“Justified” Gets An “Out of Sight” Cameo

“Justified” Gets An “Out of Sight” Cameo

“Justified” Gets An “Out of Sight” Cameo

A brief cameo in the second episode of FX’s “Justified: City Primeval” has seemingly put the acclaimed series in the same ‘screen universe’ as another work based on an Elmore Leonard novel – Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight”.

Leonard was the prolific Louisiana-born writer who has seen many of his works adapted for the screen, including the likes of “Get Shorty,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Hombre,” “Mr. Majestyk” and “Rum Punch” which became Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown”.

In 2010, FX used Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole” as the basis for its series “Justified” with Timothy Olyphant taking on the role of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a part which became arguably his signature role.

Then last month, the network premiered the limited series revival “Justified: City Primeval” to very good reviews. That revival uses Leonard’s novel “City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit” for its basic story.

The key change there is the original work centered on Detroit detective Raymond Cruz as its protagonist. The TV series swaps out his character for Olyphant’s Raylan Givens, who didn’t appear in the original work.

In a nod to Leonard, the Cruz character briefly appears in the second episode during a flashback when serial killer antagonist Clement Mansell (Boyd Holdbrook) is arrested.

In the scene, Cruz is played by veteran character actor Paul Calderon who previously played the exact same character in “Out of Sight”. Calderon, for those unfamiliar, has a rather incredible resume, including films like “Pulp Fiction,” “The Firm,” “Sea of Love,” “Bad Lieutenant,” “Girlfight,” “The Last Castle” and more recently, a recurring role on Prime Video series “Bosch”.

Cruz’s reappearance in the same role isn’t the first time a Leonard adaptation has seen the same actor reprising the same character – Michael Keaton also did it in the late 1990s playing ATF Agent Ray Nicolette in both “Jackie Brown” and “Out of Sight”.

Does this also link the worlds of “Justified” and “Jackie Brown”? That may not be far from the truth as Tarantino and Olyphant were reportedly (via Indiewire) the ones who first floated the idea of adapting “City Primeval” as a season of “Justified” to showrunner Michael Dinner whilst “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was filming.

“Justified: City Primeval” is currently halfway through its run on FX and will finish on August 29th for those planning a binge watch. It’s available on Hulu in the United States and on the Star section of Disney+ internationally.

Source: Screen Rant

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