24 Hours to Live: Timothy Olyphant

The Justified tough guy and I Am Number Four star fixes his gaze on his final day.

The Justified tough guy and I Am Number Four star fixes his gaze on his final day.

So how do you want to go?

I don’t.

Will you be going to heaven or hell, and why?

I want to go to heaven. Hell, everyone does. That’s why they call it heaven.

Your show, Justified, was going to be called Lawman before Steven Seagal took the title for his own show. Who would win in a real-life face-off, you or Seagal?

It’s true—that’s why we changed the title. As far as who would win if we took our faces off? I’m sorry, but I don’t understand the question.

We mean if you and Seagal had to fight, mano a mano.

Oh! Well, he kicked my ass pretty good the last two times. Once in 1998. Then again in ’07. But you never know. I can only do my best, right?

In I Am Number Four you protect a teenager from being killed. If you could come back to Earth as someone’s guardian angel, who would benefit most?

I’m thinking Jeff.

What would you tell this Jeff guy?

Be careful.

What woman did you always want to sleep with?


A few years ago you played a hitman. If someone were to put a hit on you, who would it be?

Sheryll’s husband, Jeff.

You’ve played a drug dealer, a porn producer, and a murderer. What’s your own worst vice?

I love puppies! I can’t help it; they’re so cute.

In Justified you play literary character Raylan Givens. Any fictitious characters you’d like to hang out with in the afterlife?

Jesus. Wait, I’m kidding, for Christ’s sake. Don’t send me any letters!

Will you be buried in your favorite accessory, the cowboy hat?

Yes. That and my second favorite—my grandmother’s pearl necklace.

The Internet claims your nick­name is “Olaphantastic.” Is that what you’d like emblazoned on your tombstone?

Uh, that’s “Olyphantastic,” with a “y.”

Justified returns February 9 at 10 p.m. on FX; I Am Number Four is out February 18.