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On race, re-mixed history, Tarantino, The Drive-By Truckers and what he always steals ...

By James Rocchi Dec 24, 2012 9:00PM

With his features easily turned to emphasize the haggard air and haunted eyes -- eyes, as the poet said, like the devil's sick of sin -- Walton Goggins has made a sideline in sputtering killers and swaggering crimelords. But he's also a deft comedic actor, and even his most brutal characters have their human moments -- indeed, some would argue that Goggins' work as Shane Vendrell on "The Shield" is an acting achievement on par with Oscar-level work at a time when the bar for acting on TV was raised by heavy-hitters like James Gandolfini. And while he's along for the ride in Tarantino's maniacal and majestic  "Django Unchained," he's also, ironically, in Spielberg's "Lincoln" as well, a single actor bridging two films that, in an insane way, would make a hell of a double-bill. We spoke with Goggins by phone while he was in New York about "Django Unchained," the morality of cinema, and the American rock-and-roll of The Drive-By Truckers.

 

MSN Movies: You got to work with Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg, never mind the weird, historical and sort of like cultural similarities and differences between the two films. But in a given year when you get to work with those two directors. you've got to be feeling pretty good about how your career's going.

 

Walton Goggins: C'mon man, like talk about walking amongst giants? You know? It's an extraordinary coincidence of events, man. I'm still kind of reeling from these two experiences kind of back to back. peppered with my show in the middle.

 

And that's the other thing, with "Justified" going great and all of that. But I mean more importantly, all kidding aside; those have to be very different sets. Can you talk a little bit about the differences when you're working with on something like "Lincoln" and on something like "Django"?

 

Well you know, one movie deals with legislation and it's effort to change the hearts and minds and laws in this country, and most of it is spent with Lincoln or in the House of Representatives and it's quieter and it's raucous when it needs to be. The other deals with change through revolution, and it is loud and violent and funny and all of the things that happened during revolution. And so yeah, they were very different. Both Quentin and Steven are so passionate about what they do and how they do it, and they're so confident in their ability and comfortable with what they do that they allow themselves a lot of freedom to improvise and find shots in moments and find moments within the shot that are even more specific, are more pointed to what it is that they're saying. Steven is in some ways a little more reserved in the way that it kind of comes out, and Quentin is a little more passionate in the sense that it's a little bigger than life. And you just, it's everything that you want., like the combination of both of those people. It's everything that you want when you set out to tell a story. You want to approach it from both ways, and I really, these experiences back to back will serve me in ways that I'm still trying to understand going forward.

 

I mean, moving on with "Django Unchained," one of the big pleasures of that film is this sort of comprehensiveness of the ensemble and that you'd throw a rock, you're going to hit somebody interesting who knows how to hold the screen, who knows the part they're doing, but still finding time to do all of that. When you read the script, did you know…

 

I think then the same thing applies to "Lincoln."

 

Right, right.

 

Go ahead. But we're talking about "Django."

 

Right.

 

Yeah.

 

But when you read the script and you saw the kind of stuff that Billy was doing, the very specific antagonism and a very specific resolution, were you thinking, "Yeah, I can do that. There's stuff, there's room there for me to make an impression in my antagonism with Jamie Foxx's character"?

 

BING: Walton Goggins l The Drive-By Truckers


Yeah, absolutely. The Billy Crash that I started with is not the Billy Crash that I ultimately ended up with in the sense that when I first got there Billy Crash was in the three or four scenes and one of which was really funny and tender and involved the story line with Broomhilde. And then when Kevin Costner dropped out, or not dropped out, when Kevin Costner had a scheduling conflict and then Kurt Russell had a scheduling conflict, Quentin came to me and said, "I want you to play this role of Ace Woody, but he's going to be, we're going to call him Billy Crash." So then it became kind of a hybrid of both of them.

 

But even in terms of the expediency of putting those things together, still having stuff there in the script and on film, to really put together a strong set of impressions in terms of character-making.

 

 

Enter to win the Ultimate Collector's Edition

By MSN Movies Tue 8:28 AM



























By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment


One of America's most beloved classics, a winner of 10 Academy Awards -- "Gone With the Wind" celebrates 75 years with the release of the 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.


Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel star in this classic epic of the American South. A story of romance, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, "Gone With the Wind" continues to capture the hearts for generations.


To celebrate the release of the 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition, three lucky winners will be selected to win this collection.


"Gone With the Wind" 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition is out Sept. 30.


To enter the giveaway follow these easy steps:


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Enter to win an iPad Air!

By MSN Movies Aug 25, 2014 6:28AM




















By Relativity Media


Pierce Brosnan stars in this action-packed drama as Peter Devereaux -- an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. As he becomes the target, Devereaux soon realizes there is no one he can trust. "The November Man" is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage.


To celebrate the release of "The November Man" on Aug. 27, one fan will win an iPad Air courtesy of Relativity Media. Follow these easy steps to enter this giveaway:


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Be sure to check out "The November Man" when it opens in theaters Aug. 27.




 

Enter to win a fun prize pack filled with movie goodies

By MSN Movies Aug 13, 2014 8:24AM






















By Lionsgate


Sylvester Stallone returns as Barney Ross in the new installment "The Expendables 3." An incredible cast is lined up in this new era which includes Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Mel Gibson with Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


With new blood, The Expendables team members are a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise. Combining old and new, they face their most personal battle yet.


To celebrate the release of "The Expendables 3" on August 15th, we are giving away a fun movie prize pack which includes the following goodies:


  • Comic-Con Poster
  • Character Poster
  • Final Poster
  • Cut-off Tee
  • Fandango Gift Card
  • Tough Mudder Entrance Fee


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Be sure to check out "The Expendables 3" when it opens in theaters this Friday, August 15.





 

Enter to win an Xbox One

By MSN Movies Jul 15, 2014 9:23AM
Go behind the scenes to see the filmmakers shooting a scene with Russell Crowe.


By Paramount

 

Darren Aronofsky reenvisions the story of Noah's Ark with this Paramount/New Regency production. "In the beginning, there was nothing." So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind's evil.

 

To celebrate the July 15 release of "Noah" on Digital, and the July 29 release on Blu-ray, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One and four runners-up will each win a Blu-ray copy of the movie, courtesy of "Noah." Here's how to enter:

 

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The outrageous, unrated film debuts on Digital

By MSN Movies Jun 3, 2014 7:35AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Get ready to see even more pranks and outrageousness in this follow-up to "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" with "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5." Filled with never-before-seen footage and more, you'll get to experience the life of Irving Zisman with a whole new perspective.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" on Digital one lucky winner will be selected as a winner of an Xbox One.  Here's how you enter:

 

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip from "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" and be sure to check it out on Digital!

 

 

Enter to win the comprehensive DVD box set

By MSN Movies May 21, 2014 8:51AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to announce a comprehensive new DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection" which features 40 films starring one of America's most iconic film heroes -- John Wayne. This collection comes packaged in a beautiful box case which also includes a coffee table book and unique collectibles.

 

Photos: John Wayne's iconic movies

 

Just in time for Father's Day, one lucky fan will be chosen to win the DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection." To enter this giveaway follow these steps:

 

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Good luck MSN Movies fans!

 

You might be chosen as the lucky winner of an Xbox One

By MSN Movies May 20, 2014 7:54AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Chris Pine and Kevin Costner team up in this action-thriller as a CIA analysist (Pine) and seasoned mentor (Costner). They race against time to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray one lucky winner will win an Xbox One!  Here's how to enter:

 

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Good luck, fans and in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip and be sure to check out "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray!

 

 

 

Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in this soulful drama

By MSN Movies May 13, 2014 8:28AM
 
Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in the soulful sci-fi drama "Her" about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system.
 
Adopting the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the perceptive software slowly begins to bring Theodore (Phoenix) out of his shell by encouraging him to start dating, joining him everywhere he goes. Very quickly, their relationship turns intimate, with Theodore teaching Samantha what it means to feel human and Samantha giving him the strength to walk away from his failed marriage. Things soon get complicated, however, when Samantha's rapidly evolving knowledge base begins to alter the very core of their relationship.
 
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In the meantime enjoy this exclusive clip from "Her" and be sure to check it out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 
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