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Sep 11, 2012
Ask Ausiello: Justified is Recruiting a New Batch of Freaks for Season 4

Written by Carol

Check out what Ausiello had to say about the upcoming fourth season of Justified!

Question: Any news at all on Justified? —Jay
Ausiello: The FX western is recruiting a new batch of freaks for Season 4, and they include a rule-bending military police sergeant who shares a past with Boyd, a fugitive family man who teams up with a pair of drug addicts, a local Constable who went to high school with Raylan, and a charismatic young preacher who starts cutting into Boyd’s profits. Bonus Spoiler: The Season 4 premiere is titled “Hole in the Wall.”

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Jul 19, 2012
Walton Talks ‘Django Unchained’, Shooting Movies Around His ‘Justified’ Schedule, and Tarantino vs. Spielberg

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Be sure to check out Walton’s interview in its entirety over at Collider.com

Question: What can you say about your character in this film?
WALTON GOGGINS: I play one of the coolest cowboys. I play Billy Crash, who’s the chief overseer on the Candie Land plantation, owned by Calvin Candie, who is played by Leonardo [DiCaprio]. Calvin has a penchant for watching Mandingos, or black men, fight, and it’s a violent fight to the death. I’m his Mandigo fight trainer, extraordinaire. He’s a ruthless guy. He’s a tough motherfucker. But, he’s also really cool.

How did you prepare for this role?
GOGGINS: Getting comfortable with the gun. It’s a big part of who he is. Quentin calls this movie a Southern, but part of it is a real Western. I’m very lucky that Billy Crash is one of the main antagonists, in the Western scope of the movie. So, I had to get really, really good with my gun ‘cause this guy is one of the fastest draws in the west, and he’s smooth. Your personality is dictated by how you hold and holster your weapon, and what you do with it, in between, so I spent a lot of time on that. I also spent a lot of time thinking about his walk and the way that he stands. I wanted to infuse this man who does these barbaric things and have him stand very elegantly. When you put that gear on, you just walk a certain way. I thought it was really cool.

How did this movie fit in with your Justified schedule?
GOGGINS: I did Lincoln in the Fall, while we were working [on the show]. John Landgraf at FX and Graham [Yost] really wanted it to happen for me, so they were very accommodating. That happens, from time to time, on shows. They were going to accommodate this too, but it got pushed a little bit. We wrapped on March 1st, and this started afterwards. The thing about cable, that you’re not afforded in network, is that we do 13 episodes, so we work five months out of the year. I have seven months to do movies, and I love both. I love going to work every day. I love my show. I love Boyd Crowder. I don’t want to leave that. But, I love telling stories in this format, too.

Jun 25, 2012
Walton Talks Playing an Outlaw Betrayed, In Love with Entertainment Weekly

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Make sure you check out the interview in its entirety over at EW.com

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First things first: When I talked to Graham Yost [exec producer of Justified] for an upcoming Emmy Watch item advocating for the show to break into the Best Drama category this year, he said there’d be dancing if that happens. He agreed to get you to clog on-camera for us. Are you in?
WALTON GOGGINS: (Laughs) Alright, alright. If the show gets nominated, I will clog for EW.com. You have my word. I may have to generate my own video. I may have to be in control of the shot and the lighting, but I promise you will have something you can upload to the site.

