Looks like in March Olyphant is going back to be a lawman with simmering fury just beneath the surface on FX’s Justified. I am trying to think of a role Olyphant has been in that I did not like and am coming up empty. I thought he brought an edge to that movie role with Bauer’s daughter in in it. Girl Next Door, maybe. The brief article here brings up the movie Go, which I sometimes forget. Its like he is always a bit more dangerous and unpredictable than the role would call for, which is always a positive and brings something few others can as a result. I even liked that mediocre Summer movie with the killer on the island that was full of holes. Ahh, that’s it, the Perfect Getaway.
FX does not have its own site yet, but I did see a preview after Damages last night that immediately brought Deadwood to mind and with most folks, I would say trying to copy a successful formula would be lame and pretty much a wasted effort. However, since we only got 3 Seasons of Deadwood and I dug Olyphant’s character so much from the very first episode, I don’t really care. This one will get a pass for several episodes…if it needs it.
“Olyphant stars in the lead role of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Givens is a modern day 19th century-style lawman, enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service. That conflict results in a reassignment for Givens to the U.S. District covering the town where he grew up. He is an anachronism – a tough, soft spoken gentleman who finds his quarry fascinating, but never gives an inch. Dig under his placid skin and you’ll find an angry man who grew up hard in rural Kentucky, with an outlaw father, who knows a lot more about who he doesn’t want to be than who he really is.”
EDIT: Then there is also the following “The Crazies”, which comes out next month ans I saw the trailer before Eli. A town gets an insanity disease…his outfit may give his role away: