Have you ever noticed how almost every single one of Timothy Olyphant’s characters wields a gun? Sheriff Seth Bullock on Deadwood packed heat, so did Agent 47 in Hitman, and Wes Krulik on Damages last season had a whole closet full of weaponry. That said, it should probably come as no shocker that in his latest role on FX’s mid-season drama Lawman, he is once again – surprise surprise! – showcasing his extensive knowledge of firearms.
In “Lawman,” Olyphant stars in the lead role as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, based on the Elmore Leonard short story “Fire in the Hole.” FX describes his character as follows:
Givens is a modern day 19th century-style lawman, enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service. That conflict results in a reassignment for Givens to the U.S. District covering the town where he grew up. He is an anachronism – a tough, soft spoken gentleman who finds his quarry fascinating, but never gives an inch. Dig under his placid skin and you’ll find an angry man who grew up hard in rural Kentucky, with an outlaw father, who knows a lot more about who he doesn’t want to be than who he really is.
Check out the clip below wherein we meet Raylan giving THE BUSINESS (“I don’t pull my sidearm unless I’m gonna shoot to kill”) to some local neo-nazi miscreant, and then get excited for what’s sure to be one of the best new drama’s next Spring.