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Timothy Olyphant of "Justified"
on FX 2/8/11
I did attend this conference call, but I was not able to
ask a question, due to technical difficulties on my part. I was very
bummed about that. He seemed like a really nice, laid-back guy,
but passionate about his work. "Justified" is a great show and Olyphant
does an awesome job! Plus he's gorgeous! :)
Moderator: Lindsay Colker
February 8, 2011
10:00 am CT
Operator: Welcome to the Justified with Timothy Olyphant conference
During the presentation, all participants will be in a listen-only mode.
Afterwards, we will conduct a question-and-answer session. At that time
if you have a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your
telephone. If at any time during the conference you need to reach an
operator, please press star 0. As a reminder, this conference is being
recorded Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
I would now like to turn the call over to Ms. Lindsay Colker from Sony
Pictures. Please go ahead, maíam.
Lindsay Colker: Hello and thank you all for joining us for the Justified
conference call with series star and producer Timothy Olyphant.
Justified returns for its second season tomorrow, Wednesday, February 9,
2011 at 10 oíclock pm FX.
Justified is based on the works of Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard,
including Leonardís short story, Fire in the Hole. Fresh off the epic
gun battle that concluded Season 1, Season 2 of Justified finds Bo
Crowder dead and the Crowder criminal grip on Harlan County broken.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, played by Olyphant, must now face off
against the criminal organizations that are moving to fill the void, and
finds himself entangled once again with the mercurial Boyd Crowder,
played by Walt Goggins.
A transcript will be made available beginning tomorrow, which will - I
will send to all of you.
With that, I will turn it back over to you, operator, to begin to our
Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to register a
question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. You
will hear a three-toned prompt to acknowledge your request. If your
question has been answered and you would like to withdraw your
registration, please press the 1 followed by the 3. If you are using a
speakerphone, please lift your handset before entering your request.
And our first question comes from the line of Lisa Steinberg of Starry
Constellation Magazine. Please proceed.
Lisa Steinberg: Hi. Itís such an honor to speak with you.
Timothy Olyphant: How are you, Lisa, and 40, 50 other? This is the...
Lisa Steinberg: What...
Timothy Olyphant: ...craziest - I just want to say that was the most
exciting three minutes prior to an interview than I can ever recall.
Lisa Steinberg: Itís the buildup, my friend.
Timothy Olyphant: Oh, my goodness.
Lisa Steinberg: Anticipation always gets you. What have you learned
about Raylan from filming this recent season?
Timothy Olyphant: What have I learned about Raylan from the second
season? Heís not any taller than he used to be. Iím not sure. You know,
Iím terrible at that. Iíve got to be honest with you, Iím just trying to
figure out what to do next, but he seems like heís got a -- as usual --
heís got a lot problems.
Lisa Steinberg: What keeps challenging you about playing this character?
Timothy Olyphant: God, so itís - what keeps - Iím sorry, forgive me.
Lisa Steinberg: Challenging you about playing this character.
Timothy Olyphant: Well, you know, itís really more about - the character
is just a joy to play. Itís more just about the beast of - you know, of
television production and just trying to keep your head above water and,
you know, stay in front of it, and just remember how much fun it is.
Lisa Steinberg: Why do you think people keep tuning in to watch
Timothy Olyphant: Well, if they are like me, they think itís really
good. Iím proud of the show, you know? I think itís good story telling,
you know? It starts first and foremost with Elmore and Iím a big fan of
his. And I think Graham and the rest of the writers have just really
kind of sunk their teeth into it and just done a wonderful job. So, itís
good stuff, you know? Itís hard to find good stuff.
Lisa Steinberg: Well, Iím looking forward to many more seasons. Thank
Timothy Olyphant: Well, thank you. I appreciate you calling.
Lindsay Colker: If you can all please keep it to one question that would
be great. We have a lot of people that are on the line that want to ask
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Amy Harrington from
Pop Culture Passionistas. Please proceed.
Amy Harrington: Hi. Thanks for talking to us today. Iím here with my
sister Amy and Nancy.
Timothy Olyphant: Hello.
Amy Harrington: What - we were wondering if you had actor...
