Jun 10, 2018

Emmys 2018: Walton Goggins, Hollywood’s Ultimate Journeyman, Is Finally a Breakout Star

Jun 10, 2018

Emmys 2018: Walton Goggins, Hollywood’s Ultimate Journeyman, Is Finally a Breakout Star

Walton Goggins delivered one of ET’s Standout Performances of the 2017-18 season.

ETOnline.com — Walton Goggins is, perhaps, Hollywood’s ultimate journeyman.

The actor, who has bounced between film and TV for the past 29 years after first appearing in a 1989 episode of The Heat of the Night, has been this way “since I was a young man,” he tells ET by phone, acknowledging, in some way, that he’s been “that guy from that show” for most of his career. In fact, to many, he has become known for supporting roles on The ShieldJustified and Sons of Anarchy — three shows that have earned Goggins critical praise and steady work if not “it” status or covers of magazines.

Then, in 2015, all of that changed thanks to, yes, another supporting role, but this time as Sheriff Chris Mannix in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. It was his second time working with Tarantino, after an even smaller role in Django Unchained. But this time he ran away with the entire film, stealing scenes from Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell.

While on set of The Hateful Eight, outside of Telluride, Colorado, Goggins was offered the opportunity to star opposite Danny McBride in Vice Principals, a new comedy marking the return of McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green to HBO after four seasons of Eastbound and Down. “I read the first three scripts and I was just blown away by it,” Goggins says. “I was just grateful for the invitation to come play with them.”

Soon, he was playing Chris Mannix for Tarantino during the day and at night getting into the character of Lee Russell, a conniving and sociopathic vice principal vying for the top job at a South Carolina high school. “You know, you’re tired when you fall asleep but it’s a high-class problem, isn’t it?” Goggins says of the experience.

The show, which ran for two seasons, premiered in July 2016 to rave reviews and has since earned Goggins photo spreads in high-profile magazines as well as also roles in History Channel’s Six, this year’s big-budget films Maze Runner: The Death CureTomb Raiderand Ant-Man and the Wasp, and the lead in the CBS pilot for a new TV adaptation of L.A. Confidential.

In a conversation with ET, Goggins reflects on playing Lee Russell, the most diabolical character of his career, and how much of his career is instinct versus luck.

ET: You auditioned for Eastbound and Down and didn’t get the role. But then the opportunity to audition for Vice Principals came back around and you got that. What was it about Eastbound that wasn’t a right fit, but Vice Principals worked out?

Walton Goggins: Well, that’s really interesting. I think they were looking for something different for Eastbound and Down, and when I walked in, I knew that. At least, I felt in my heart that if I got into a room with Danny, there would be chemistry. Real chemistry. That’s what you hope with people that you look up to and it was, there was a lot of chemistry in this reading. I think by my very nature, my take on things is pretty dark. I’m not a comedian by trade. I’m just a storyteller, and most of the actors in the room when I showed up were all people from SNL and comedians. So I didn’t think I had a shot in hell of ever getting that whatsoever. It’s not really ever about that for me, it’s just about the opportunity to come play with someone you respect and admire. I think because of that reading, they were kind of going back and forth on whether or not they wanted to go darker with this particular role on Eastbound and Down. Then they made the right decision and they went with Jason Sudeikis. But in their mind, when it came to Lee Russell and when it came to Vice Principals,they wanted to go a different direction. They wanted to mine these characters for who they are, their tragedies as well as their comedic experiences.

You have had such a great track record with The Shield, Justified, Sons of Anarchy and now Vice Principals. When it comes to being involved in these projects and knowing they’re going to be so great, how much of it is instinct and how much of it is luck?

