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Envelope Emmy Week: 'Justified's' Walton Goggins on creating Boyd Crowder and the language of the South [Video]

For Walton Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder on "Justified," the show's Southern setting and rich language from Elmore Leonard make him proud. The Alabama native says foremost in mind in joining the series was not to perpetuate any stereotypes of Southerners. And as for creating Crowder, well, Goggins says, the outlaw didn't have to be the smartest man in the room, he just needed to be on par with the smartest man in the room. Here's a clip from Monday night's Emmy Week conversation with the cast of "Justified." Check back later for more excerpts.


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They say, though I am at a loss for words to understand why that many of those from the South, or from the mountains in particular tend to speak in paragraphs, to present a more loquacious, circuitous pattern of speech than might be necessary to articulate a point. Or, we might just be mouthy.

As one who grew up in Harlan County, now living in Lexington, but with long stops in between in LA and NYC, I find that the writers of Justified have the language down cold. I cannot count the times that a turn of phrase or an extended conversation has directly reminded me of home, unlike any other attempt to to represent the South or Eastern Kentucky. The actors on Justified have done us well.


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