Timothy Olyphant: So, in addition to the 40, 50 people, people are also
bringing their siblings and stuff? Is that whatís going on?
Amy Harrington: That is correct.
Timothy Olyphant: Wow, fantastic.
Amy Harrington: We are writing partners. We were wondering if there were
actors from early, either westerns or cop shows that influenced your
take on Raylan Givens?
Timothy Olyphant: No, I really didnít look past the - you know, the
books. After that, I tend to draw inspiration from whatever just kind of
floats my boat for the moment. But, I really spend a lot of time with
the source material and I read those books constantly, and spent time
with Elmore. And then, it was conversations with Graham, you know? And
it was some conversations with U.S. Marshals; things like that.
Amy Harrington: Excellent. Well, thank you for your time today.
Timothy Olyphant: I appreciate it. Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Mike Hughes from TV
America. Please proceed.
Mike Hughes: Yes, (I just) kind of get the feeling of you really have
the rhythm of people in the back woods and so forth, and these dialogue
and so forth. First of all, remind again where youíre filming it, and
then tell me have you gotten any chance to get around and just get more
of a feeling to see if you just kind of associate with life down there?
Timothy Olyphant: I - to remind you where weíre filming it, we are
currently filming it out towards - a great deal of it we film out in
Santa Clarita, which in the summertime you just head straight towards
Mike Hughes: Okay.
Timothy Olyphant: ...and just before you catch on fire there.
Mike Hughes: And yet it feels so much like back woods Kentucky when you
think (about that)...
Timothy Olyphant: Well, I - that - you know, the - our producers and
locations managers are doing a hell of a job. Theyíve got their work cut
out for them. And then, I think at the end of the day it comes down to
the riding and the funny voices, you know?
Mike Hughes: Yes, and so have you ever had a chance to like talk - to
visit that part of the country or anything to get more of a feeling of
the rhythms (and that)?
Timothy Olyphant: No, I havenít. Iíve - I spent time with people and
talked to a lot of people. Our writers had a chance over the break to -
they all went down there as a group. A lot of characters youíll see this
season are based on people theyíve met. And so, Iím thrilled that, you
know, it feels like weíre capturing it because Lord knows weíre given it
the old college try.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Brittany Frederick of
Digital Airwaves. Please proceed.
Brittany Frederick: Hi, Tim. The first thing I wanted to say real quick
is you are one of my all time favorite actors, so this is just an honor
and a pleasure to get to talk to you.
Timothy Olyphant: Well, I like you already. Thank you. Itís very kind of
you to say.
Brittany Frederick: Now, I know you picked up a producer credit for this
season, so what made you want to get involved on that level, and how
much behind the scenes are you involved?
Timothy Olyphant: Well, last year I just pretended to be a producer and
I rather enjoyed it, so I thought, might as well get the credit. It was
- itís really one of the great joys of the job and one of the real
challenges of the job is, you know, kind of being a part of the whole
What was the follow-up? I missed the second half. Wait, did I lose you?
Operator: Hold on, please. Hold on, please. Hold on.
Timothy Olyphant: Yes. Somebody press a button. Press number 1 to log
Operator: Please press 1, 4.
Timothy Olyphant: There you go. See, 1, 4.
Operator: Hold on. Okay, we will move on to the next question. Our next
question comes from the line of Joseph Dilworth from Pop Culture Zoo.
Joseph Dilworth: Hi, Timothy, and thanks - thank you very much for your
Timothy Olyphant: No, pleasure. I appreciate you guys all doing this.
Joseph Dilworth: Youíve made Raylan Givens probably one of the most
interesting and dynamic characters in TV right now, and I was just
wondering if any of that came from maybe a love of playing cowboys and
Indians when you were a kid, or you know how does it feel basically to
get to play a modern day cowboy every week?
Timothy Olyphant: You know, I - it - I appreciate that. Thank you. Iím
not - very kind words. I canít take full credit for it. Iím really just,
you know, saying the words and trying to kind of bring it to life.
The - you know, itís all cowboys and Indians when it comes down to it.
