Did the Deadwood movie almost not happen? Recently,star Timothy Olyphant told TVLine he was hesitant to join the HBO follow-up movie.
Olyphant plays Seth Bullock on the Western drama, which ended in 2006. The returning cast also includes Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Paula Malcolmson, Kim Dickens, Brad Dourif, Anna Gunn, and John Hawkes.
Speaking to TVLine, Olyphant admitted he wasn’t sure about the Deadwood revival:
High school reunions can be a lot of fun. But repeating your sophomore year? Not so fun. And I couldn’t tell if this was going to be the former or the latter. I didn’t know what it was going to feel like. Is it just going to be a lovely reunion, or is going to feel like, ‘Jesus, I’m being asked to do things I regret?'”
Olyphant later praised the HBO film, saying it was unexpectedly “moving”:
It was so bizarre. It was so surreal. And lovely. [Pauses] It was way more moving than I could’ve imagined. And way more rewarding than I could’ve imagined. I underestimated how much those people meant to me. You look back and you’re like, “It’s three years. It’s a blip.” But it was quite a memorable three years. It was also, for me personally, a very memorable time [in my life]. My kids had just been born. I had little tiny kids when we made that show. It just brought back a lot of memories.”
HBO’s Deadwood film premieres on May 31st at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Deadwood? Are you excited for the movie?