Updated with full interview.
How much fun was this?
It was exactly that. I don’t want to speak for everybody, but I’m pretty sure all involved had a good time.
Does it come right back to you? Is it like an old pair of shoes or does it take some work to get back into that mode, into the voice, into the swagger?
You just put the shoes on and off you go. Put the shoes on. The hat still fits.
At the end of the original show, were you just done or were you still actively thinking, “Okay, well, if something comes along down the road, I’d be interested?” Did you have to be talked into it, I guess (is the question)?
My memory is, and I realize that’s not that reliable, but my memory is I said way back when that I’d be interested in coming back, getting the gang together again after some time. But that perhaps we needed some time just to free us up creatively.
I imagine it can be a mixed blessing to have something run so long and have the job be that chunk of your schedule, right?
It’s not just that. I think that the show is so much fun and creating these seasons back in the day, it’s a ridiculously difficult challenge for the writers and then at the same time just such a joy to do it. But in the end, I think that the nature of serial television is you feel beholden to things that creatively might not be what’s best. And just by taking a break, that alone just gives you some freedom to have some perspective to approach the work fresh. And in this case, since Graham (Yost) wasn’t going to come and write the show, the fact that (Dave) Andron and (Michael) Dinner took over, I think that break and that change to take the character to Detroit, it just took the shackles off. It just allowed them to make it their own. It gave them some freedom, and I think it made it exciting. Can we bring all these new characters in, do something totally different, and yet still have it feel like the show?
Does the limited series model open you up in terms of like, “Well, maybe we’ll come back in a couple of years?” As opposed to, okay, next season, next year, the next season, the next year. You’re a little freer with time. Is that part of the appeal?
Yeah, that’s what I was referring to, that I recall saying that years ago. That if they were interested in that kind of model, I think that’d be fun for everybody involved. I mean, it’s what they’ve been doing with that Bond character for half a century.
I was going to reference the old Murder She Wrote movies that would come back around. Bond is a bit of a cooler comp than Angela Lansbury for you, so I guess we’ll go with that one.
I’m an Angela Lansbury fan. That woman was money, so I appreciate that (comp).
Father Dowling Mysteries too.
I appreciate that as well. I’ll take all the cool old TV. I think Tom Selleck did it (make a series of TV movies) for a while.
I can’t remember what the name of it was, but yeah.
I’m going to go with Quigley.
I don’t think it’s Quigley Down Under, I don’t think that’s what we got as a movie-of-the-week every year or so. We should have. (Laughs) Oh, you know what? Jesse Stone? That’s it.
Oh, Jesse Stone. Okay, well, yeah, that has appeal to me (the limited series model).
When you came back to do the Deadwood movie, you were finishing up a series that didn’t have a proper ending. Justified did, though, and it was an ending everybody liked.
I know. If this one doesn’t work, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Had you ever expected to play Raylan Givens again?
I believe I’m on record as saying, before we wrapped the original show, that while I felt we should wrap the show, I reserve the right to come back later. I thought there might be something creatively beneficial to taking a break. I’d seen Bond movies, and I feel like the breaks served them well.
So how did this return come about?
The gang has stayed in touch. Both with Graham [Yost] and some of the other writers in the room, we’ve all remained in touch, as I’ve remained in touch with some of the folks at the network. Every cocktail had [someone asking], “What do you think? Should we do it?” But there was never enough there to jumpstart a serious conversation. But the book changed that. Elmore gave us a jumping-off point.
In the book, the Raymond Cruz character has a lot in common with Raylan. Both of them carry themselves like they’re modern gunslingers.
It just felt Justified-adjacent. I don’t think Elmore would take it personally if I said that some of his books, while totally different characters from totally different backgrounds, they’re essentially cut from the same cloth. I wasn’t even particular about City Primeval. I just thought if we could get an Elmore book that we could strip for parts, it might start a conversation. Graham was happy to be involved, but he didn’t want to write it. I think for years, we talked about, “You know, he’s a federal marshal, he can go anywhere.” We always had a fantasy about taking him on the road, taking him to places like Italy. I don’t know how Italy became Detroit.
Did it feel different to you playing Raylan again, versus playing Bullock again for Deadwood?
There were things about the Bullock, about the performance, I wanted to fiddle with. Because over that period of time, I wanted to think I’d gotten better at my job. It was an interesting challenge of, how can I make some adjustments but still honor the character? With this one, I felt, Well, I haven’t gotten any better since we wrapped. This should be pretty easy. [Laughs]
Via thewrap.com: The actor tells TheWrap that all the issues the union is striking for are important: “It’s a big, giant union with a lot of members”
The stars of Max’s upcoming drama series ‘Full Circle’ including Zazie Beetz, Timothy Olyphant, Jharrel Jerome, Jim Gaffigan and CCH Pounder, dish about what made them want to join the thriller project, the complex characters, and what it was like working with Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh.
Via nytimes.com: By Jeremy Egner / Photos by Philip Cheung
“I like to think there’s been some growth.”
This was the actor Timothy Olyphant in New York last month, musing on the trajectory of his career from a TriBeCa sidewalk. He was referring specifically to the task of resurrecting past roles, which he first did a few years ago in the 2019 movie revival of “Deadwood.”
Now comes “Justified: City Primeval,” an eight-episode limited series premiering on July 18, on FX. It features Olyphant returning to what is arguably his signature character, Raylan Givens, the Stetson-sporting deputy U.S. Marshal who anchored the Kentucky crime drama “Justified” for six seasons.
The new show follows Raylan to Detroit for a fish-out-of-water adventure with a murderous baddie (Boyd Holbrook) and a sharp-elbowed but alluring lawyer, played by Aunjanue Ellis. The creators describe it as the existential evolution of a character, invented by the crime fiction grandmaster Elmore Leonard, who is starting to realize that he can’t chase killers forever and that he is running out of chances to connect with his teenage daughter.
“It’s a mature, grown-up version of the show that we did,” said Michael Dinner, who created the limited series with Dave Andron. Both are former writers and executive producers on “Justified,” which ended its run on FX in 2015.
The creators and Olyphant, who is also an executive producer on “City Primeval,” hope to bring back Raylan for at least one more series after this one. But first, they are going to find out if people are still interested in the character or “Justified” without the original show’s evocative backwoods setting and colorful criminals, played by the likes of Walton Goggins and Margo Martindale.
Read the full article at The New York Times (nytimes.com)
FX’s Justified: City Primeval premieres July 18 on FX. Stream on Hulu.
Full Circle premieres July 13 on Max.
During the premiere of his new series Full Circle at the Tribeca Film Festival, Timothy Olyphant addressed his past audition for the role of Iron Man in the Marvel franchise.
Former Marvel president David Masiel recently revealed that Olyphant had been considered alongside Robert Downey Jr. for the iconic part.
However, Olyphant now considers himself “too old” to don the superhero suit. When asked about his continued interest in starring in a Marvel movie, Olyphant humorously responded, “Did they already cast that role? … Fingers crossed that something else comes up.”
While acknowledging his age, he didn’t entirely rule out the possibility of joining the MCU if offered a role.
The role of Iron Man ultimately went to Downey Jr., who portrayed the character in numerous films, including the monumental Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
Olyphant expressed his respect for the franchise while stating his belief that he is no longer suited for those types of movies due to his age. However, he remains open to future opportunities if Marvel comes calling.
“I’m too old for those movies,” while not ruling out an MCU role stating, “If they call, I’d answer.”