You know, itís kind of the fun of the job, itís childís play, and I get
a great deal of fulfillment out it. It just so happens every now and
then you actually put on an actual cowboy hat and it kind of brings it
all home, but you know this oneís fun. You know, itís always fun to -
you know, cops and robbers and in this case itís kind of more like cops
and hillbillies, and this oneís a blast.
You know, itís such a - you know, the tone of the show, the tone - you
know, Elmoreís cool, you know, and Elmoreís funny. And itís a kick to be
able to play what, I guess they call a drama, but day in and day out I
think weíre making a comedy, so itís a lot of fun.
Joseph Dilworth: Awesome. Great. Well, thank you.
Timothy Olyphant: Yes, thank you. I appreciate it.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jenny Rardon from
TVIsMyPacifer.com. Please proceed.
Jenny Rardon: Hi, thanks for taking our calls.
Timothy Olyphant: Hey, pleasure. Thank you.
Jenny Rardon: My husband and I were talking the other day and we came to
the conclusion that the expression, all women want you and all men want
to be you, applies to Raylan.
Timothy Olyphant: Nice.
Jenny Rardon: Along that same train of thought, you as Raylan can be
compared kind of to a modern day John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. That
rough around the edges, smooth with the ladies, cowboy with his own set
of right and wrong. Have you ever thought about it like that?
Timothy Olyphant: Not until just now. No, you know, it - heís - you
know, when I read the books I kind of thought, yes, thatís kind of in
the ballpark at what I was thinking. The books are great. You know, the
characterís iconic. Itís funny, you know, and Elmore - what I remember
liking about the books, in terms of what - Elmore kind of took a - took
one of those characters and, you know, handed him an ice cream cone, and
I thought that kind of made it really special.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Bill Harris from Sun
Media. Please proceed.
Bill Harris: Hey, Tim. How are you doing?
Timothy Olyphant: Iím good, thanks. How about you?
Bill Harris: Iím not too bad. I - you know, in a way this show is
presenting a world that is really kind of terrifying. Itís terrifying to
me that this world kind of exists. Iím wondering how you guys balance
sort of presenting something that maybe we donít want to see, and yet
presenting it in a way that makes it compelling and that we really want
to see it. Thereís almost like an irony there, donít you think?
Timothy Olyphant: I do. You know, my - off the top my head answer, itís
scary out there. Our job is to try to make that entertaining. You know,
thatís more or less the deal weíre all - you know, that we all signed up
for, you know? Itís - life moves pretty fast and itís pretty scary and -
you know, but at the end of the, you know, the showís about a guy whose,
you know, trying to do the right thing and get through the day with some
sense of his reality intact, and I think thereís a certain comfort in
that, you know?
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jim Napier from
GeekTyrant.com. Please proceed.
Jim Napier: Hey, Timothy. Thank you very much for your time today. I
really appreciate it.
Timothy Olyphant: Pleasure. Thank you. And Iím a fan of geeks and
Jim Napier: Well, hey, that - weíre a great fan of you. We love all your
film and your TV work with the show. This is fabulous television,
really. One of the big questions weíve been tossing around here is the
fact that you are (unintelligible)...
Timothy Olyphant: The geeks or the pirates? Are they - are everyone
there is in - I mean...
Jim Napier: Well, yes, you (unintelligible)...
Timothy Olyphant: ...you take a geek and put an eye patch on him,
thereís a fucking show right there.
Jim Napier: That is a good show. That is a good show. Yes, I - no, what
we - what weíre curious about is the fact that youíve decided to take a
departure from your past work on film to shoot this television show and,
you know, itís really - it really has a feel of a film. How do you enjoy
building character over the time in television versus building a
character for a short film in that capacity?
Timothy Olyphant: Well, the fun of it is - you know, really is - you
know, I - in a film you more or less know the beginning, middle, or an
end and you might have some wiggle room in there, but this really is a
journey, you know, and Iíve been very fortunate to be kind of allowed in
on a part of that process. So, that is one of the real challenge here
for me that Iíve really enjoyed, which is - you know, itís - I donít
think of it as building a character. I just think of it, you know, weíre
just telling a story and I donít know how itís going to end, and thatís
kind of the fun of it.