Oh, God, The Shield was luck. For sure. [Creator] Shawn Ryan had been around a little bit, but it was really his first time manning the wheel, so no one knew. But it was on the page. The same with Justified. It’s Elmore Leonard [who authored the short story on which the series is based], so we had that going with us, and the great Tim Olyphant. With all of these things, it is luck. I suppose the instinct or the gut feeling is the other part of that. I read Boyd Crowder and I just saw him immediately. I saw Shane McDonnell instantly. I saw Venus Van Dam immediately and I saw Lee Russell immediately. So I think it’s a combination of luck and just knowing when I can really add something to this or that I can help this storyteller share their story. Continue Reading →

Apr 19, 2016

‘American Ultra’, ‘Hateful Eight’, ‘Diablo’ and ‘Mojave’ Blu-ray Captures

Apr 19, 2016

‘American Ultra’, ‘Hateful Eight’, ‘Diablo’ and ‘Mojave’ Blu-ray Captures

I’ve taken the time to add blu-ray captures of Walton from his most recent films from last year and this year into the gallery. Check them out below:




Apr 19, 2016

Additional Film Production Stills Added

Apr 19, 2016

Additional Film Production Stills Added

I’ve added some additional production stills of Walton from a handful of films ranging from 2013-2016 into the gallery. You can view those below:


Dec 9, 2015

Walton & The Hateful Eight Cast visit Jimmy Kimmel LIVE

Dec 9, 2015

Walton & The Hateful Eight Cast visit Jimmy Kimmel LIVE

Walton and the cast of The Hateful Eight made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE on December 8th following the Los Angeles premiere of the film that night. You can check out photos and captures from the appearance in our gallery now.


Dec 9, 2015

Walton Attends Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Hateful Eight’

Dec 9, 2015

Walton Attends Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Hateful Eight’

Walton and his wife Nadia attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Hateful Eight on December 8th. Check out the photos below and more in our gallery now.

Dec 6, 2015

Walton Attends ‘The Hateful Eight’ SAG Screening Cast Q&A & Press Conference

Dec 6, 2015

Walton Attends ‘The Hateful Eight’ SAG Screening Cast Q&A & Press Conference

Walton and the cast of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight attended the exclusive SAG Screening Q&A and Press Conference which took place on December 4th and December 5th. You can view photos in our galler now.


Nov 20, 2015

Walton Attends Press Conference for ‘The Hateful Eight’ & 7th annual Governors Awards

Nov 20, 2015

Walton Attends Press Conference for ‘The Hateful Eight’ & 7th annual Governors Awards

Walton attended the press conference for The Hateful Eight which was held in Beverly Hills, California on November 13th and the 7th annual Governors Awards on November 14th. You can check those out in our gallery now.


Nov 5, 2015

New ‘Hateful Eight’ Trailer!

Nov 5, 2015

New ‘Hateful Eight’ Trailer!

In select theaters on Christmas Day & everywhere on January 8th, 2016

Aug 13, 2015

‘The Hateful Eight’ Official Teaser Trailer!

Aug 13, 2015

‘The Hateful Eight’ Official Teaser Trailer!

The Hateful Eight will be in select Theaters on Christmas Day & everywhere On January 8th, 2016!

In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

Jun 13, 2015

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Gets Release Date

Jun 13, 2015

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Gets Release Date

Hateful Eight is storming into theaters on Christmas Day.

Quentin Tarantino’s newest film is set for a limited debut on Dec. 25 in 70mm format and will hit theaters nationwide on Jan. 8 in digital release, The Weinstein Co. said on Friday.

The Civil War-era Western joins a crowded holiday frame that includes Dec. 25 wide releases for Sony’s Will Smith NFL drama Concussion, Warner Bros.’ Point Break remake and Open Road’s Oliver Stone-directed drama Snowden. And Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be continuing its run after a Dec. 18 debut.

Tarantino wrote and directed Hateful Eight, which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir and Jennifer Jason Leigh among its cast. The filmmaker’s last drama, Django Unchained, opened on Dec. 25, 2012, en route to earning more than $400 million globally and a best picture Oscar nomination.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com