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10 Best Timothy Olyphant Movies, According To IMDb | ScreenRant

Timothy Olyphant may not be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but he remains an exciting and charismatic presence in any project he appears. Olyphant has established himself as one of television’s best leading men with badass lawmen roles in Deadwood and Justified as well as comedies like Santa Clarita Diet.

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As impressive as his television career has been, Olyphant’s film career is also filled with plenty of great projects. Whether he is in a lead role or a part of a larger ensemble, Olyphant has found himself in quite a few films that resonated with film audiences. Here are the best Timothy Olyphant movies, according to IMDb.

10 Gone In Sixty Seconds (6.5)

Jerry Bruckheimer was the producer behind some of the biggest action films of the 90s and 00s. While Gone in Sixty Seconds was not his biggest hit, it was a solid popcorn entertainment. The film stars Nicholas Cage as a former carjacker who is lured back in the business to save his little brother. Olyphant plays one of the detectives chasing Cage.

The movie isn’t the most sharply written film, but it does have fun with its high-octane premise. There is also a surprisingly stellar cast including Robert Duvall and Angelina Jolie. It’s a mindless romp perfect for action movie junkies.

9 This Is Where I Leave You (6.6)

Though he is usually the leading man on television, Olyphant seems to steer towards ensemble work in films. This is Where I Leave You is an all-star dramedy starring the likes of Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Adam Driver as siblings reuniting in their hometown after the death of their father. Olyphant plays Fey’s former flame she left behind.

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The movie doesn’t break any new ground in its story of a dysfunctional family, but there are some genuine laughs and moving moments to be found. The amazing cast elevates the material as well.

8 Missing Link (6.7)

Missing Link is a rare animated film in Olyphant’s filmography from the brilliant minds at Laika Studio. The movie is the story of an explorer who is hired by the famed missing link (voiced by Zack Galifianakis) to finds his relatives. Olyphant voices a rival explorer of small stature who serves as the film’s villain.

Like all of Laika’s projects, the movie is a wonderous and beautiful looking animated adventure. The movie is funny and family-friendly with some thrilling sequences.

7 The Girl Next Door (6.7)

Though Olyphant is probably best known for his heroic roles, he has proven to be a pretty great bad guy too. The Girl Next Door is a raunchy teen comedy about a high schooler (Emile Hirsch) who learns his new neighbor (Elisha Cuthbert) is a porn star. Olyphant shows off his sleazebag side as Cuthbert’s former manager who comes back in the picture.

The movie is a funny and sexy comedy with some fine performance from a solid cast. Though it might not go down as one of the genre classics, it is a fun teen comedy for its audience.

6 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (6.9)

The Broken Hearts Club might be the least-known film on this list, but it does seem to have connected with some viewers. Olyphant leads an ensemble cast that includes Zach Braff and Billy Porter in the story of a group of gay male friends living in West Hollywood and playing on a softball team together.

The movie wasn’t a huge hit at the time and hasn’t really gained a cult following since. But fans have discovered in and enjoyed it as an honest and charming story of gay men who are depicted as normal, fun-loving and caring friends.

5 Live Free Or Die Hard (7.1)

Once again, Olyphant shows off his villainous skills in one of the biggest action franchises of all-time. In Live Free or Die Hard, Bruce Willis returns as John McClane who must team up with a young hacker to stop an evil tech genius (Olyphant) from taking over the United States.

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While some fans of the franchise were dismayed by the tamer violence and language, many found it to be a pretty thrilling action film. Willis was still a charismatic lead and the action sequences were exciting and inventive if a little over-the-top at times.

4 Go (7.2)

In the early days of his career, Olyphant seemed to be on the path of a bad boy actor, such as with his role in Go. The crime comedy focuses on various storylines all cantering around a drug deal gone wrong. Olyphant is a standout as a dangerous yet charismatic drug dealer.

The title is very appropriate for this film as it is a fast-paced film that never slows down once it gets going. The young cast of talented actors are all great and the energy of the fill is exhilarating.

3 Rango (7.2)

Olyphant joined another strange animated film with his role in Rango. The movie is a Western-inspired adventure about a chameleon named Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp) who stumbles into a town run by outlaws and is mistaken for a hero come to save the day. Olyphant voiced a mysterious figure known as the Spirit of the West who shares more than a few similarities with Clint Eastwood.

The surreal animated adventure stands out for feeling a bit more ambitious than other kid-friendly films. Depp gives a hilarious performance as the titular “hero” and the animation is incredibly impressive.