But for me, you know, at the end of the day this - it - the same things
apply. You know, Iím still trying to scene to scene figure out what it
is Iím doing and basic rules still apply. And youíre just - I think, you
know, the tremendous upside here is that itís such a great character,
and itís really tough to get your hands on a great character.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Sheldon Wiebe from
EclipseMagazine.com. Please proceed.
Sheldon Wiebe: Thanks for doing this, Timothy. Really appreciate it.
Timothy Olyphant: My pleasure. Thank you.
Sheldon Wiebe: Now, in Season 2 we meet Mags Bennett and her sons, and
Timothy Olyphant: Oh, (isnít she great)?
Sheldon Wiebe: ...family - isnít she wonderful?
Timothy Olyphant: Yes, sheís just great.
Sheldon Wiebe: And I like the idea of someone having a family business
moving into fill a criminal gap thatís left by another family business
that has lost its leader. I also like that Mags and Raylan have a
history, so I was wondering if you could speak to that relationship and
the impact it has on the season? And also, maybe tell us a little bit
about what itís like to work with Margo Martindale?
Timothy Olyphant: Well, all right look, first of all you snuck in about
three or four questions there, and donít think the rest of the group
With that being said - well, first of all there - the whole bunch of
them are just fantastic, both the characters and the actors playing
them. Margoís just the real deal. I just - she should be picking out
dresses, you know, as far as Iím concerned, and itís just a - itís - I
donít know what else is on TV, but Iím pretty sure thatís something
special. And itís a pleasure to work with her and Jeremy and Joe and,
you know, all those guys, Bradley playing Coover. Theyíre just great,
and I just thought we were onto something special.
You know, the inspiration for the character came from Elmore who has
written some stories about Raylan and he had a character in one of his
books that was a man, I think he was calling him Pervis Crowe, connected
to the Crowe family. And Graham wanted to make the character a woman and
Margo is just like such a fantastic choice, you know? So, it feels like
something that you just donít see.
And as far as the families and the history, I mean thatís something
that, you know, Graham and I were both really interested in exploring
this year in that sort of Hatfield-McCoy kind of culture and styles. And
I think that you know whatís - itís been really nice, you know, itís
what was alive in Elmoreís original story - short story with Boyd, and
we tried to kind of keep that alive, and also kind of deepen it.
You know, itís really nice throughout the season we keep kind of
deepening that history, kind of keep peeling back the layers. You find
out more and more as we go, little hints that we leave as we tell the -
as the story goes we kind of come back around and get a little deeper.
And itís just the world we created this year, I think, is just really
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of April MacIntyre with
Monsters and Critics. Please proceed.
April MacIntyre: Hey, Tim. Thanks so much for your time.
Timothy Olyphant: Youíre very welcome. Thank you.
April MacIntyre: (For the)...
Timothy Olyphant: For your time - Iím sorry, I finally broke down and
just like said, youíre welcome, and Iím sorry. I meant...
April MacIntyre: (Iím going to worry you to death).
Timothy Olyphant: ...I have to admit I saw Jay-Z play over New Yearís
and at about an hour and 20 minutes into the show he just looked at the
audience and said, ďYouíre welcome.Ē And I just thought that was the
coolest fucking thing Iíve ever seen, and I think Iím guilty of just
doing it myself. So...
April MacIntyre: Oh, listen, I have to (unintelligible) - I couldnít
stop watching it. I watched all three episodes back-to-back...
Timothy Olyphant: (They were the best days).
April MacIntyre: ...without (seeing), and Margo Martindale, just to
circle back to her, I was at the TCA and I actually asked her. To me
sheís Tony Soprano and Paula Dean had a baby and (birthed) Mags Bennett.
And you know so your family, the Givens family and the Bennettís,
thereís history, but it seems from me watching your work that thereís
some caring. She cares about you. Sheís proud of you. Am I wrong?
Timothy Olyphant: No, I think youíre onto something. I mean, I - you
know, Elmoreís world is always, you know, less about good guys and bad
guys as - you know, people who respect each other and people who donít,
you know? It comes down to whoís cool and whoís an asshole. And I think
that division is often more important than whoís breaking the law and
whoís trying to keep it.
