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