*t. Thank you for caring.”

Source: uproxx.com

Jan 12, 2017

Walton Discusses New Show ‘SIX’ with NewsDay.com

Jan 12, 2017

Walton Discusses New Show ‘SIX’ with NewsDay.com

You were cast in this physically demanding role just days after Joe Manganiello had to be replaced because of a pre-existing health issue. How do you prepare mentally and physically to jump in like that?

My acting teachers are storytellers — they don’t even use the word “acting,” really, in their philosophy — and the last one I studied with, who is a dear old friend of mine by the name of Harry Masters, taught me that when you don’t have time, you don’t need time, really, if you’re able to turn yourself over to that set of circumstances and play pretend. My almost-6-year-old [son Augustus, with filmmaker wife Nadia Conners] is Laurence Olivier in his ability to play. Most children are like that. So I had a conversation with . . . [the producer] about Rip and about in what context I wanted to participate. I wanted to make sure they were on board for that.

What did you tell them?

Well, just that I don’t want to be used as a piece of propaganda for American foreign policy. I don’t want to go through this experience and have what I want to contribute to it politicized. For the right or the left. I want to speak to the returning soldier, man or woman, who has experienced conflict firsthand and I want to honor their struggle. And I don’t want to do it by saying, “You’re an incredible American” and “You’re a patriot.” I want to say, “You are a human being and you’re experiencing pain, and it’s real pain, and I want to listen to your pain. I don’t want to just pat you on the back.”

Did the producers revise the script?

We modified some ways of shooting scenes in the first three episodes, which is what they had written by that point. You know, you can say, “I love you” a million different ways, can’t you? It’s not in the words — it’s in your intention. And then I think that going forward these conversations gave [the producer] real parameters for what this experience could be. I think what it did was fundamentally change everything that happened after it.

That kind of happened on “The Shield,” where the network wanted your character removed after the pilot, and “Justified,” where Boyd Crowder was supposed to die in the pilot. But something about you changed minds.

With “The Shield,” the people who ran FX at the time hated me, man! I don’t know how you could hate somebody when I only had four lines, but [series creator] Sean [Ryan] said, “Listen, I know this guy, I’ve seen him, he’s special and I know what to do with him.” So episode two was really about [Goggins’ character] Shane. They saw it and said, “Wow, we’re sorry. We love him.”

And with “Justified,” [star] Tim [Olyphant] had such a good time and the rapport back and forth and what the characters’ friendship could mean over the course of a story — people really responded to that. They asked me to come back and we had a long conversation about it and I said, “I just want autonomy over the character and this part of the story,” and they agreed.

I have to ask: What was it like your first day on a Quentin Tarantino set?

My first day on “Django” was surreal . . . I’ll never forget. It was a big scene that ultimately got cut out of the movie, and the camera’s on me and Quentin yells, “Action” — and nothing comes out of my mouth! I’m looking at all these people and I just said, “I’m in a [expletive] Quentin Tarantino movie!”

Out loud?

Oh, yeah — absolutely! And they all started laughing and then it was, “OK — take two.”

Source: newsday.com

Dec 29, 2016

Walton Goggins on His Confused, Angry, and Desperate ‘Tomb Raider’ Villain

Dec 29, 2016

Walton Goggins on His Confused, Angry, and Desperate ‘Tomb Raider’ Villain

Walton Goggins is an actor who makes whatever he’s in better just by being there. Every film or TV series is improved when it has Goggins. It’s impossible to look at his work and not be a fan, and I’m glad he’s been able to find success over his career. Earlier this month, he landed arguably one of the biggest roles of his career thus far when he nabbed the villain role in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Getting to play the antagonist in a blockbuster film is no small feat, and Goggins has already played some incredibly memorable baddies in his career.

Christina Radish recently spoke to Goggins about his upcoming History Channel series Six (which premieres January 18th), and during their conversation, he talked a little about what appealed to him about this new adaptation of the popular video game franchise:

The idea of a Tomb Raider reboot became interesting when Alicia Vikander was cast as Lara Croft, but it became even more interesting when you were announced as the villain, or antagonist. What was it about this telling of the Tomb Raider story that spoke to you?

GOGGINS: I’m just so excited about it! I’m such a big fan of Alicia and this director, Roar [Uthaug]. Quite honestly, the script feels like it’s already been in the world, in some ways. The structure and the foundation of this story is so solid and so interesting. It’s so unbelievably entertaining, and yet it’s real in the journey that it takes you on. And this person that I get to play is confused and angry and desperate. I’m just looking forward to getting in his head. I’m really, really, really excited about it.

Goggins then talked about what it is about villain roles that he finds so appealing, and he provided a thoughtful breakdown of how he goes about choosing any role, whether the character is good or evil.

When you play antagonists that are so memorable that they’re thought of alongside the story’s protagonist when people think of that particular TV show or movie, does it give you pause when the next one comes up?

