1. What was it about Boyd Crowder that made you want to play this character?
It wasn’t what was on the page initially but it was the conversations about what this character could be that made me want to play him. I’m a fan of Elmore Leonard and a fan of the movies that have been made about his material. It’s a world that really interests me, a tonality that I like to play in and a complexity that is a rarity in television. And this world in particular happens to be rural and bucolic and this character to me was extremely smart. It’s not often that you get to play a rural person that is that intelligent, self-taught, and that was very important to me to make him the smartest man in the room. And so approaching it from that angle it was just a really rare opportunity.
2. When you played him in the beginning of season 2 did you know if he really was serious about not wanting to be criminal again?
I think absolutely. At the end of season one 18 of his men were executed by his father and I think he was like in a boat in a sort of drift on the ocean without an anchor. He just wanted to get as deep as possible emotionally and physically, and so short of ending his life he decided to go work in a bottom of a mine. And I think it was just to get a kind of perpective on his life and to really turn over a new leave. Boyd is not a person who lives in the middle, he lives in extremes and I think his journey in season 2 is about finding bounds in his life for the first time.
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