For Timothy Olyphant, who plays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, hearing talk of award nominations — for him and for "Justified" — is welcome news. "The show continues to be a pleasure, and I like the idea that it's finding an audience," he says. "You hear the echo back, so that means a great deal. I'm not going to pretend it doesn't." The former "Damages" actor shared other thoughts on the series, based on the works of Elmore Leonard.
As an actor, is there a particular challenge to playing a character that's established in the minds of readers?
Well, there's the usual challenge, but more than anything, I find it's such a blessing to have all that material as a resource, especially for a series, which is an ongoing story. It's a help to have such a wealth of information to better understand the character and themes and patterns of Elmore's world.
Were you familiar with his world prior to this?
I'm a big fan, but I hadn't read these novels or the short. I've read them many times since, and they keep providing a great deal of inspiration.
Elmore was effusive about your portrayal, and especially how you understood his dialogue. What do you think is the key to his dialogue?