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Published on 02/15/2013 Under Interview News Video

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Published on 01/22/2013 Under Interview Video

Timothy Olyphant stopped by Conan Monday night to have a chat about parenting. And a light-hearted chat it was not. The Justified star tried to joke about the fact that he lets his son play violent video games just because he has done voice-over work in the genre — Olyphant is the voice of Grinch in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”

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Published on 01/21/2013 Under Audio Interview

Timothy Olyphant sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about his character Raylan on Justified, the story of Deadwood ending, and his short affair with stand-up comedy!

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Published on 01/15/2013 Under Interview Video

The “Justified” star gets a little quirky and spills on the biggest draw of being a celebrity!

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Published on 01/08/2013 Under Interview Justified News

Via denofgeek.com

Sarah (and twenty strangers) chat to Justified’s Timothy Olyphant about season four, starting tonight in the US on FX…

When it comes to doing interviews, I admit: I’m selfish. I’d much rather have ten minutes with my interviewee, all by myself, than share any length of time with a dozen other people. But sometimes roundtable interviews are all you’re offered, and when it’s someone as cool as Timothy Olyphant, well, you take what you can get.

Olyphant’s career has been a long and varied one; he’s played a detective, an alien, a drug dealer, a cyber-terrorist, a deranged serial killer, a computer game character, and dozens of other roles besides. Where he really seems to shine, though, is in law enforcement: his turn as the perpetually angry sheriff Seth Bullock in Deadwood was fantastic, and his presence also vastly improved the remake of George Romero’s The Crazies.

So he’s perfectly cast as the lead in Justified, a drama based on the books of Elmore Leonard. Olyphant plays Raylan Givens, a deputy US marshal whose shoot-first-ask-questions-later approach to dealing with criminals often lands him in trouble. The show’s fourth season is about to start in the US, and, as well as playing Givens, Olyphant also now serves as Justified’s co-executive producer, which is why he’s currently doing the promotional rounds. Below are the edited highlights of the roundtable interview, which flow about as well as you’d expect a string of questions asked by different people from all around the world to possibly flow…

(Some minor spoilers might follow, though I’ve done my best to remove them!)

After the revelation about Arlo at the end of last season, how does Raylan deal with that heading into this season?

That’s a good question. How does Raylan deal with it? Raylan’s not really dealing with it. You know, I think that Raylan does his best to try not to deal with those kind of things, that’s what makes him Raylan.

You’re an executive producer on Justified now. What does that actually mean to you and how involved are you in the plotting and the planning from season to season?

Well, first of all it means a great deal to me. I am very thankful for the opportunity and it’s made the job just thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly challenging and it really has been a pleasure to be able to have permission to work with the writers and the directors in that capacity. How involved I am? You know, in my mind I’m doing everything and but in reality I’m doing very, very little.

The writers on this show are amazing and they sit down in front of a blank page and the fact that they come up with what they come up with week in and week out is quite some kind of miracle. And my job basically is to, you know, just keep poking at it and keep asking questions. I had the luxury of not having my name on the page and I think that gives me a certain amount of freedom just to, you know, shoot out ideas of any kind. And, I don’t know, I think because I’m not a writer it gives me a certain vantage point that sometimes can be helpful when I engage with the writers and collaborate with them in that way.

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Published on 01/08/2013 Under Interview News Video

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Published on 01/04/2013 Under Interview Justified News

Via craveonline.com

Our first interview of the new year was a conference call earlier today with “Justified” star Timothy Olyphant.

The FX original series returns on January 8 for a fourth season with Olyphant as Elmore Leonard’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Word has it that Raylan will face some hill people this year, as well as the usual characters from Harlan County, Kentucky. Olyphant kept the spoilers light in previewing the new season, and you could hear the Raylan in some of his deadpan answers to straightforward questions.
Q: When will Raylan cross paths with Boyd again?

Timothy Olyphant: Stay tuned. You’re not going to get through the season without them hooking up. What we didn’t want to do is just keep having the same scene over and over. We’re doing our best to keep the story both familiar yet unexpected. When we sit down and try to concoct these things, we’re looking for the unexpected and hopefully we’ve got that this year.

