Jus­ti­fied

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - COVER STORY - WAL­TON GOG­GINS

And that’s a feel­ing that is shared by your fel­low ac­tors and col­leagues on the show? I per­son­ally have an ob­ses­sive- com­pul­sive dis­or­der when it comes to many dif­fer­ent things in my life. I ob­sess over things be­cause I care about them. And rarely have I worked with another ac­tor who ob­sesses on the same level as I do. For Tim, I don’t know if it ap­plies to the rest of his life but I know it ap­plies to

ad­di­tion to be­ing one of the most con­sis­tently en­ter­tain­ing crime dra­mas on tele­vi­sion, Jus­ti­fied is also one of the most con­sis­tently in­ter­est­ing.

And one of the most in­ter­est­ing as­pects of the se­ries is the com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ken­tucky law­man Ray­lan Givens ( Ti­mothy Olyphant) and lo­cal crime boss Boyd Crow­der, played by Wal­ton Gog­gins.

The two were childhood friends, and rem­nants of that friend­ship still linger, even though the two men are now on op­po­site sides of the law.

Boyd was ac­tu­ally never meant to be a reg­u­lar char­ac­ter on Jus­ti­fied but it quickly be­came clear he could add some­thing vi­tal to the se­ries, and Gog­gins’ charis­matic por­trayal of the cun­ning crim­i­nal has in­deed be­come as piv­otal to the show as Olyphant’s ex­cel­lent work in the lead role. The re­la­tion­ships be­tween the char­ac­ters on Jus­ti­fied give it great depth and en­ergy. How does the cast de­velop and main­tain that rap­port? One of my great­est fears as an ac­tor is ap­a­thy. I re­ally care about it and I re­ally care about Joelle [ Carter, who plays Boyd’s fi­ancée Ava]. I re­ally care about Tim.

So if you boil it down, for me it’s be­cause I love the ma­te­rial and I love the ac­tors that I work with. Jus­ti­fied. He leaves no stone un­turned. He’ll take ev­ery stone and turn it over. Then he’ll turn it back over, turn it on its side and turn it on its other side.

He’s as cu­ri­ous and tena­cious and ob­ses­sive as I am in his ap­proach to the work, and specif­i­cally to this show. His com­mit­ment is un­par­al­leled. Do you think Jus­ti­fied adds some­thing to tele­vi­sion that per­haps wasn’t there be­fore? Jus­ti­fied is like eat­ing a good meal. It’s cooked with a lot of dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents and you get to taste a lot of dif­fer­ent flavours – you know, we mix a healthy amount of hu­mour and ab­sur­dity with the drama that we try to of­fer up.

Maybe it’s that at the end of an episode, you can kind of lay it down and it’s al­most like read­ing a book. Jus­ti­fied, Satur­day, FX ( pay- TV), 7.30pm

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