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By Suzanne

Timothy Olyphant in "Justified"

Interview with 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 call.
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 call.

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 Justified?

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 you.

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 a question.

Thank you.

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 the sun...

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 thing.

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 in.

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. Please proceed.

Joseph Dilworth: Hi, Timothy, and thanks - thank you very much for your time today.

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 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 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 pirates.

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: 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 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 theyíre wonderful...

Timothy Olyphant: Oh, (isnít she great)?

Sheldon Wiebe: - 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 didnít notice.

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 rich.

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 the situation.

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 appreciated.

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, but...

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 really interested.

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. Okay.

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 questions...

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 (unintelligible)...

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 complaining.

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 writers?

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 proud of.

Lindsay Colker: Thank you. That was our last question. I just want to thank everybody for joining. Thank you, Tim, for participating. Again, Justified premiers...

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.

Thank you.

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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