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You can check out Walt’s interview in it’s entirety with Entertainment Weekly over at EW.COM now!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It was executive producer Graham Yost who said we’ll be seeing a return to the Boyd of the pilot. Is that how you see it?
WALTON GOGGINS: Yeah. I mean, minus the swastika. It’s interesting: Maybe two, three episodes [into filming season 5], I was having a conversation with my wife, and I said, “I’m just feeling an extraordinary amount of anxiety,” like in my personal life. “I feel alone. I feel suspicious of people. I don’t know really what’s going on with me. I feel short-tempered…” She said, “Walton, it’s Boyd.” And I said, “Oh my God, you’re absolutely right. That’s exactly what it is.” I’ve been really close to it, and Boyd is in a situation this year where everything is unfamiliar. The one thing that tethers him is locked away, and he’s powerless to get her out. The people who Boyd is interfacing with this year, I don’t have a lot of history with: I don’t have my cousin Johnny. Boyd and Wynn Duffy have never had a partnership before. I’m not around Raylan, and Arlo’s gone. He doesn’t trust anyone, and he’s cornered, and that loss of control is coming out in very violent ways that are not well thought out for a man who thinks about everything. It scares me because I knew this side of him was always there, but I just never looked in that part of the mirror, and now I really am.
Hearing you talk about Boyd’s fate reminds me of the fact that Boyd was supposed to die at the end of the 2010 pilot, just like he dies at the end of the Elmore Leonard short story “Fire in the Hole.” You didn’t know he’d live when you shot the pilot, right?
No. No, no, no. No. No. I died. I took a bullet to the heart and I was done. We filmed the pilot in, maybe, May, and they had their edit, and [FX president] John Landgraf and Graham were showing it around, and they looked at it, and they thought, “Well, I don’t know, man. I don’t know if we can kill this guy.” Partly because of the chemistry — I just so enjoy working with Tim, and I think he feels the same about me. But the other part is what having Boyd there does for Raylan. What is this story about these two people that came from a very similar set of circumstances, but one went this way and one went the other way, and yet, they’re more similar than either one of them cares to admit. That’s really interesting. When you’re making a show about a small town in America, with that comes a lot of history, and what better way to serve the protagonist than to have a person that has known him since the beginning and knows his secrets, knows him that intimately. They did their testing, and they talked about it, and they came back and said, “Would you stay?”, and I jumped at the chance. I just wanted to know where the story went as much as they did. So it was very organic: Tim saying, “Let’s see what happens to these two people,” and it was intriguing enough to me that I couldn’t say no, and I’m the better man for it…. One of the greatest things that I will take away from this experience will not be what I see on television, but what I read in [Leonard's 2012] book Raylan. It’s one thing to bring a character back on television, and while Elmore has done that before in his literature, it’s another thing to bring a character back on the written page. I get to give that book to my son someday, and say, “He brought Boyd Crowder back because of the show and because he liked him,” and that means more to me than pretty much any compliment you could give me.
Graham has said the writers are planning for the show to end after six seasons. Is that what you had in mind?
I think we all feel that way, and we don’t want to stay too long at the party. More importantly, I think from my conversations with Graham, and Tim’s conversations with him, that’s really the amount of time we need to tell this story the way that we want to tell it with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Graham and I were at dinner in New York one night, just the two of us, and he said, “l look at Justified as a two chapter book: The first three years is the first chapter, and now the last three years is the second chapter.” It’s a book that I’m as excited to read as the people who watch the show.
Check out the rest of Walt’s interview over at TVWise.co.uk now!
TVWise: How would you explain Boyd’s frame of mind as we begin season five with Ava unjustly imprisoned?
Walton Goggins: I feel that Boyd is cornered. He’s a man with no real options and he is impotent, he is without power and that’s a very scary place for a man like Boyd Crowder to be. In that situation – which has never really happened to him – it’s a new paradigm for Boyd. He’s acting out in ways that he normally otherwise would not. He’s been reduced to a man who is reactive instead of proactive. So, when you are the kind of person that Boyd Crowder is, that can be very dangerous.
TVWise: Your character has gone through many ups and downs over the past four seasons, as an actor, how has it been to play this role?
Walton Goggins: It’s a dream come true. I’ve been in television now for almost 12 years in this way, on a series. To go from my first experience which was 7 years to this experience, I feel like I am one of the most blessed actors working because I’ve had an opportunity to play two guys back to back that are never static, always moving and always changing and tragic in similar, but very, very different ways. I understand what this opportunity means and what this experience really means. Michael Chiklis said something to me during the first season of The Shield and it’s been a mantra of mine for the better part of a decade now. He said you should never be cavalier with success. It is something to be honored and respected and to be grateful for every single day. I feel that way 5 years into this show and all the friendships I’ve made and getting to work with Tim Olyphant and all the other actors. It will be a sad day when I no longer button my shirt all the way to the top as Boyd Crowder.
