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TVLine: Timothy Olyphant talks “Deadwood”

TVLINE | There were so many false starts to this project. Had you given up on the idea of it happening?
I always thought it was never going to happen. And the false starts I never, quite honestly, paid attention to. It was white noise.

TVLINE | What was your reaction when it looked like it was all going to come together finally?
My mindset was, “S–t. I guess I’m going to have to make some kind of decision here.” It was a very curious process. I did not expect to be in the position to actually have to make a decision; I just assumed it would go away. It’s a curious [thing] deciding on whether to do a job when all of your old friends have already committed to it and  you kind of think, “Well, I’ve never been in a position to be such an a–hole.” But it was [ultimately] a really wonderful process with [series creator/writer] David Milch and [director] Dan Minahan and [HBO]’s Carolyn Strauss. I had a lot of conversations with them. The whole process was quite rewarding.

TVLINE | Why do you think you were more reluctant to sign on than some of your other co-stars?
High school reunions can be a lot of fun. But repeating your sophomore year? Not so fun. And I couldn’t tell if this was going to be the former or the latter. I didn’t know what it was going to feel like. Is it just going to be a lovely reunion, or is going to feel like, “Jesus, I’m being asked to do things I regret”?

TVLINE | Fans felt cheated out of a proper ending to this show. Did you feel like you had any unfinished business with Seth?
Perhaps it’s my own shortcomings, but I’ve never thought of a character ever needing closure. There is no character; it’s just a bunch of lines on a page. I think of it as a job. Where I feel [cheated] is not having an opportunity to celebrate the work that we did with [my] fellow cast members and to say goodbye knowing that that’s the end of this particular journey. But that’s not how this business tends to work, so what the f–k are you gonna do?