2 Snowden (7.3)

Olyphant got the chance to work with one of the most controversial directors of all-time, Oliver Stone. Snowden was Stone’s look at Edward Snowden, the real-life figure who stole classified information and shared it with the public while working at NSA. Olyphant plays a CIA operative who works with Snowden.

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Snowden is one of the most controversial figures in modern American history with some seeing him as a patriot and others seeing him as a traitor. Stone handles the fascinating story well, turning it into a real-life spy thriller.

1 Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (7.8)

There are few actors who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work with Quentin Tarantino and Olyphant got the chance in Tarantino’s penultimate film. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood in 1969 and follows a television actor and his stuntman buddy trying to find their place in New Hollywood. Olyphant plays James Stacy, star of Lancer.

The movie might not be what some Tarantino fans were expecting after his more violent and epic recent films. However, the movie has the same Tarantino energy and fun with great character and sharp dialogue.

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2019-12-28 01:12:06

Colin McCormick

Deadwood: Timothy Olyphant Explains Hesitation to Return for Movie

Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant has discussed his hesitation to return for the movie. It’s been more than ten years now since Olyphant portrayed the honorable, but hot-headed lawman Seth Bullock on HBO’s acclaimed western drama series. If anything, the actor’s become more famous than ever in that time, thanks to his work on FX’s acclaimed neo-western series, Justified, and his current role on Netflix’s cult zombie comedy show, Santa Clarita Diet. He’s also found room for several movie roles in-between his TV acting gigs of late, and even has a part in this summer’s Quentin Tarantino offering, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

It’s a good thing too since, for a while there, it was hard to tell if Deadwood: The Movie would ever actually happen. Olyphant himself doubted the revival would come to pass just over a year ago, after so many false starts and stops in the time since HBO cancelled the series in the mid-2000s. Fortunately, he turned out to be wrong and the movie finally went into production last fall, with Daniel Minahan directing from a screenplay by Deadwood creator David Milch. Before then, however, Olyphant’s admitted he was hesitant to sign on for the project, even after it began to officially come together.

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In a recent interview with TVLine, Olyphant talked about the Deadwood movie and his experience making the TV film. Before then, however, he revealed his initial reaction when he found out the movie was really going to happen at long last:

My mindset was, “S–t. I guess I’m going to have to make some kind of decision here.” It was a very curious process. I did not expect to be in the position to actually have to make a decision; I just assumed it would go away. It’s a curious [thing] deciding on whether to do a job when all of your old friends have already committed to it and  you kind of think, “Well, I’ve never been in a position to be such an a–hole.” But it was [ultimately] a really wonderful process with [series creator/writer] David Milch and [director] Dan Minahan and [HBO]’s Carolyn Strauss. I had a lot of conversations with them. The whole process was quite rewarding.

As Olyphant put it, his concern was that the Deadwood movie would feel less like a fun high school reunion and more like “repeating your sophomore year”. It’s a perfectly reasonable concern, at that. After all, belated TV revivals are somewhat notorious for being fueled by nostalgia for the original show, more than anything else (see also: Arrested Development, Fuller House). For the same reason, they’re generally hesitant to evolve their characters and sense of storytelling, making them feel like a stab at reliving some past glory more than an organic continuation of the series’ narrative. Thankfully, Olyphant has confirmed that Bullock’s not only in a very different place when the film picks up, but that the movie largely focuses on exploring whether he’s truly changed and matured after all this time:

He was a character that was so defined by his rage. But now he’s got three children and he’s been married [to Anna Gunn’s Martha] for 10 years. And one of the central questions on the show is, “Has he gained any wisdom? Has that rage within him subsided? What will happen when he’s tested? Will he regress to the man he was, or will he be able to take a new path?” It allowed me to really enjoy returning to the character because I could try to answer some of those questions with the performance. It was almost like asking the same questions of myself.

All things considered, the Deadwood movie sounds like a worthy continuation of (and conclusion to) the original series so far, even after so much time. If nothing else, it’s good to hear that Bullock hasn’t simply been hanging around in Deadwood for all these years, and will find himself challenged in new ways when he returns to his old home, to celebrate South Dakota’s newly-acquired statehood. Olyphant also confirmed to TVLine that the film revival will touch on Bullock’s feelings for Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker), and examine whether fate has anything left into the cards for the ex-lovebirds. Suffice it to say, there may be some heartbreak on the menu here, to go with all the profanity and violence that one expects whenever they pay a visit to good ol’ Deadwood.

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Deadwood: The Movie premieres Friday, May 31 on HBO.

Source: TVLine


2019-04-17 06:04:46

Sandy Schaefer