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.”