Go on, make his day Credit: Wikimedia Commons
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Bourbon cowboy: Shooting whiskey with Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant

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Bourbon cowboy: Shooting whiskey with Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant

Sheriffs don’t get much better than simmering Seth Bullock, played by Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood, HBO’s whiskey-soaked revisionist Western. Now Olyphant is back in the saddle with a movie based on the legendary show, gunned down in 2006 after just three seasons. Foul-mouthed Al Swearengen, brothel keeper in the 1870s Gold Rush town of Deadwood, can’t have been happy about that.

Olyphant recently shocked GQ’s Scott Meslow by showing up for dinner sporting a white cowboy hat, but he was predictable in other ways. “You suspect he will order a whiskey cocktail, and after that, another whiskey cocktail.” Meslow writes. “(He will, and he does.)”

The important thing is that I drink something

The personable actor, who also logged six seasons of Justified as volatile U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and three of undead-themed comedy The Santa Clarita Diet, likes his bourbon. In 2015, Olyphant told Bon Appétit that “good ole American whiskey” is a regular tipple. “When I get home late from work, I tend to pour some whiskey over an ice cube. The important thing is that I drink something,” he added, blaming his three children.

Olyphant’s go-to bourbons? Booker’s and Blanton’s. “I wish I could enjoy that Pappy [Van Winkle] on a regular basis, but that’s like liquid gold. I only drink it on occasion.”

The bourbon flowed in Kentucky-set Justified, but it was actually Diet Coke and water. As Olyphant has revealed, the prop folks poured the real thing into jars for him. When the show got killed, he and Conan O’Brien broke TV rules by toasting it with some leftover Blanton’s. Apparently the man is above the law.🥃

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