A version of this story about Timothy Olyphant first appeared in the Movies & Limited Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.
More than a decade after David Milch’s series “Deadwood” completed its three-year run on HBO, the profane period Western has come back as a two-hour movie with much of its original cast intact. Timothy Olyphant, who in the interim has starred in “Justified” and “The Santa Clarita Diet” and played the bad guy in “Live Free or Die Hard,” returns as righteous lawman Seth Bullock, 10 years older and a little wiser than he was the last time we saw him butting heads with Ian McShane’s Al Swearengen.
Did you get a kick out of being back in the world of “Deadwood?”
Oh, my God, yeah. I went from thinking it was a terrible idea and I didn’t want to do it to going completely 180 and thinking, “This is the best job ever and I don’t know why we’re not doing more.” I loved it.
So has the mustache been sitting in a drawer for all these years?
Yeah, that’s right. That mustache — I’ve wanted to have a mustache in just about every job I’ve ever had. Nobody lets you have a mustache. Amazing.
When you put it back on, was that the key to Bullock?
No. You just gotta say the words. Say the words, David takes care of everything. That’s the cool thing about acting: They tell you what to say, they give you your wardrobe. You need a wife, they supply one. You need little kids, they give you kids. You don’t have to do a lot.
Did you have to sit down and work out what’s happened to Seth Bullock over the last 10 years?
No, I don’t do that. (Pause) I mean, to immediately contradict myself, David and I had conversations about the story we wanted to tell, and you inevitably talk about what must have transpired.
His kids, for example, came out of those conversations. We thought, “Should he have kids? Historically, he had kids. Sure, let’s do it.”
Do you feel at all tied to what happened in the life of the real person your character is based on?
I don’t think of it that way. I just think of the story we’re trying to tell. I’ve always been fascinated with what David decides to honor historically and what truths he decides are in the way of the story. He sometimes seems to be willing to argue with history, and I’ve always admired that and been fascinated by it.
I’m certain we’re doing things the real guy never did, but I think we’re honoring the type of man he was — the type of man that made this country.
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Timothy Olyphant takes us behind the scenes of the long-awaited ‘Deadwood’ reunion and shares lore from the original series — including the real reason it was canceled.
In the 12 years since Deadwood was canceled, was there a point at which you assumed this reunion wouldn’t happen?
I never thought it would happen.
I wasn’t all that keen on it, to be honest with you. So, I just figured it wouldn’t happen because I wasn’t really interested in it happening. But it’s been really lovely. And contradicting that, I always was hoping to have the opportunity to work with David [Milch] again. [Playing Bullock again] had some appeal but I was more interested in working with David.
Obviously, Deadwood: The Movie can’t exist without you and it can’t exist without Ian McShane.
That’s nice of you to say. I never assumed that to be true.
At what point —
I’m being sincere about it. Put this mustache on anyone, it could work.
At what point did you start to understand that this had a real chance of happening, and that you wanted to do it?
I didn’t know I wanted to do it until about a few weeks ago. But I knew it had a chance a year or so ago. There was a natural script. David and I, we’d met a couple of times. I knew he was enthusiastic about it. So, I knew it was real. It feels like it’s almost been a year or so.
Elvis Mitchell, Dan Minahan, John Hawkes, Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Gerald McRaney and Carolyn Strauss at Film Independent presents an evening with “Deadwood” at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on April 23, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought. Starring Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, and Molly Parker. Deadwood: The Movie premieres May 31 on HBO.
Netflix is keeping up its habit of canceling shows after three seasons, no matter what the level of interest. The service has dropped Santa Clarita Diet just weeks after its third season premiered on March 29th. It’s not clear what prompted the decision, although it’s fairly unusual for Netflix in that the zombie romcom not only had star power (most notably Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) and its fair share of fans, but was strictly an in-house production. Other shows receiving the axe in recent months have come from external studios, such as the Marvel shows and One Day at a Time.
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Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.
Season 4: April 19, 2020.