TVWise: Has there been a scene or moment that occurs this season that stood out to you and might surprise us fans?
Walton Goggins: There have been multiple [scenes] this season. At the end of episode 1 and what Boyd does at the end of that episode really surprised me. It went through several different incarnations before we settled on that one. It was the choice that was most organic to Boyd and the journey that he finds himself on. This is a man whose greatest sword is his tongue and for the first time when faced with the truth about his own responsibility for Ava’s incarceration, he has nothing to say and that never happens to a man like Boyd Crowder. When it did happen, he resorts to brutality and the response of an animal. Once that is over as you see in episode one, once he has exercised those pent up emotions, he’s able to go back to being himself and that was very surprising to me. It’s something I’ve always known was there if he was forced in a corner, but it’s the first time it’s ever really happened to that degree.
Special thanks to Troy of TVWise.co.uk for the opportunity to assist in his interview.
Check out this exclusive scoop on the all-new season of Justified, courtesy of TVLine.com!
PREVIOUSLY ON… | ?Ava was prison-bound for the murder of Delroy, Nicky Augustine’s reign of terror came to an end in a hail of bullets, and Winona’s was still with child.
COMING UP NEXT | Season 5 will introduce us to Dewey Crowe’s extended crime family, and his brood is every bit as dysfunctional and deplorable as the Bennetts of Season 2. But there’s one major difference between the two crazy clans: Whereas Mags’ bloodline “had a history in the region,” Dewey’s Florida-based kin (led by Michael Rapaport’s ruthless Dale) “are an invasive species,” notes exec producer Graham Yost. An unhinged-as-ever Boyd, meanwhile, is doing “everything he can to get Ava out of jail,” a pursuit that “forms the story for the first five episodes” and beyond, notes Yost, who promises that Ava’s struggle behind bars will be less Orange is the New Black and more, well, Justified (translation: expect a healthy dose of jailhouse savagery). And there’s big news for Raylan on the personal front. Not only does he meet a special new lady (an insightful, shrewd social worker played by Amy Smart), but he’s finally a father. Yep, when the new season picks up, Winona will have already given birth to a healthy baby [spoiler]. But don’t expect a reunion between mom and dad to follow, partly because Natalie Zea has other commitments (including Fox’sThe Following) and partly because, as Yost points out, “They know being together is just too hard.”
RETURN DATE | Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 10/9c (FX)
Justified The Complete Fourth Season arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital December 17th
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The season premiere of Justified airs on January 7th at 10PM on FX Network!
Episode 5.01 – A Murder of Crowes
In the swamplands of Florida, Raylan tangles with a deadly branch of the Crowe Family Tree, while Boyd goes into the dark heart of the collapsing Detroit Mob. Written by Graham Yost & Fred Golan; directed by Michael Dinner.
EW.com — Oh, Boyd! Justified‘s Walton Goggins is headed to Greendale! Goggins will guest-star on the Jan. 16 episode of Community as Mr. Stone, an investigator with a connection to Pierce (ex-cast member Chevy Chase) who administers a lie-detector test to the study group. “I come with scathing criticism and an offer that even Boyd Crowder couldn’t refuse,” he says. “It’s really an opportunity for this group of characters that we’ve all grown to love to really look at themselves and to take a moment to reflect on who they are in this world. I don’t think people will view this show the same way afterward — because of the things that are said and because of what the characters say about themselves. And it does it in a way that only Community can do. It does it with biting humor and a real understanding of smart people understanding themselves. And it’s very touching in the way that it wraps up without telling you how it all unfolds.”
What can viewers expect from Mr. Stone? “It’s all in the name, isn’t it?” says Goggins with a chuckle. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if that Stone cracks open at some point during the episode in a way that was surprising to me when I read it and even more surprising to me when we did it. I’ll leave that caveat unexplained.”
He will, however, explain why he decided to try his hand at a half-hour comedy. In addition to being a Community fan, “I’m always looking to not only challenge myself, but to put myself in situations where I’m not just intimidated but outright insecure,” says Goggins. “I felt that way about Venus Van Dam on Sons of Anarchy, and I felt that way about Boyd. I felt that way about Shane [from The Shield], to be quite honest with you. … God knows I fell in love with [playing straight comedy], and I sure would like to do it again.” Are there any other shows that he has his eye on? “An interesting pairing for me would be Boyd Crowder on The Big Bang Theory,” he says. “He’s just as smart as those fellows, but he brings something different to the table.” Leonard and Sheldon, consider yourself warned.
Community returns to NBC for its fifth season on Jan. 2.
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