Excellent. Now, let’s talk about landing you another nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Tell us about the scene in the episode “The Devil You Know” when Boyd kills Devil (Kevin Rankin) for betraying him by joining forces with carpetbagger mobster Quarles (Neal McDonough).
People have written about it in ways that it kind of reminds the audience that Boyd is a bad man. On one hand, I agree, and on the other, I take issue simply because Boyd killed a man who was there to kill him. Boyd took no pleasure in that experience whatsoever. It broke his heart because he had to kill a person that he cared a great deal about, even though their worldviews had long since parted ways. You can’t leave someone like that alive in the perimeters of this outlaw world. Devil walks in full of this bravado and confidence thinking that he had pulled the wool over a very smart man’s eyes, and he was sure that it was going to end with him walking out of that room. What I got off on so much as an actor is that the first three-quarters of the scene really put Boyd in a very, very weak position. It’s the first time, at least on paper, that Boyd appears to be back on his heels, and in trouble, and there is no escape for him. It was important to do it that way — that was the only way that it really could be played to allow Devil to make the decision for himself. [Boyd’s basically saying] “I am your friend. I can find it within myself to forgive you if you, having all the power, at least in your mind, decide not to use it. Then we can talk about it.” Boyd just asks him over and over again. But Devil decided that he was going to have to pay for the betrayal that he was committing. This isn’t an actor trying to justify his character’s actions. It really isn’t. As an outsider looking at the scene, to me, that’s a benevolent leader… in a perverted sorta way. (Laughs) To me, it’s very a benevolent way of taking another man’s life.

It’s amazing how far Boyd and Ava have come in three seasons.
I know some tent pole issues that we’re going to be dealing with going forward, and we still have a lot of story to go. That’s what I’m so grateful for. We’re still going up the hill.

Jun 16, 2012
Hollywood Reporter Goes Behind The Scenes of ‘Justified’ Season 3

Written by Carol

I’ve added 6 photos of Walton behind the scenes while filming season 3 of Justified.

Gallery Link:
Season 3 > Behind The Scenes

Apr 12, 2012
Justified: 3×13 ‘Slaughterhouse’ captures added!

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I’ve added 176 HD logoless captures from the season finale of Justified into the gallery. What a fantastic episode!

Gallery Link:
Season 3 > Screen Captures > 3×13 – Slaughterhouse

Apr 12, 2012
Walton Talks Justified Season Finale with MSN TV Buzz

Written by Carol

We caught up with Goggins recently as he talked about all things Boyd Crowder as the third season comes to an end.

MSN TV: What are your thoughts on this season?
Walton Goggins: I’m really proud of the last five episodes. And when I say I’m proud, I’m not just talking about my participation. I mean I’m proud of everybody. I’m such a fan of all the actors on the show. And we’re so lucky to have Mykelti Williamson join us this year. It’s a season about crossing lines. It’s about people doing things they said they would never do. Boyd is so perplexing to me. He got an opportunity, in some ways, to stand in front of a pulpit and galvanize the people that are behind him to sway the election for sheriff. It was his way of striking back. The thing about Boyd Crowder is that he doesn’t always strike back with a gun. He rarely ever uses his fists unless he needs to. The most powerful weapon in his arsenal is his oratorical skills and his ability to empathize with people. And we’ve seen that on display this season.

Has Boyd evolved as a character?
He has. In the first season, Boyd was comfortable with who he was because he was living a lie. After the first episode, he was almost killed. And I’ve said this before, but because he almost met his maker, he found God. By the end of the first season, his belief in God and everything was shaken. The first half of Season 2 for him was about becoming comfortable with who he is and being honest with himself about who he is. And now in Season 3, it is about him building this criminal empire in a way that is slow and methodical. And he’s hamstrung by his crew. He has Ava (Joelle Carter), which is awesome, and he has Arlo (Raymond J. Barry), who is a lion in winter. And he has his cousin Johnny (David Meunier), who is in a wheelchair. But, it doesn’t matter. Now he has some muscle and he’s slowly building it and, hopefully, for the first time in his life, he’s able to see an endgame.

Would you say Boyd has become a more enlightened criminal?
Human beings are so peculiar. If you drink coffee to wake up in the morning, like I do because I have a 14-month-old son, you can’t drink too much because that’s kind of bad for you. But I’ll still drink too much coffee and I’ll find a way to justify it. For Boyd, that’s the way he approaches building a criminal empire. Initially, I think he was kind of justifying the things that he was doing because he’s a showman, a charlatan. And when he found God, he did the same thing but with different motivations. It’s thinly veiled if you look through it. That’s why at the end of Season 2, he realizes that he’s going to do the things he has to do not because he’s found God or because he’s a narcissist and needs people to follow him. He’s doing it because that’s who he is. In the end, Boyd may get brought down by the very thing that has saved him, and that is love.

