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Meet Queue: Walton Goggins Is Your Favorite Action Star (Even If You Don’t Know It Yet)

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Justified

Sometimes it seems as if certain directors have pet actors. Tim Burton has Johnny Depp. John Hughes had Molly Ringwald along with various members of the Brat Pack. Wes Anderson has Bill Murray. And Quentin Tarantino has a long list of actors woven into his long and intricate film web. After the premiere of the award-nominated The Hateful Eight, it feels safe adding Walton Goggins to that list.

Set after the Civil War, the film follows eight strangers as they take refuge from a blizzard. The film is constructed in Tarantino’s trademark novelistic way, similar to Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2. In his second Tarantino film, Goggins plays Sheriff Chris Mannix, an ex-Confederate solider who claims to be traveling to Red Rock as the town’s incoming sheriff. If you’re still haunted by Goggins’ performance and Mannix’s 180 degree character arc, we have you covered. Consider this your Hollywood rom-com style “meet cute” to Goggins’ career. Get ready to become obsessed with the masterful actor you didn’t know you already knew.

The Shield (2002 – 2008)

If Netflix’s Making a Murderer has left you with a rage-fueled carving for more corrupt police work, this FX drama may be just what you need. Based loosely on the Rampart division LAPD scandal, the show received high critical and commercial acclaim, receiving six Emmy nominations and one win during its run. Goggins played Detective Shane Vendrell, the reckless best friend of protagonist Detective Mackey. Between his warped moral compass and various crimes, Detective Vendrell was always the wild card to look out for.

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Justified (2010 – 2015)

This modern day Western, which ended earlier this year, commanded attention during its run. The series follows a tough U.S. Marshal enforcing his own brand of justice on the citizens of his Kentucky hometown and was widely praised for its acting. That prasie was for good reason. Goggins’ portrayal of Boyd Crowder, a criminal masquerading as a white supremacist, left us speechless. For his role, Goggins received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and we have to say it was well earned.

[Where to stream Justified]

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Who could forget Venus Van Dam, Sons of Anarchy’s endearing transgender fan favorite and sass machine? In case you remember the plot but forgot to check IMDB, yep, that was Walton Goggins. Goggins’ transformation into one of Anarchy’s most memorable characters is about as unexpected as the role would seem. Creator Kurt Sutter wanted Goggins on the show following the success of The Shield and Justified, but both the creator and actor were worried audiences would instantly associate Goggins with his other roles. Goggins reportedly joked that he may have to play a transgendered character in order to avoid the association, and TV history (and Tig’s woman) was made.

[Where to stream Sons of Anarchy]

Django Unchained (2012)

Goggins certainly has a specialty, and that specialty involves corruption and a gun. Set two years before the outbreak of the American Civil War, this Tarantino black western comedy stars Goggins as Billy Crash, the plantation’s fight trainer. He’s the one you were rightfully disgusted and enraged by because his job involved training male slaves for death matches. It takes a talented (and brave) actor to make a character as universally despised as Crash. In this role, Goggins explored a person’s true potential for unfiltered evil, leaving behind the humanizing qualities that characterized many of his previous roles.

[Where to stream Django Unchained]

Photo: Walton Goggins’ Sony Pictures Singapore interview

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The latest addition in Tarantino’s intricate universe, The Hateful Eight is set after the American Civil War and is just as bloody, vulgar, and brilliant as you can expect from the director. To borrow from the actor himself, Goggins’ character, Sheriff Chris Mannix, is introduced in Chapter Two’s “Son of a Gun.” Those four words wonderfully describe this morally complicated character who may be not be telling the complete truth. You can watch Goggins’ noteworthy performance, which rounds out another masterful Tarantino film, in theaters now.

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