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Walton Goggins will kill Mel Gibson! But only in a comedy!

Walton Goggins will kill Mel Gibson!  But only in a comedy!

After "The Hateful Eight", Walton Goggins played in the epic finale to "The Maze Runner" and the sequel "Ant-Man", and stood against Alicia Vikander in the new film adaptation of the adventures of Lara Croft. In short, the Goggins career is really divided into before and after Tarantino.

By 2019, Walton Goggins has become a truly famous actor with a rich serial heritage and a couple of major roles in big movies. Recently, he was seen in HBO's The Righteous Jamstones, a new show of the trio of Jody Hill, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green with a scattering of stars in the cast. No wonder - a worthy project of Goggins talent. An unexpected was the participation of Goggins in the broadcast comedy "The Unicorn" - the American sitcom television series. "The Unicorn" is the most personal project of Walton Goggins' career. At least, that 's what the actor says.

The main character is closer to me than all the characters I've played. I'm not Boyd Crowder, but I have a part of him. I'm not Venus van Dam, but I have a bit of her in me, and so on... Probably, it's the biggest step away, and at the same time the most personal thing I've done.

These are not empty words to advertise the series. In 2004, Walton Goggins' wife, Leanne, after a long struggle with depression, committed suicide. Shortly before that, she filed for divorce - the couple has been married since 2001. Walton is even frightened by how much the character of the Unicorn series looks like him: It's me. I just have nothing to hide.

Goggins wanted to be part of this story, honest and sentimental, about the widower Wade, who is raising two teenage daughters. After the death of his wife from cancer, a long time passed, but the hero could not accept it. Friends and neighbors rally around Wade and persuade him to set up an account on a Dating app. Something similar happened to Goggins - he was saved by friends:

I also went through a tragedy in my life, and the people around me helped me and made me understand that life goes on. I drifted for three years. If it weren't for the people who care about me, I don't know what would have happened to me.

However, a personal connection with the main hero is not the only reason why the actor agreed to participate in the project. In his extensive filmography, there are practically no positive roles, so "The Unicorn" was supposed to fix it and give the world the good Walton Goggins.

However, the actor could not blindly agree to participate in the series. He appreciated the script but set the creators and the channel one condition: it was necessary to move away from the outdated format of a sitcom with shooting in the studio in front of a live audience.

To go out in front of a live audience and tell the story of a man who lost his wife and is now raising two daughters alone. I don't know if I could do that. I need more space, I need improvisation and the feeling that this is a movie.

A show about a cheerful widower is unlikely to be on the top of the year, but it will brighten up any evening because this is a very sincere and funny story, without pressure on pity. No wonder that CBS expanded the first season from 13 to 22 episodes!