And you know I think that itís always a fun choice. You know, itís
always a interesting dilemma and situation when you genuinely like the
person, respect the person, but are at odds, and plus sheís just so fun.
I donít know if it was a choice so much as just a reaction. As I was
working with her, I just find myself so fond of her and her work and,
you know, youíre like, ďWell, I guess Raylan likes her.Ē
Thatís what Iím going with.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Curt Wagner from
RedEye. Please proceed.
Curt Wagner: Hi, Timothy. Thanks for doing this.
Timothy Olyphant: Itís my pleasure. Thank you.
Curt Wagner: One of my favorite things about the show is the Boyd/Raylan
relationship, and I was wondering if you could talk about how thatís
changing this season, and what itís like working with Walton?
Timothy Olyphant: Well, Waltís fantastic, you know? I mean, Waltís just
- anytime heís on the call sheet I know itís going to be an easy day for
me, because I just sit back and let him do all the work, you know? When
youíve got someone whoís going to take the take, moment to moment, keep
you on your toes, it just - you know, I remember years ago your acting -
my acting teachers saying, ďJust work off the other person.Ē Well, when
youíve got someone like Walt it makes it real easy to do it.
As far as his character, you know, itís really great. You know, we had a
lot of fun with him this year. He - you know, heís, as Elmore said, heís
one of these guys where I donít believe a word that comes out of his
mouth, but I canít stop listening to him. Heís one of those guys who
just seems like he could be whoever and whatever he needs to be, given
And, you know, Walt can speak more eloquently about the character than I
can, but I - you know, we really had a lot of fun watching him sort of
start out with him sort of lost in the woods, and kind of regain his
footing and find his way and come back to life. And heís in a completely
more kind of dangerous and compelling way this year than last year.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Matt Sheehan from
Hollywood Snitch. Please proceed.
Matt Sheehan: Big pleasure talking to you today. Thanks for your time.
Timothy Olyphant: Thank you. I appreciate it.
Matt Sheehan: One - the one thing that I - strikes me with Raylan is
that to me he sort of seems like an extension of Elmore Leonard, as
Leonard has never really dove fully into Hollywood. Heís always sort of
been on the edge, you know, keeping - staying at armís length. And the
character of Raylan himself in the mythology of the show is also sort of
at that sort of keeping his past, his family, you know, everything in
Kentucky at armís length.
And I was wondering if those similarities between Rayland and Elmore
have occurred to you, and if so do you ever sometimes go to Elmore and
say, ďHey, if you were Raylan what would you do in this situation? How
would you react, look, smile, you know, walk,Ē et cetera?
Timothy Olyphant: I canít - Iím not - Iíve got to be honest with you. I
donít think I thought of it as - I donít know if I was ever as
insightful as you just were, and I appreciate what you said. I think
youíre on to something. I - and as far as my relationship with Elmore,
you know, more or less all Iíve done is kind of chat with him. You know,
I donít think Iíve asked too many specific questions, in terms of where
would you - you know, what would you do, where would you go?
And I think my - what Iíve really taken advantage of is just the
opportunity to be around him and to listen to him, to shoot the shit
with him, and just to - you know, itís amazing what you can learn from
that. And heís a cool customer, you know, and I think a lot of what - a
lot of the answers to some - you know, the questions that I may or may
not have are kind of right there just listening to him, you know?
He - these characters and these stories he tells are - you know, they
really are an extension of him. And, you know, just hanging out with him
you just get a vibe and I just try to copy that.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Michael Gallagher
StayFamous.Net. Please proceed.
Michael Gallagher: Hi.
Timothy Olyphant: Hey, how are you?
Michael Gallagher: There are moments in the show that are unlike
anything else you see on TV, whether itís a grenade launcher, blowing up
a building, or the question of whether or not there was a bullet in
Raylanís gun when he points it a Boyd. What are some of the moments you
- when you said this is great television?
