As a woman who now gives her age as “somewhere past puberty,” I sort of figured I was past all the silliness (okay, glorious silliness) of romantic crushes. Apparently I was wrong. Gloriously, shamelessly wrong. As my dreams of late have proven.
You see I’m a devotee of the television series “Justified” and the object of my new obsession is the guy pictured above and all around this blog. Timothy Olyphant. An actor with an amazing range, a quirky but impressive back list of movies, and a growing appeal. I realized it was more than just a good time on Wednesday nights, when a tall, angular guy in a cowboy hat entered my dreams. Apparently I’ve been smitten on a subconscious level as well as a conscious one. And the only guy I see regularly who wears a cowboy hat is. . . Timothy Olyphant.
I’ve noticed him for some time in movies like Catch and Release, Dreamcacher, and Die Hard or Live Free, where he played a fabulous villain opposite Bruce Willis. Then there was the wonderful little SciFi piece called The Crazies, where he played a small town sheriff. And most recently I Am Number Four, where he played the hero’s mentor and protector. Which, by the way, was a good movie. Not a great “film”, but a really good movie. Oh, and he was in Rango as the voice of the Spirit of the West. Interesting choice of films, right?
And boy, does the camera LOVE him. The man doesn’t have a bad angle. I found out why he has that angular muscularity: he was a competitive swimmer back in the day. Swimmers weight train and work out constantly– and it stays with them for a long time after their competitive days end. But more than that, he has a long, tall WALK that is totally cowboy. Don’t know if it’s his regular walk or one he affects for the role of Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens. . . but it works. Big time.
That walk and that hat. . . a sensual intensity and a wry sense of humor. . . the total package.
And though I wasn’t a fan of the series, he played the very complex sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood. So he has old west cred.
Makes me remember all the reasons cowboys are still heroes in American women’s hearts. Kathy has it sooooo right on that. I’ve never written a cowboy. I may have to remedy that lack. Kathy, can I call you for advice?
And while you’re enjoying this long, tall shot of him in his deputy marshal role, I’ll promise you one more treat at the end of the post. Because I want to say a few additional things about the show “Justified.”
While Timothy is reason enough to watch, there is an entire cast of little known actors and actresses who are stellar at creating a place and a people that are too often reduced to belittling stereotypes. Hill people in Kentucky. This show has them in abundance and they often defy categorization. More interesting yet is the marshal’s opposite number– a self-educated “son of the hollers” who is bent on destruction of all kinds, but wishes he weren’t. Boyd Crowder is trying to save himself and is one of the most interesting and inventive characters television has ever produced. The ending of the first season– a tale of two sons and two fathers– was simply heartbreaking. You gotta see this show.
And here is the treat I promised:
Yes, underneath all that cowboy swagger and slow-talkin’ charm is. . . this. The swimmer’s body. sigh. I’ve always had a thing for swimmers. Did I ever mention that Pool Boy used to be a competitive swimmer back in the day? And did I mention that the results of all that training stays with them after they quit competing?
My dream life has certainly improved lately. And I’m not usually one to remember my dreams. Cowboys, swimmers, hillbillies, and hitmen. . . quite an interesting mix.
Check out Justified if you haven’t already, and let me know what you think! And while I might not have provided many chuckles this morning, you have to admit, the eye-candy is pretty neat.
Anybody out there willing to admit to a serious “crush” on a Hollywood type?