Walton Goggins…So Under Appreciated

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In My Humble Opinion: Walton Goggins is one of the best actors on television right now.  We can beckon back to when he played Shayne Vendrell on the The Shield, a role that should have won him an Emmy or Golden Globe; or we can look at his solid performance as Boyd Crowder on FX’s Justified, which at least earned him an Emmy nod in 2011.  Either way, he’s obviously a performer that has incalculable range when it comes to his acting prowess.  If the two performances previously mentioned don’t make a solid case for him (which you would be crazy to argue about) check out his cameo on Sons of Anarchy where he plays a cross dressing hooker named Venus Van Damme.  Okay, the role wasn’t exactly award material, but it was probably the funniest and one of the most memorable things I have ever seen on Sons of Anarchy.  His most recent character Boyd Crowder is technically an antagonist to Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens (who also puts in an incredibly solid performance) but it’s hard not to root for Goggins’ character.  Goggins portrays Boyd with this dim-witted intelligence that throws the viewer for a loop at first.  You’re not sure if he’s this backcountry redneck that is just doing what he can to survive; or a well-read, intelligent, man with a plan that can sweet talk and manipulate people into getting what he wants.  All I can say is that I’m only one episode in to the new season of Justified (damn you On Demand for being so far behind) and can already tell that Boyd Crowder will remain as one of the reasons I continue to watch the show.