Why He’s Perfect:
On the big screen, Olyphant has tended to find himself hamstrung by trashy, underwritten roles (
Die Hard 4
spring to mind) that fail to take advantage of his brooding screen presence. However, his television work in
has proved that given a sharp script and a character of substance, Olyphant can be a truly magnetic performer.
He’s got Custer’s mixture of world-weary bitterness and grudging moral scruples down pat, and is more than capable of handing out the odd ass-whooping here and there. If his turn in
was the start of a cinematic renaissance, we’d love to see him follow it up by bagging the plum role in
Olyphant recues a hooker from the local saloon by administering a ruthless beating to an over-enthusiastic punter. He’s a chivalrous kind of guy, our Jesse!
But if Olyphant can't do it...