Justified: Walton Goggins Breaks Down the Role That Almost Wasn't


Justified's church-bombing white supremacist Boyd Crowder is a ball of psychopathic menace brought brilliantly to life by Walton Goggins. But that almost didn't happen.


"I said no," Goggins tells us. "I wanted to be very careful about how I was seen on FX again. And I did not want to perpetuate a Southern stereotype. ... I said, 'I want this guy to be one of the smartest guys in the room.'"


That was certainly never true of Detective Shane Vendrell, the character Goggins so memorably played on FX's The Shield. "Boyd Crowder is much smarter than Shane - Boyd's IQ is off the chart," Goggins says. "Boyd is an instigator. He doesn't react to things; he is in control of things. Whereas Shane was constantly coming into the room 30 seconds too late, and spent his life in reaction."


Once Goggins agreed to shoot the pilot, another obstacle arose: His character was supposed to die in the standoff between Boyd and U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Test audiences for the pilot were intrigued by Goggins' character, however, and creator and executive producer Graham Yost made changes to keep Boyd on the show.


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