‘Justified’ leading man Timothy Olyphant chats to Gold Derby [Video]

“When we’re on the set, I tell everybody to watch ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ – because that’s the show we’re making!,” Timothy Olyphant proclaims in answer to how he gets the comedy and drama elements just right on “Justified.”

Timothy’s joking of course, as he tells Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria how he relishes playing the part of US Marshal Raylan Givens on FX’s critically-acclaimed sophomore crime drama. He says he is always striving to take his character in directions that the audience won’t expect.

In this free-wheeling webcam chat, Olyphant also touches on working on “Justified” with his pal Walton Goggins. Both actors try to shakes things up and show new sides to their complex characters. Olyphant laughs as he recalls a recent scene they worked on together: “We’re threatening to kill one another and the response, if you turned the volume down, you’d think they were making dinner plans …”

TV Guide recently raved that the show is “spectacularly entertaining…. Buoyed by the effortless charisma of Timothy Olyphant’s star turn as the laconic but lethal Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, this series is a twisted triumph” and USA Today gave the show four out of four stars, praising Olyphant in particular for blending “sexy, sardonic and stalwart as well as any actor on Earth.”

Although many pundits expected “Justified” and Olyphant to be nominated at last year’s Emmys, the show had to settle for a single technical bid. “Justified” did contend for Best New Program at last summer’s Television Critics Assn. kudos (it lost to “Glee”) and it just won a Peabody. Many Emmy favorites started out just as slowly as “Justified.” A few years ago, “Dexter” was largely ignored by the academy until season two. And back in the nineties, Emmy voters didn’t warm to “The Practice” and “The X-Files” until their second seasons.

Check out the chat below.

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