GOGGINS: Yeah, I suppose. On one level, I think about it in those terms. In another way, I just go where the work is and where people are extremely passionate about telling their story and where they’re capable filmmakers, no matter how long they’ve been doing it. It’s about whether they understand what it is that they’re asking themselves to do and whether they really want to say something. That’s always been my motivation. This thing that I did after Six, Three Christs, I don’t know if there’s an antagonist in the bunch. Maybe schizophrenia is the antagonist, or maybe it’s how we view those that aren’t like ourselves. Maybe that’s the antagonist. It was just an incredible opportunity. And Tomb Raider is an incredible opportunity. People have only seen the first season of Vice Principals, but when you see where the show goes, there’s so much more than whether or not those are bad guys. That’s what I’m interested in playing, regardless of what side he’s on. I’ve had some opportunities lately to play the hero, and they just haven’t been about the right thing. They haven’t spoken to me, in that way. But Six certainly did, and Three Christs did, and lord knows that Tomb Raider did.

Goggins also talked about how it was a variety of factors that led to him signing on for Tomb Raider:

When Tomb Raider came your way, was it the script that sold you on it, or did you also wanted to talk to director Roar Uthaug first?

GOGGINS: It was threefold, to be quite honest with you. I think Alicia is one of the greatest actors of any generation, let alone her own. And I saw Roar’s movie The Wave last year, and I wanted to meet that filmmaker. And then, it was the script. It always starts with the story for me. I couldn’t believe I was reading what I was reading. I couldn’t believe that it continued in this way, and the ball was never really dropped. It was the combination of those three things. I understand why Alicia signed on for it. Those things don’t happen every day. And then, you go forward and you just try not to be result-oriented and you try to do the best job you can possibly do, before you move on to the next one. It’s a good life! I’m just grateful to be a small part of that life.
We’re still waiting on the first successful video game adaptation, and there’s no reason it can’t be Tomb Raider. It’s got two strong lead actors with Vikander and Goggins, Uthaug showed he had directing chops with The Wave, and if there’s a good script, it could make for a solid adventure film.

Tomb Raider opens March 16, 2018.

Source: collider.com

Dec 17, 2016

Walton Goggins Calls Tomb Raider Villain Complicated & Unexpected

Dec 17, 2016

Walton Goggins Calls Tomb Raider Villain Complicated & Unexpected

A week ago today, we reported that the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot has finally found its villain, with The Hateful Eight and Justified star Walton Goggins coming aboard to star as the antagonist, alongside Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. No details have been confirmed about this character, or if he will be based on one of the villains in the video game series. While promoting his new History Channel series Six, based on the real life exploits of Navy SEAL Team Six, Walton Goggins shed some new light on this character. Here’s what he had to say, teasing that this villain is much more complex.

“Is he a villain? Sure, that is an easy description. An antagonist, for sure. But [like other characters] I have been so lucky to have the opportunity to play over the course of my career, there are real reasons behind his antagonism, and it’s not what you’d expect. He is very complicated, and his motivations are pure.”

The actor added in his interview with Yahoo! Movies how excited he is to take on this role, adding, “I’ve got my d-n Tomb Raider saddlebag! I am ready to get lost in a godd-n tomb!” While very little is known about the story, it has been confirmed that this reboot is based on the Square Enix video game reboot that hit the shelves in 2013, with the story reportedly following a young Lara Croft, as she searches for her father. While he wouldn’t offer any specific plot details, Walton Goggins did reveal how much he admires director Roar Uthaug and his co-star, Alicia Vikander.

“This director is an extraordinarily talented filmmaker, and Alicia Vikander I’ve met a few times, we have some friends in common, but I just think she’s one of the greatest contributions to any generation of actors, man. That for me was just a wonderful opportunity. But more importantly, the story is so good. It’s so good! I think I can say this: For me, it’s like Raiders of the Lost Ark meets a genre version of the Joseph Conrad novel Victory: An Island Tale. I just jumped at the chance.”

This summer, MGM set a March 16, 2018 release date for Tomb Raider, which is currently the only movie slated for release on that date. It will arrive one week after Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph 2 and one week before Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins, Sony’s Peter Rabbit and 20th Century Fox’s Annubis. It remains to be seen how many more characters need to be cast in Tomb Raider, as we inch closer and closer to production starting early next year.

Source: MovieWeb.com

Dec 7, 2016

‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Casts Walton Goggins as Villain Opposite Alicia Vikande

Dec 7, 2016

‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Casts Walton Goggins as Villain Opposite Alicia Vikande

Walton Goggins is in final negotiations to join Warner Bros, MGM and GK Films reboot of “Tomb Raider,” the latest adaptation of the popular video game starring Alicia Vikander as the iconic character Lara Croft.

WB recently announced the pic would be released on March 16, 2018 with Norwegian director Roar Uthaug helming.

Goggins would play the antagonist in the film.

MGM joined the project in 2013, acquiring rights to the popular video game to develop the feature in partnership with Graham King’s GK Films. King, who acquired “Tomb Raider” in 2011 from Square Enix, will serve as producer.

The original “Tomb Raider” video game was released in 1996 by London-based Eidos, which is now part of Square Enix. The games have sold over 35 million units. Square Enix released a reboot in 2013 with a younger Croft (age 21) being sent off on her first big adventure amid amped-up action and set pieces.

