"Justified" star Timothy Olyphant sat down to answer fans' questions on Facebook Friday afternoon about everything from cowboys, to family, to Wynn Duffy's eyebrows. And, oh yeah -- what might happen in the Season 5 finale and the last season next year.
While the internet has always been limited in conveying context to statements, the Olyphant/Raylan sense of humor was evident throughout the chat. Just as he did in a video touting the top 10 reasons to enter a contest to shoot guns with the star and hang on set, Olyphant teased a spoiler from season six when asked what to expect.
"Spoiler alert: Raylan's going to shoot someone."
Well, yeah. Thanks for that earth-shattering revelation, Oly.
Just as there was no rhyme or reason to the variety of questions, nor was there any particular order, but here are the questions and answers, sans all the extra comments. Trust me, you don't want to wade through all that hot mess.
Q: Will Ian McShane be in the final season? Please say he's the final big bad guy!
Q: Who came up with the idea for the Elmore tribute line in this week's episode? "Just leave out the parts we'd want to skip over."
TO: That's Chris Provenzano, the writer. I thought that was a pretty sweet touch.
Q: Do you have a favorite of Elmore Leonard's novels?
TO: Maybe Swag. But they all pretty great. I love both Raylan novels. I love Pagan Babies. They are all just good. And the short stories are amazing as well.
Q: Many fellow actors have expressed how much they love to watch Justified. Are there any particular actors that you would like to work with?
TO: There are so many Al Pacino - have you seen his work? Pretty good. Merly Streep, also solid. Brad Pitt, handsome but also talented. Johnny Depp, quirky but very good. I am a Sandra Bullock fan. I am Melissa McCarthy fan. That Michael Fassbender - someone owes that guy a trophy. Denzel Washington, Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence. I hear they all show up on time and are very good.
Q: Do you let your children watch your shows?
TO: Maybe a scene or two.
Q: How's like to be the most badass guy on television?
TO: Timothy Olyphant It’s not such a bad thing.
Q: Do you miss the Central Valley? I grew up in Livingston, and miss it occasionally. And if you do, what do you miss? I miss the peaches, the orchards, swimming in the canals (redneck, I know), and the smell of almond blossoms.
TO: Yes I do miss it. But I get back there now and then. I love (although a lot of this doesn't exist anymore) the almond orchards, canals, that small town feel.
Q: How did the character you play affect your life?
TO: It's a good thing. It's a fun way to make a living. As they say, it's child's play. But I get a great deal of enjoyment out of it...and it pays welll
Q: What are some of your favorite shows (other than Justified!) on tv right now?
TO: Well, I love Curb Your Enthusiasm but that hasn't been on in a while. I was a big Sopranos fan too. I watched the first episode of Cosmos and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest. Sherlock Holmes on BBC, that was well done.
Q: You are the only person on TV who holds a cell phone like people REALLY hold cell phones. Is that on purpose?
TO: Thank you, I appreciate you noticing. I worked with a specialist.
Q: How much Elmer's does it take to make Walter's hair at attention like that?
TO: About twice as much as we use for Winn Duffy's eyebrows.
Q: Who is your favorite villain of all seasons thus far?
TO: here's a special place in my heart for Mags Bennett.
Q: What attracted you to the show and the character of Raylan Givens?
TO: Well it's hard to get your hands on a character that cool and writing that's that good.
Q: I've heard you were a competitive swimmer; what's your best stroke and time?
TO: Ohh, let's see. I think for the 200-yard IM, I was at 150.0. And I swam the 100 Fly in 49.5. Not sure I can remember any other times. That was 20-something years ago, so give me some credit.
Q: What do you enjoy most in your off time away from production?
TO: Oh, you know, I still enjoy my children. They are pretty good kids. I like hanging with the wife.
Q: How do you not start busting out into laughter in every scene with Walter Goggins?
TO: First of all Christopher, his name's Walton. Let's not tell him you had it wrong. Secondly, we do bust up every scene that we do together--they just edit that part out. That's the magic of television.
