December 7, 2011

EVERY GUY'S CHOICE OF CELLMATE:

Lone Star (Sarah Goldstein, December 2011, GQ)

Shortly after this year's Emmys, a male friend e-mailed me to say that when the camera panned on Timothy Olyphant, turned out in a Louis Vuitton peak-lapel tux, "everyone ovulated--including the dudes." Mention his name to the men in my office and it's met with sheepish grins and distinctly unmanly gushiness. "Could I love him more?" "He's just so cool." Even Graham Yost, the creator of FX's Justified--the Elmore Leonard-inspired Kentucky crime drama in which Olyphant stars as debonair, shit-kicking U.S. marshal Raylan Givens--will admit to a man crush. "Tim," he says, "is the whole package." Olyphant, scratchy voiced and quick to laugh, doesn't let it go to his head: "I have a crush on Raylan, too!"

The actor's elegant way with a laconic antihero was established back in 2004, when he played the tortured, mustachioed sheriff Seth Bullock on HBO's Deadwood. As modern-day lawman Givens, Olyphant brings the same ramrod menace, but cut with a whole lot of smooth southern charm--the type of guy who buys you a drink before he plugs you with a bullet. No wonder dudes swoon. 

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