Paramount’s two films starring Angelina Jolie as the British archaeologist were released in 2001 and 2003 and grossed $432 million worldwide.

Warner Bros. will co-produce the pic with MGM and GK Films.

Goggins has already had a busy year on the TV front with his HBO series “Vice Principals” which just wrapped its first season and was renewed for a second. On the film side he was most recently seen in Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and also has the Seal Team Six History Channel series “Six” bowing next year.

He is repped by ICM Partners and Darris Hatch Management.

Source: Variety.com

Dec 7, 2016

‘Six’ Art Shows Walton Goggins in Need of Rescuing

Dec 7, 2016

‘Six’ Art Shows Walton Goggins in Need of Rescuing

After wrapping six seasons on FX’s Justified, Walton Goggins took a break from TV drama with the dark HBO comedy Vice Principals. But he’s back for more next month in Six, a scripted series inspired by SEAL Team Six missions, premiering Jan. 18 on History.

As the key art conveys, Goggins stars as a former leader of SEAL Team Six, Richard “Rip” Taggart, who’s captured by Boko Haram alongside the students and teacher of a girls’ school in Nigeria. The men formerly under his command request the rescue mission, and get it, because even though an unraveled Rip left them for contract work after making a questionable decision during a 2014 mission in Afghanistan — an event that will have surprising reverberations two years later — they’re still brothers.

“This is the most elite fighting force in the world,” Goggins says in the behind-the-scenes video below. “You don’t do what these guys do and escape that without real consequences.”

Through flashbacks, we see Rip build the team up and his downward spiral. In the present day, we watch Rip try to rediscover his humanity and SEAL identity as that brotherhood, now led by Rip’s protégé, Barry Sloane’s Joe “Bear” Graves, continues to fight on despite the price the men pay as husbands and fathers.

Six is created by William Broyles (Cast Away, Apollo 13, Jarhead) and David Broyles, a military special operations veteran, who join Bruce C. McKenna (Band of Brothers, The Pacific), Karen Campbell (Dexter), and Alfredo Barrios Jr. (Burn Notice) as writers on the series. Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall (Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor) serves as the series’s technical advisor.

Six premieres Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. on History.

Source: Yahoo.com

Oct 25, 2016

Navy SEAL Drama ‘SIX’ Gets Premiere Date at History

Oct 25, 2016

Navy SEAL Drama ‘SIX’ Gets Premiere Date at History

History’s highly anticipated Navy SEAL drama, SIX — led by Justified favorite Walton Goggins — will begin its mission on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the cable network announced, while also releasing a cast photo.

Inspired by real missions and promising to “authentically capture the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit,” SIX‘s eight-episode first season follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists.

The series opens with troop leader Richard “Rip” Taggart (played by Goggins) making a questionable decision while on a mission in Afghanistan. Two years later, Rip is captured by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s militant Islamist group, and it’s up to his former SEAL Team Six brothers — played by Jaylen Moore (Homeland), Kyle Schmid (Copper), Barry Sloane (Revenge), Juan Pablo Raba (Narcos), Edwin Hodge (Chicago Fire) and Donny Boaz (The Great Debaters) — to put their differences aside to locate and rescue their onetime leader.

SIX also stars Dominic Adams (Devious Maids), Brianne Davis (Jarhead), Nadine Velazquez (Flight), and Nondumiso Tembe (True Blood).

Source: TVLine.com

Oct 20, 2016

Walton Goggins To Star In ‘Keeping It Real’ Showtime Comedy

Oct 20, 2016

Walton Goggins To Star In ‘Keeping It Real’ Showtime Comedy

Walton Goggins is set as the star of a high-profile comedy project, which has landed at Showtime for development with a significant commitment. Titled Keeping It Real, the dark comedy is created/written by Charles Randolph, an Oscar winner for co-writing The Big Short, and has two other writing Oscar winners, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants), attached to direct. The project hails from Showtime as well as CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly, reuniting Justified executive producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly with the hit series’ co-star Goggins.

Penned by Randolph, Keeping It Real chronicles a narcissistic but well-intentioned movie star (Goggins) who travels to global hot spots and inserts himself into international incidents, only to create more chaos. Goggins executive produces the project with Randolph, Faxon, Rash, Timberman, Beverly and B Story’s Kevin Walsh.

Goggins currently stars opposite Danny McBride on the HBO dark comedy series Vice Principals where he has fulfilled his two-season commitment. Goggins also has a pivotal role in History’s upcoming Navy SEALs drama series Six. He has just wrapped the feature The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, in which he plays the role of Christ opposite Richard Gere who portrays a doctor treating paranoid schizophrenic patients, each of whom believe they are Jesus Christ. Jon Avnet is directing from a script he wrote with Eric Nazarian, adapted from biographical novel by Milton Rokeach.

Goggins, recently seen in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, is repped by ICM Partners and manager Darris Hatch.

Randolph, whose feature writing credits also include Love & Other Drugs and The Interpreter, is repped by CAA and Lighthouse Management. Faxon is with CAA and Principato-Young, Rash with CAA and Primary Wave.

Source: Deadline.com