Q: What's your favorite quote that Raylan says? Your so funny. I'm gonna miss the show!
TO: My favorite line in all the series, probably, is the response to Boyd, when Boyd says "How about I give you 24 hours, and then I come after you?" And Raylan's response is "Now you're talking." It's vintage Elmore Leonard. I don't think people know how hard it is to write lines that cool and that simple.
Q: How do you like getting to help produce a show as opposed to just being one of the actors?
TO: It's tons of fun. As an actor, the job is you wear what they tell you to wear, stand where they tell you to stand, and say what they want you to say. As a producer, you get to tell people what to do. Being a producer is the best job in Hollywood. You essentially get paid for doing nothing.
Q: Elmore Leonard created great characters in all of his books and stories. How much input did he have in the direction you took Raylan?
TO: Everything I am doing on screen is just what he suggested in the book. We never talked directly, but I am taking all my cues from what he wrote.
Q: I like cheese. Do you?
TO: In the words of Jeff Garland, I've always wanted someone to eat cheese with.
Q: Who are your role models?
TO: The Buddha, John Wayne, and I could go on and on.
Q: Raylan vs Seth Bullock in a duel, who wins?
TO: I don't know you tell me.
Q: What has been one of your most memorable moments filming the series?
TO: Filming the pilot is extremely memorable. It’s hard to recreate that--the scene at the church, the scene with Dewey, and the whole sequence with Ava--they’re very memorable because of the discovery there. The realization that we were doing something pretty special. And I think to some degree oftentimes the early episodes of every season are very memorable--Mags in the hardware store, the very first scene with Dickie where Coover has the rat.
Q: Who would you like to guest star in the final season if you could pick anyone?
TO: I don't want any guest stars in the final season, I want 'em out! We already have so many great characters in the show.
Q: If you could sit and drink with one of the classic "movie cowboys" (i.e. Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Gary Cooper) - who'd it be?
TO: Oh I'd love to have a drink with Clint Eastwood. He's one of those guys who I have the utmost respect for. I'd love to pick his brain and hear his stories. I've been collecting Clint Eastwood stories all my life, I'd love to hear them from him.
Q: You seem to be a quick draw, is that natural or learned?
TO: I have not learned a thing. Point and shoot!
Q: Why isn't Raylan wearing his famous hat anymore?
TO: Keep watching the show. You'll find out.
Q: Will you please do another cameo on The League? Or bring Nick Kroll in for a cameo on Justifed? A melding of TV's two best shows...
TO: Can Nick Kroll do a Kentucky accent??
Q: What do you do beforehand to get in character?
TO: Nothing. I put on the hat and boots and I talk and that pretty much takes care of it.
Q: What are your plans after justified is over?
TO: I don't know. Find some work. That's the plan. Hopefully something that doesn't suck.
Q: Would you like to see 'Justified' as a motion picture?
TO: I wouldn’t be against it!
Q: I like how adaptable the writing and process of shooting seems to be. How much of the script gets changed on a daily basis?
TO: It gets changed every day of the week on the day. We hardly ever shoot what's on the page.
Q: Do you really like the Clippers???
TO: When you say the Clippers, I assume you’re talking about the team of the future. Haha. The answer is yes. I’ve always been cool that way.
Q: Ever any thought to having Vic Mackey show up and kill Boyd?
TO: Hahaha. Not a bad idea. I'll run it up the flag pole and get back to you.
Q: Who is the most likely prankster on the set of Justified?
TO: Nick Searcy probably. He and Jacob. They’re not really pranksters, but there’s more fun outtakes with those guys than probably anyone else.
Q: What type of vocal coaching was involved or necessary to get that Kentucky drawl so smooth?
TO: I appreciate the compliment first and foremost. I worked with a dialect coach for probably about 2 weeks before we shot the pilot.
The season finale of "Justified" airs April 8 on FX.