Check out the interview Walton did just earlier tonight with The Matthew Aaron Show below.
“Justified,” the Kentucky crime drama on FX, is appearing on various Emmy snub lists, but don’t expect to hear any complaining from Walton Goggins, the excitable actor who plays a cagey ex-con on the series.
“We’re over the moon, man!” he said, more profanely than can be presented here, in an enthusiastic telephone interview on Thursday.
Mr. Goggins’s euphoria was fueled by his first Emmy nomination, for best supporting actor in a drama, as well as by nods for co-stars like Timothy Olyphant, who was nominated in the lead acting category. “When they announced Tim’s name on the telecast, I started screaming so loudly I woke up my son,” Mr. Goggins said.
Margo Martindale, who played a charismatic criminal matriarch in the second season, received a supporting actress nod. Jeremy Davies was nominated as a guest star.
Here are a few more quotes from Walton about his Emmy nomination this morning.
Walton Goggins was typically humble Thursday when reacting to his supporting actor Emmy nomination for “Justified.”
“At a time in television where such extraordinary performances are being given, I’m just grateful to be included, humbled and grateful,” Goggins told me via e-mail.
Palm Beach Pulse:
“Is it weird that I’m having champagne and eggs right now?” — Walton Goggins, nominated for supporting actor in a drama series for FX’s “Justified.”
Los Angeles Times Blog:
Congratulations on the good news.
I feel like I’m floating in a vat of liquid gratitude. It’s surreal. This may never happen again in my lifetime but to go through this experience now, it doesn’t get better than this.
Cable networks did very well this morning.
I’ve been with FX for a decade [first with “The Shield”]. I’ve been in the front row of everything they’ve accomplished. I’m pinching myself.
What has been the appeal of “Justified”?
People in this business were taken with this world, which is not exactly explored in entertainment. It’s like reading a novel. I think Margo Martindale had a lot to do with our show getting a lot more attention.
For fans of The Shield, today’s nomination for Walton Goggins probably felt ridiculously past due. The actor never got the attention he deserved for co-starring as Det. Shane Vendrell in the FX cop drama The Shield, but he was no less thrilled about today’s nod from the TV Academy for his portrayal of Boyd Crowder in the cabler’s Justified. The drama earned four nominations in all, including one for star Timothy Olyphant.
Ironically, Goggins admits that he was “deep in sh–” when he learned of his nomination. Yep, he was changing his child’s diaper when he got the call. Goggins gave us the tick-tock: ”I woke up at 5:15, got a cup of coffee, sat down at 5:30, watched the broadcast, yelled when they said Tim’s name, started screaming, my son wakes up, he’s screaming for completely different reasons, fiancée wakes up, we’re dealing with the baby, changing the diaper, and I get the call. I was deep in sh–!
“I woke up out of respect for the Academy and the actors and the sheer possibility,” Goggins continued. “I got so excited when Tim was nominated, I kind of forgot that it was even a possibility for me. It was like watching my buddy Michael Chiklis getting nominated way back for The Shield. So I was thinking about calling Tim so I kind of forgot. The work being done in TV right now, and really, during the past 10 years, has been so good. I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity from actor’s standpoint with these two shows. And now to be invited to the party in this way? I hope they don’t rescind the invitation.”
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
The Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Fox is broadcasting this year’s show, with Glee Emmy winner Jane Lynch serving as host.
Deadline.com is reporting that Walton as signed on to play Wells A. Hutchins in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ which is set for a late 2012 release. You can read more below:
Walton Goggins has joined the cast of director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. He will play Ohio Congressman Wells A. Hutchins, a progressive Democrat who goes against his party and votes in favor of the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery. He will co-star alongside Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln; Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln; and David Strathairn, who recently joined the cast, as Secretary of State William Seward. The DreamWorks film — with a screenplay from Tony Kushner based on the bestselling book Team of Rivals by Doris Kerns Goodwin — is set to begin production in the fall in Virginia and will be released in late 2012 through Disney’s Touchstone label.