Q: After the revelation about Arlo last season, how does Raylan deal with that?

Timothy Olyphant: That’s a good question. How does Raylan deal with it? You know, Raylan’s not really dealing with it. I think Raylan does his best to try not to deal with these kinds of things. That’s what makes him Raylan.

Q: What is Raylan’s connection to the hill people and how they fit in this season?

Timothy Olyphant: The hill people are characters we introduce a third or so of the way in. Like all these people from Harlan, everyone has some kind of connection to one another. The question is does that help or hurt them? That’s what we’ve got to try to find out in the course of that story.

Q: What did it mean to you to go behind the scenes being an executive producer? And as executive producer, how involved do you get with the writers?

Timothy Olyphant: First of all, it means a great deal to me. I am very thankful for the opportunity. It made the job just thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly challenging. It really has been a pleasure to be able to have permission to work with the writers and directors week in and week out in that capacity. How involved am I? In my mind, I’m doing everything but in reality, I’m doing very, very little. It’s so easy.

I’m guilty of you come up with one idea, one moment, one line, something that leads to something. It’s easy for me, I’m ashamed to say, I can sit back and go, “Look at that, there would be no show without that. That deal with the hat right there, that was my idea! It made the whole episode!” and it’s nothing. The writers on this show are amazing. They sit down in front of the blank page and the fact that the come up with what they come up with week in and week out is some kind of a miracle. My job basically is to keep poking at it, keep asking questions.

I have the luxury of not having my name on the page and I think that gives me a certain amount of freedom to shoot out ideas of any kind. I think because I’m not a writer it gives me a certain vantage point that sometimes can be helpful when I engage with the writers and collaborate with them in that way. Like I said, that collaboration has been really fulfilling.

Q: How much contribution do you have in the individual lines you get to deliver, and how does it feel to speak Raylan’s dialogue?

Timothy Olyphant: First of all, the latter part of that question is it’s a joy. It’s a pleasure to be able to say these lines and have such good dialogue. It’s hard to get your hands on that. I feel like I get to do it week in and week out. It’s not lost on me what an opportunity it is and I’m enjoying every second of it. My contribution to that, very little.

I’m not sure it’s my greatest strength. There are others on the set, Walt [Goggins] probably chief among them, who adds a real good feel to that. The word dude comes out of my mouth a lot. Usually my contributions need to be translated and re-articulated in Elmore speak.

Q: Is it more difficult to be actor or co-producer?

Timothy Olyphant: Well, the problem with being a co-producer is when the actor won’t come out of his trailer. That’s where it becomes problematic.

Q: Will you ever go to Kentucky to film?

Timothy Olyphant: I would love to. I just want to say if it were up to me, we would be there. It’s just these other people.

Q: What would bringing the show to Kentucky add to the show?

Timothy Olyphant: Well, we’d be able to do better driving scenes. We [wouldn’t] have to spend all that money in post trying to get rid of the palm tree in the background.

Q: How much Kentucky research do you do?

Timothy Olyphant: We have folks that we’re friendly with from back in Harlan County that are very gracious, they stay in touch with us. We continue to use them as a source for material and inspiration. We also spend time talking with the marshals and we spend a good deal of time trying to rip off Elmore. Whatever we can to try to put the best story out there.

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Published on 10/06/2012 Under Interview News Video

Timothy Olyphant shows off his psychic skills, which work best if you predict someone has something super-obvious.

Season 4 “Justified” scoop: Timothy Olyphant is gonna start rockin’ a Jamaican speech impediment.

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Published on 04/04/2012 Under Interview Justified Spoilers

(Spoiler alert: Don’t read this if you don’t want to hear generally about upcoming episodes of “Justified.”)

Tonight’s “Justified” ends with a shocking shootout that sounds like it sets up an even more shocking season finale: Star Timothy Olyphant says the April 10 episode begins with multiple deaths.

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Published on 03/28/2012 Under Interview Media

Timothy on Late Show With David Letterman – March 26, 2012.

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