No matter how much we love or hate stars, we cannot ignore them, as they are the last mile connect between the entire team of film-making and the audience. So, when someone talks about stars affecting the content, it doesn’t hold water, as it is bound to happen. Audience liking someone and then identifying with them or expecting something from them is acommon phenomenon. The same applies to actors in mainstream cinema and parallel cinema, and even crew members like Director, DOP etc…as end of the day the repeat value or future consumption of content is based on expectation.
I picked up the TV series ‘Deadwood’ because of Timothy Olyphant, after I watched ‘Justified’. And I wasn’t disappointed.
‘Deadwood’ is set in the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota, before and after the area’s annexation by the Dakota Territory, and charts Deadwood’s growth from camp to town. The series kicks off with Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) maintaining a strangle hold on the camp and how things change when Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and Sol Star (John Hawks ), who are both ex-lawmen, come to set up their hardware shop.
The series sports many interesting characters (portrayed by an eclectic cast), who with all their flaws drawn towards each other with a single desire—a control of their future/destiny. Falling under Drama/Action genre, the series holds sway over the audience with a complete mastery on all crafts.
Deadwood movie that comes after a decade after the initial three seasons are aired, is also a terrific watch.