Goggins, it seems, is one of those actors whose face grabs the camera and won’t let go. His deep-set eyes, lean build and finger-in-the-socket haircut make him look like he could go off at any minute. In real life, the 39-year-old is anything but volatile. A passionate photographer and avid reader, Goggins takes the works of W. Somerset Maugham along on his world travels. (He and writer-director Nadia Conners named their child Augustus Somerset—after the author.)
Since coming to town from Georgia, Goggins has landed steady work in films ranging from The Apostle to The Bourne Identity. Now the parts are getting bigger. Working around his Justified schedule, raising the new baby and remodeling his 1927 Hollywood house, Goggins shot a role in Universal’s sci-fi thriller Cowboys & Aliens, which opens July 29. He’s also in Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs remake, coming in September, and recently filmed his part in 2012’s independent drama Officer Down.
Goggins currently sports barely visible braces to correct a long-ago Little League accident that knocked out some teeth. As might be expected from someone who makes his living being stared at, he had become a little self-conscious about his appearance. Just not enough to keep from smiling.
This is two hit FX series in a row for you now. Do you feel like more of a cable actor than a broadcast actor?
I think broadcast would probably say that. [Laughs.] You know, when I first moved out here 20 years ago, the people working in television were more often than not conventionally good-looking. They had a safety about them that I don’t have.
But there’s always a place in Hollywood for interesting-looking character actors.
Oh, absolutely. I think that’s why I was able to make a living in movies. And this kind of programming we’re doing—serialized storytelling—started with The Sopranos. It was almost as if independent film began to find an alternate home on cable. It was a prime opportunity for someone like me.
Was the Georgia you grew up in anything like Justified’s Harlan County, Kentucky?
No, but there are people I grew up with from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that would give any person on Justified a run for their money in the scary department.
The Hollywood Reporter: Your six-year run on FX’s The Shield ended in 2008. Did that help you get the Boyd Crowder role on Justified?
Walton Goggins: They came to me initially for one episode. Then, when the relationship between Boyd and Raylan Givens [Timothy Olyphant] was as dynamic as we’d hoped it would be, people wanted to see more. But when they talked about me joining the show in earnest, it was actually a really hard decision, quite honestly. I didn’t want in any way to stain the reputation of my Shield character. It’s a lot to ask someone to watch you on TV every single week, you know? But I felt like I really could contribute to this story, so with the second episode, I said to [Justified showrunner] Graham Yost, “I’m interested in setting up a dynamic where the person you thought you knew in episode one no longer exists in episode two.” I’m heavily involved with the story of Boyd Crowder and the way he sees the world. I’ve been invited to sit at that table in a real way, and I think that has a lot to do with my film background.
THR: So, is Boyd a good guy or a bad guy?
Goggins: Honestly, I try not to make that distinction too much and rather infuse the moments where Boyd does bad things with a morality. The audience may not agree with him, but at least they can understand him, and hopefully that generates an insane amount of sympathy. And the thing about Boyd, it’s gone beyond like, “I’m rooting for a bad guy,” to, “I just want to see what the f– this guy will do next.” You’re no longer rooting for a bad guy, you’re just watching — hopefully — the behavior. Then there are moments in the season-two finale where you saw Raylan, a United States marshal, essentially sanctioning the murder of another human being. While Boyd may seem on paper to be the antithesis of Raylan, he’s not. They’re two sides of the same coin.
THR: You’re from Georgia, and the show is set in Kentucky. Did you work with a dialect coach to make Boyd’s accent sound particular to that region?
Goggins: No, we actually don’t have dialogue coaches. I think because I come from the South, I understand the different cadences, and they vary wildly from Tennessee to Kentucky to Georgia to Alabama to Mississippi and all the way down the road. But Boyd is really an amalgamation of all of them, yet he’s none of them. His accent came out of the self-taught person he is; he isn’t influenced by things outside of his environment. It was only through his self-education that he started to form his love of words and his way of speaking. It really comes from his curiosity about things and about literature and life in general and a deep wanting and understanding of the world, and he hasn’t been able to access it other than through books. I think that has influenced the way that he speaks. He’s kind of from everywhere.