Timothy Olyphant: Oh, you know, Iím not a huge fan of every episode, but
thereís not an episode that goes by without me finding - thereís
something - thereís always something and Iím like, ďThatís just - thatís
good drama, you know, itís good storytelling.Ē
Itís - you know, the examples are - I think are countless. You know,
this season, I mean, God, where do you start. You know, itís everything
from something small. Itís Art telling me I should get an Uzi and itís
walking into Mags store and asking her, ďHowís business.Ē You know for
me, from an acting standpoint, itís fun to be in a scene where me asking
Mags, ďHowís business,Ē is both so conversational small talk, and yet
feels so loaded.
And I think thatís part of the brilliance of Elmore Leonard, and itís
very difficult to kind of replicate week after week. And I think our
writers just do a fantastic job, which is he seems so - it seems like
small talk. It seems like heís just kind of meandering, but really
everything is kind of like a bullet, you know, headed towards a very -
something very specific. And those moments are a blast, you know?
I could just go on forever. I mean honestly, itís - the job is a - just
a joy, you know, day in and day out it is - I never - Iíve never left
that set and didnít think to myself, ďThat was great. That was just a
great scene. It was a great moment. It was a great performance.Ē Not
mine, I mean Iím just talking about the ones around me and itís - you
know, itís - I put in these long hours on this puppy, but itís - at the
end of the day you just always walk away going, ďGod, you know, thereís
something to be proud of. It was pretty cool.Ē
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jessica Dwyer from
Fangirl Magazine. Please proceed.
Jessica Dwyer: Hi, Timothy. I thank you - well, thank you for doing
this. Iíll be one of the (unintelligible) to say that.
Timothy Olyphant: Oh, nobody - by the way, nobody has to say it anymore.
Itís - I really do appreciate it. In fact, I donít think the last guy
did say it. And so - you know what I mean? He doesnít count, but from
here on forward, I realize timeís an issue.
Jessica Dwyer: Iíve been a fan of yours since you played the creepy
Tarantino film student in Scream 2, so this is a big deal for me.
Timothy Olyphant: Oh, (unintelligible)...
Jessica Dwyer: But, my question to you is you and Deadwood sort of kind
of started the whole western coming back to the forest being the cool
genre, and now weíve got you in Justified, as well as True Grit coming
out. And what do you think it is thatís made - itís kind of like the
vampire genre, itís kind of come back around to being cool again. What
do you think it is that keeps us coming back to like westerns and that
kind of story?
Timothy Olyphant: Well, I mean first of all, you know, I just showed up
to work on Deadwood. You know, David Milch, thatís his baby and that was
something. I mean, you know, thatís a genius at work just turning a
genre on its head, and it was really something special to be a part of.
You know, this one, I donít know - you know, I donít know what Iím doing
here, honestly. But, I read this fantastic interview with Walter Mosley
in the L.A. Times where he talked about our show, and that first - that
right of the bat just meant the world to me that Walter Mosley, you
know, about our show. He was talking about - what I thought was if heís
watching the show - he was saying that, you know, the westerns were
basically about - were made during a time where people really believed
in America, and that Americans believed in something very clear about
good and evil - you know, good versus evil.
And as that got a little more foggy, you know, the westerns kind of went
away. And he thought - he was really curious now to take this guy Raylan
Givens who appears to be born maybe 100 years too late and stick him in
a modern world, and start asking those questions again.
I just really was using that as an excuse to talk about Walter Mosley
knowing my show, but I donít know if it addressed your question at all,
so forgive me.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of David Johnson from
DVD Verdict. Please proceed.
David Johnson: Hey, Timothy. I thought Justified was the best new show
last year by far, so much appreciated. Just real quick, I think Raylan
is, certainly if heís not there yet, he will be like one of your - kind
of one of those iconic like TV characters.
But Iím wondering, do you - are you starting to sense that either from,
you know, people who just run into you, or even U.S. Marshalís, you
know, do you actually hear from them? You know, are kind of getting
those shockwaves about this guys - this character Raylan Givens? You
know, heís a player, you know, people are starting to recognize him and
connect with him.
Timothy Olyphant: Well, I really appreciate that. I - and - itís very
generous of you. Look, I knew when I read the thing I was like, you
know, just, you know, close the deal before somebody else gets a whiff
of this thing. Because I - you know, I trust I know a good part when I
see one, and usually when is see one I have to wait for like seven
people to pass in order for it to come - for me to get to it. You know,
itís really - and theyíre not going to because itís just good, you know?
