Timothy Olyphant has played a tough U.S. Marshal for six seasons on the FX series “Justified,” but now he’s changing pace to play Jennifer Aniston’s ex-husband in Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day.” He tells TODAY he’s looking forward to the premiere of the ensemble rom-com just so he can meet some of his co-stars, including Julia Roberts. He also talks about his upcoming Netflix comedy series with Drew Barrymore (whom he claims he hasn’t met yet either).
Timothy Olyphant talks to Jimmy about struggling to connect with his teenagers and teaching them about the classic movie Rocky.
Olyphant and Barrymore have been tapped to star in the streaming giant’s original comedy series Santa Clarita Diet, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Picked up straight to series, the single-camera comedy will premiere in 2017 and hails from writer Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted). The comedy centers on married couple Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore), realtors leading a vaguely discontented lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita — until Sheila goes through a dramatic change that sends both of their lives down a road of death and destruction … but in a good way.
Fresco, Barrymore, Olyphant, Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell will exec produce the Netflix original. Barrymore’s Flower Films partner Juvonen will produce.An episode count has not yet been determined.
“The genius casting of Timothy and Drew combined with Victor’s unique comedic sensibility will delight, and definitely surprise, our members around the world,” Netflix vp original content Cindy Holland said.
By KATHRYN SHATTUCK / Source: nytimes.com
Countless words have been spilled on the subject of Timothy Olyphant and the Stare: that faint narrowing of those fathomless eyes, shorthand that one of his gunslinging lawmen — say, Raylan Givens of “Justified” or Seth Bullock of “Deadwood” — is about to blow a bad guy to smithereens.
Or, in real life, that an interview is headed south.
On a recent evening, Mr. Olyphant, 47, slid into a chair after a long day of rehearsing Kenneth Lonergan’s new play, “Hold on to Me Darling,” now in previews at the Atlantic Theater Company. Mr. Olyphant, a California boy without a western bone in his body, has played a lot of cowboy types. Here he’s Strings McCrane, a country-music and movie star on a downward spiral in what he called “a beast of a play, at first glance absurdly funny but operating on a very deep, very insightful level about human behavior.”