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When he first read the script for Justified, Timothy Olyphant knew there were “so many opportunities for drama, comedy, violence and some very subtle insights. I felt, I get the joke. And so I trusted that I could tell the joke. Give me the ball and I can run with it.”
Run with it he does. But in the most low-key, laconic unexpected way, making Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens both deliberate and dangerous. And if the lawman exudes confidence, so does Olyphant, who seems even more at home in this role, than he did as Sheriff Seth Bullock in the iconic HBO series, Deadwood.
Born in Honolulu, and raised in Modesto, California, Olyphant was a champion swimmer at USC before making a splash with films like Go. To play Raylan, he read and reread Leonard, watched movies based on his books, and met with real-life Marshals. And inspired by Desdwood’s creator - executive producer David Milch, the actor is readier than ever to go with his gut. “Now when somebody yells, ‘Action!’, it’s just playtime.”
Married to his college sweetheart for twenty years and a father of three, this actor takes the long view. “At the end of the day, part of it is just being cool,” he says of the role. “There’s an effortlessness in Elmore’s work, a delicateness, a pitter-pat, a little dance. But underneath all the charm, people are about to kill each other.”


Twin Peaks - Study (x)

Fire walk with me (1992)

- Characters - Sheriff Cable, Irene, Cliff Howard, Giggling Secretary, Lil the dancer and Curious woman

The events in Ferguson and Staten Island related to Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s deaths have gotten me examining a lot of scenes from my favorite films/Tv shows and or how said works represent the topic of racism.

Tonight I re-watched Episode 4 of season 3 of HBO’s genre challenging western series Deadwood, titled “Full Faith and Credit,” 2006.

SPOILER - FREE — In the middle of the episode the Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) attempts to ease racial tensions in the growing community of Deadwood bye orchestrating a deal between a racist white townsperson named Steve, played by Michael Harney, and a black hostetler, played by Richard Gant. Things don’t go as Sheriff Bullock planned and the racist character Steve goes into this drunken rant in which he screams at the black Hostetler character for two reasons.

This scene really leaves an impression on me for two reasons:

First, Deadwood’s representation of the social norms and racist culture of the 1876 is really unique in that it attempts to render the ugly, politically uncorrect, parts of that setting and time period as accurately as possible. Essentially the shows creator, David Milch, uses the authenticity of the shows representation of extreme racism as a means of combating racism by showing how casually horrible things were back then. This method of commenting on the ills of past (as well as maybe present) society was/is, by showing how casually bad things once were, was later adopted and refined by Matthew Weiner to be employed with the topics of sexism/misogyny in AMC’s Mad Men.  

Second, in this specific scene between Steve the white drunk and the black hostetler, the narrative pace of the show slows down, then, as the Steve character starts yelly really racist comments, practically comes to a stop. As the character yells more and more racist comments the camera lingers on the faces of both the black hostetler reacting to the extreme prejudice and the faces of the white onlookers who appear to be getting physically ill listening to the hate coming out of Steve’s mouth. This is first time I recall ever seeing a scene in a TV show or film in which characters actually appear to be made physically ill from experiencing pointless racial hatred. The look on Timothy Olyphant’s face says it all, its taking everything he has not to kill Steve and its heartbreaking and I think the creators of this episode said a lot more bye having the camera linger for a few beats on this scene when they could just have easily just kept up the fast pace of the show and glossed over it.