Timothy Olyphant (‘Deadwood: The Movie’): ‘When a script really cooks, you can’t wait to do it!’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Thirteen years after “Deadwood” ended abruptly on HBO, Timothy Olyphant returns with guns blazing as Seth Bullock, former sheriff and now a U.S. Marshal. The film version, titled “Deadwood: The Movie,” premieres on May 31 (just in time for 2019 Emmy contention) and picks ups in 1889 as the small western town celebrates entrance into the new 40th state of South Dakota. The two-hour project is written by the original show’s creator David Milch and directed by Daniel Minahan.


In our recent interview (watch the video above), Olyphant describes his return as the tough but mostly law-abiding lawman. He says, “David Milch is a genius. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of being around. Not that I’ve spent too much time hanging out with geniuses, but my understanding is that not too many of them have had the life experiences that [he] has had. That guy has had a very full life.”

Olyphant is one of the lead actors on the movie along with Ian McShane, who are both executive producers this time. In that capacity he was able to work with Milch on all aspects through preparations and shooting. He adds, “His words are so memorable, so specific and they do all the work for you. There’s a scene in the movie with Dayton Callie and I on the boardwalk. That rhythm back and forth with him is delicious. It’s so fun to do over and over again. When it [a script] really cooks, you can’t wait to do it! Quite frankly with a lot of jobs, you’re just trying to elevate crap to mediocracy. They should give awards for that, by the way.”

Other cast members returning include Sean Bridgers, W. Earl Brown, Kim Dickens, Brad Dourif, Anna Gunn, John Hawkes, Geri Jewell, Paula Malcomson, Gerald McRaney, Molly Parker, William Sanderson, Robin Weigert and Keone Young. Olyphant and the cast were nominated in 2007 as the top drama series ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He also received a Best Drama Actor nomination at the Emmy Awards in 20111 for his FX modern western “Justified.”

He is also excited to be in the ensemble of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” debuting on July 26 in the U.S. Of that movie he reveals as little as possible in advance: “Anyone who likes filmmaking. Anyone who likes good movies and really good stories, this is one you don’t want to know anything about. If I go see a Scorsese film or a Quentin film or buy a Bob Dylan album, I don’t want anybody to tell me what to expect. I just want to turn it on and discover it.”

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