Elmore Leonard doesn't waste words on the page or in conversation.
So when asked what he thinks of Justified, the FX series based on one of his characters, anachronistic U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the prolific author's response is simple and direct: "I like it a lot."
For Leonard, whose 43 novels and countless short stories have inspired decades of TV and movie adaptations, dialogue has always been the key to the 84-year-old writer's success. And Leonard thinks that's one of the reasons Justified works.
"When he delivered the lines, the ones that I wrote, they were just the way I heard them when I wrote them," Leonard says of series star Timothy Olyphant. "That doesn't happen very much. They're sticking right to my sound, and I think it's really good."
Leonard likens Olyphant's spot-on line delivery to that of Richard Boone, who starred in the 1957 western, The Tall T, the first film made from a Leonard story ("The Captives"). That same year saw the release of the original 3:10 to Yuma, also adapted from a Leonard short story. At the time, that was just what Leonard wanted.
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