Itís - so, I mean I knew it was a good part. I knew it was good writing.
I knew it was - I knew Elmore, when done right, is - you know, I just -
I love it.
So, you know, beyond that I can tell you, you know, people whoíve - you
know, when I run into people on the street and I try not to, you know, I
try to remove myself from the general public as much as possible with -
I have an elevator that goes straight to my room in the building, so I
donít have to see people. But, I - no, Iím just kidding, I canít even
tell if anyoneís listening anymore.
I - people have been very generous. People have been very complimentary.
And I know the difference between someone coming up to you on the street
and saying, ďHey, youíre that dude, right. Yes, thatís what I thought.Ē
And I know the difference between that and somebody coming up and
saying, you know, ďBig fan of the show. Big fan of that character.Ē
And, you know, that - you know, thatís - itís nice, you know? Youíre out
there telling stories, youíre hoping to find an audience, and itís very
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Christina Core) from
Maverick Media. Please proceed.
Christina Core: You and Natalie Zea have amazing chemistry both
off-screen, I listened to the entire Hatless commentary and was rolling,
Timothy Olyphant: How did that go? The...
Christina Core: It was...
Timothy Olyphant: ...commentary was all right?
Christina Core: It was fantastic.
Timothy Olyphant: Youíre the best, thank you.
Christina Core: Some quality acting getting pointed out to me by you.
But, this season we do see their dynamic shift from what we had in
Season 1, and Natalie accredits that to you being a ridiculous flirt.
Timothy Olyphant: I donít know what sheís talking about.
Christina Core: Itís in an interview, I read it. Itís online.
Timothy Olyphant: Well, just because she said it doesnít mean itís true.
Christina Core: Well, you - how can you - can you put into some sort
of how you guysí dynamic has shifted from this new season with your
relationship on-screen changing?
Timothy Olyphant: You know, - well, you know, I - sheís fantastic. I
mean, you know, the same things I said about working with Walt Goggins,
Iíd say about working with her. You know, itís just - and this year, you
know, I - the list goes on and on this year, you know, Margo and so on
and so forth.
Theyíre just great and Nick Searcy, by the way Iíll throw him in there
too. Heís just a pro. Heís just not as good looking as she is, so Iím
less interested in that storyline. So, you know, I - you know, I thought
the - you know, Graham is the one who I think started the idea of the -
this - you know, these two, the ex-wife and heís - he had the idea of
having these two get back together.
And I think what that - it started as just that. It was just like, you
know, a broken relationship, but there was still some sort of, you know,
sexual kind of tension or something. But, you know, after we shot the
stuff it just seemed like there was a lot more going on there. It was a
lot more interesting. And so, when we got together, Graham and I, before
the - we went back to the - back to work here, you know, that was a
relationship that I think we were both really interested in exploring.
And as is said to Graham, if one of my buddies comes over to the house
and tells me heís fucking his ex-wife, we might not talk about anything
else for the rest of the evening. Iím just - Iím curious. I want to know
how that worked, so - and if he tells me heís in love with her, then Iím
So, we had a lot of fun with that relationship this year. I think itís
really one of the more interesting things weíve done.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Monique Hale) from
The Voice of TV. Please proceed.
Monique Hale: Hi, thanks so much for talking with us today.
Timothy Olyphant: Itís a pleasure. Thank you.
Monique Hale: She just asked my question, too.
Timothy Olyphant: Oh, she did?
Monique Hale: She did.
Timothy Olyphant: (Now what are you going to ask)?
Monique Hale: I wanted to know - I know, right, Iím scrambling here.
Timothy Olyphant: What else you got?
Monique Hale: So - one of my friends did want me to tell you that she
thinks your accent on the show is beautiful. Iím going to tell you that.
Timothy Olyphant: Well, thanks. I kind of like yours.
Monique Hale: Well, thank you. So, I love the dynamic between Boyd and
Raylan, and I want to know, do you think that Raylan accepts Boyd as
like an old friend? Does he go after him more so because he thinks he
knows him and maybe wants to prove that he can like almost save Boyd
from the criminal road heís traveling down, or...
