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Jimmy is a great example of how good “Justified” is with using the complete ensemble and developing background characters. He started out as one of Boyd’s henchman and in the end it seemed like a father-son-relationship. How did you experience this development over the three years?
Thank you for saying so, and I think you hit the nail on the head. One of Justified’s greatest strengths in my opinion is it’s trust of the ensemble, and everyone on set does a great job in waiting their turn and stepping up when their number is called. In regard to Jimmy, he trusted Boyd completely, all the way to his death, and I think really started looking to Boyd as a father figure, or at the very least an infallible mentor. Jimmy did well to keep his head down for so long and not get the hubris some of Boyd’s other henchmen over the years have developed. He almost made it out of Harlan alive. Almost.
Jimmy’s death was brutal, emotionally and physically. Does playing a scene like that have an impact on you?
I never want to pretend that we as actors have an especially difficult job (the way I hear others sometimes exaggerate it.) I’ve hung drywall for a summer, that’s a hard job. Having said that, scenes like this, when done right, are emotionally exhausting (which becomes physically exhausting) for the actor. If you’ve ever cried really hard and then noticed afterword you’re really tired, the feeling is similar. Except imagine doing it for six hours tied to a chair. I slept good that night.
When we talked to Walton Goggins about “Justified” a while back he said “It’s a world that really interests me, a tonality that I like to play in and a complexity that is a rarity in television.” Did you feel similarly about working on this show?
Yep. The world Justified creates is truly one of a kind, and no character ever seems out of place (unless that’s the point.) The dialogue is second to none, and the collaboration the writers have with the actors and vice versa really causes the show to excel. You see a great deal of complexity within the show, themes and characters that would normally seem in opposition to one another flow seamlessly on Justified. Look no further than Boyd Crowder as an example; the man is a brilliant Hillbilly.
You’re aware that fans are shipping Julia and Eric? You probably can’t say much but given Eric’s hostility towards the Atrians do you think knowing what cured Julia would make him reconsider his views or drive him to exploit the knowledge?
I didn’t even know what shipping meant before all of this! I think Julia is making him reconsider a lot of what he used to value in his life, and what he might value going forward. It’s all very new to him; the lessoning of his prejudices, seeing the true colors of the Red Hawks, and especially falling in love. Sometimes he still needs to get out of his own way, but it’s been really exciting to be given the opportunity to play out these changes.
“Star-Crossed” has the magical teen romance but it addresses social issues, too. It challenges its viewers to try to call the racial tension into question. What’s your take on that aspect?
I agree completely, and that aforementioned position which Eric holds is what I loved most about the project. The bigotry highlighted through the first few episodes could have easily be taken directly out of the integration movement of the 1950s and 60s. The fears and animosities toward the other, especially taken completely from a lack of knowledge, are prevalent throughout the course of human history. Whether the ‘other’ is African-Americans, homosexuals or in this case extra-terrestrials, the majority of human reactions have, sadly, remained the same.
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Why do you think Jimmy was able to survive so long? Everyone around Boyd seems to die, but Jimmy had a long run.
Yeah. I agree. I’m grateful for it. I think Jimmy did well keeping his head down. As Boyd’s henchmen tended to do, they were either too stupid or too ambition and a lot of Boyd’s guys have tried in vain to kind of branch off on their own or double-cross Boyd or make a deal or get to big for their birches and then make like Icarus and fly too close to the sun and get burned. Jimmy understood his place. He wasn’t as smart as Boyd, but he was smart enough to realize that and kept his head down and follow.
Why do you think he stuck around so long, especially after he killed the man for Ava?
That was a tough — that episode I thought was a really good episode in that it presented an interesting moral dilemma and it was felt down the line into Jimmy. It was a really tough choice for Boyd and then Jimmy kinda had a reaction like, “Are you serious? I’m not working for you to murder grandfathers in the back seat of a truck.”
But, I think Jimmy’s fiercely loyal and I was grateful that they gave the line that he tried to alert Boyd at the end. I think his loyalty ultimately ended up costing him, but it was it was his calling card throughout the arc.
When did you find out that Jimmy was going to be killed?
I found out about two or three weeks for we shot it. [Executive Producer] Graham Yost called and I hadn’t a script yet. The call was a number I didn’t know. I immediately — I picked up and he said, “It’s Graham Yost.” I said, “Oh, shit. Really?” And, he said, “Yeah, really,” because you know when Graham calls there’s kinda only one reason for it. So, yeah we had a really nice conversation and that was how I found out.
How was it shooting that scene?
It was pretty grueling. It was simultaneously the most difficult and the most rewarding shooting day I think I’ve ever had. It was six hours or so of shooting that scene from different angles and trying to keep the emotion up and having my mouth taped and not being able to say anything but trying to convey to Boyd that I was sorry that I had gotten us into this. At this point, I think Jimmy believes they are both going down. Boyd obviously makes it through the finale, but I think Jimmy looks at Boyd and thinks this is the end of both of us and I’m sorry.
Now that Jimmy’s gone, Boyd has nobody left. How do you foresee Boyd moving forward?
I think that has we have seen towards the end of this season and going into next season, I think Boyd is tired. I think he’s sick of the life. It’s the only life he know and the only life he’s good at, but Boyd’s evolution is going to — he’s really really at the end of his rope. I think you’re probably going to see in season 6 a very desperate Boyd and a desperate Boyd is an incredibly interesting Boyd because he’s so cunning and smart and charismatic and all those things.
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