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Apr 11, 2012
MTV: Season Finale Leaves Walton ‘Proud’ Of Boyd Crowder

Written by Carol

Being bad can cost an arm and a leg. And in the case of Robert Quarles, well … at least he’s still got the leg!

“Justified” concluded its third season on Tuesday night, bringing the 13-episode conflict between U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, meat-cleaving money-hoarder Ellstin Limehouse and the bleach-blond OxyContin-popping gangster Quarles to a boil. In the midst of Limehouse’s slaughterhouse, Quarles tried to kill Givens with that way-too-cool gun up his sleeve, only to find his gun — and, by extension, most of his arm — on the floor, cleaved off in one smooth move by a butcher-knife-wielding Limehouse. It was a glorious, gory way to close out the Quarles story while still leaving the door open for the immensely watchable Neal McDonough in future seasons, and an equally brilliant way to deliver on the bloody promise of Limehouse’s butchering skills, all while keeping Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan firmly in the mix.

There was only one ingredient missing from the equation: Boyd Crowder, the most complicated criminal in Harlan County. Played to morally ambiguous perfection by “The Shield” veteran Walton Goggins, Boyd nearly left season three of “Justified” in a prison cell — all-too-familiar circumstances for the pyrotechnically inclined antihero — and, in the process, unavailable for the final showdown between Raylan, Quarles and Limehouse. To a degree, Boyd’s exclusion from the scene was disappointing for fans wanting to see the character get some much-craved justice against Quarles and Limehouse, two of his chief rivals throughout season three. But Goggins sees it another way.

“In some ways, Boyd being in that scene, that’s what you expected. That’s kind of the payoff that everybody was looking for,” Goggins told MTV News in a recent interview about how the “Justified” finale played out for Boyd. “In some ways, we don’t want to rob people of those expectations, but I believe [‘Justified’ executive producer Graham Yost] is always looking for different kinds of angles. Boyd was really robbed of his revenge on both [Dickey Bennett, played by ‘Lost’ alum Jeremy Davies] and on Quarles in a way. I think that’s really going to serve the story going forward.”

You can check out the interview in full over at MTV.com

Apr 10, 2012
Walton talk’s Justified Season Finale, Boyd’s Fate, and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained

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GQ: The transitions that your character’s made over the years have been really interesting. Boyd isn’t a conflicted figure as much anymore; it’s more that he’s become this criminal mastermind who still feels that he’s a principled figure.
Walton Goggins:
Yeah, I would absolutely agree with that. Last season was about a man coming to grips with who he was, and that chrysalis can be very painful. But once you’ve crossed that rubicon and you’re OK with who you are, than it’s all about moving forward. For the first time, I think, in Boyd’s life, he’s walking in a straight line and is taking his time. He’s not running; he’s walking. This season is about laying the foundation for what it is that he wants to accomplish and manifesting the person who he is, marrying the poet and the criminal [laughs].

GQ: Boyd seems to be savoring his words more than he’s done before.
Walton Goggins:
You think? I don’t know! I think he’s always been a lover of words, and that’s one of the things that I’ve wanted to infuse Boyd with from the pilot — that he’s a person who’s self-taught.

GQ: One of my favorite scenes from the season is when Boyd and Quarles came face-to-face for the first time.
Walton Goggins:
It was so delicious. Neal McDonough! Give me Neal McDonough and a glass of wine, and I’ll sit and talk for five hours. He’s such an extraordinary talent, and so focused. He doesn’t waste a movement, very similar to Boyd in that way. We hoped that it would be special. It was written. It was on the page. We kept looking at the words during the construction of the scene, to really flesh it out and have it be an intellectual repartee, and to leave the scene with great respect for one another. I think we were able to accomplish that. There was one line that I threw in at the last minute, as Quarles is walking out the door. I looked to the people in my crew, and I said, “That’s one rare, smart man.” And it’s true! You don’t have to like somebody, but you can still respect him. Harlan County’s big enough to allow its characters to do that.

You can check out the interview in full over at GQ.com