Timothy Olyphant: No, I donít. I mean, I honestly donít think I seem him
as a friend, you know, in terms of their relationships. I see it for
just as - I think all weíve told you, according to my scripts, is they
have a history. And I think thereís a knowing this. I think thereís an
understanding between them. But beyond that, I think thatís kind of it.
I think after that it becomes about itís fun to see them - their worlds
collide, you know? And I think given what he does and given my
character, you know, what my character does itís - theyíre going to keep
running into each other.
Operator: Our next question...
Lindsay Colker: We have time for - Iím sorry to interrupt, we have time
for one more question.
Operator: Okay. Our next question comes from the line of Lance Carter
from Daily Actor. Please proceed.
Timothy Olyphant: Lance, have you thought about this question...
Lance Carter: Wow...
Timothy Olyphant: ...because this is it. I mean, everybodyís got
Lance Carter: (Unintelligible)...
Timothy Olyphant: ...and if youíre not - you know what I mean?
Lance Carter: I know, I better not suck.
Timothy Olyphant: Just donít ask me like, you know, what do you think of
your haircut this year, or anything like that.
Lance Carter: All right, hold on, let me cross that one out.
Timothy Olyphant: Okay, good. (Iím an expert).
Lance Carter: So, every character that you play, whether in this show or
film, itís just seems completely unique and youíre always one of the
most interesting to people to watch on screen. Is that
Timothy Olyphant: Well, so far I love your question. I donít know where
itís leading, but so far I donít think that anyone should be
Lance Carter: All right, good. Now, is that because of your choices as
an actor or is it the quality of scripts that you get offered, or both?
Timothy Olyphant: Now, thatís just a setup.
Lance Carter: (Unintelligible)...
Timothy Olyphant: It started with such a nice compliment, and then you
want - then the question is, should I deserve all the credit for what
you said is consistently great work, or should we give credit to
Lance Carter: You know, (unintelligible)...
Timothy Olyphant: Thatís really what it comes down to you asking, right?
Lance Carter: No, thereís some - thereís actors out there who completely
stink, you know?
Timothy Olyphant: Thatís - yes, I imagine thatís true. Sure. I mean, you
know, some people just arenít trying. You know, I donít know, Iíve been
really lucky. I feel like, especially the last two years - first of all,
Iíve been lucky. Iíve been working for a long time and Iíve just really
been allowed to work, and with very little of the baggage and the
pressures that can come with my job.
Iíve just been able to year after year for quite some time now, you
know, get to the set and be in a film and not have - and just be allowed
to keep doing it and get - and just get better. Just kind of, you know -
you know you do it for 10, 12, however many years Iíve been doing it, if
it (werenít) - you know, if youíre not good by now then I think thatís
going to be about it.
But, Iíve been allowed to, you know, go to work and the last couple of
years I feel like a combination of two things. One, Iíve really kind of
realized how much I enjoy the job. And at this point in my life I kind
of show up to work with a real interest and a real commitment, and I
guess a level of confidence in terms of asking myself, you know, Iím not
looking for answers when I show up to the set. Iím just asking the
questions, you know, asking questions over and over.
And I think Iíve been given some great material. I mean, in the last
couple years I did a small movie, High Life that went to the Berlin Film
Festival. I did Perfect Getaways, The Crazies, this, the TV work Iíve
been able to do, stuff like with those guys in Damages. Theyíve been
great roles. Theyíve just been really great roles and Iíve been able to
have a dialogue, a meaningful dialogue and collaboration with the film
makers on each one of those projects.
And each time itís led to, you know, work that Iím really pleased and
Lindsay Colker: Thank you. That was our last question. I just want to
thank everybody for joining. Thank you, Tim, for participating. Again,
Timothy Olyphant: No, thank you all. It was really very kind of you. Iím
sorry, you tell them when to watch it. I really appreciate it everybody.
Lindsay Colker: Justified premiers tomorrow, Wednesday, February 9 at 10
oíclock pm on FX. Again, a transcript will be sent to everybody who had
joined the call. Apologies if you werenít able to ask a question.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes the conference call for
today. We thank you for your participation and ask that you please
disconnect your line.
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