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Timothy Olyphant: Justifying a character

  • Kindra Cooper

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 13 2012   /  12:30 pm

All too rarely, an actor is such a shoe-in for a role that audiences forget they’re watching fiction.

Actor Timothy Olyphant seems to have been born wearing the Stetson hat and ambiguous smile of Raylan Givens, the character he portrays in the TV series Justified.

The hat is every bit a distinguishing mark as Givens’ cocky jibes and out-of-time antics which audiences of cable TV have grown to love.

Olyphant describes the wily Givens as “funny, cool and smart” but insists on this simple premise: “He’s just going to work. He’s just trying to make a living like everybody else.”

Indeed, Givens is no comics superhero. Being quick on the draw is a must for a US Deputy Marshal, particularly in crime-riddled Lexington, Kentucky; However, Givens is undeniably the cream of the police crop, and when he draws his gun, he means to kill.

Givens’ alm...