If Elmore Leonard didn't want cowboy hats on Justified, he shouldn't have hired Timothy Olyphant

If Elmore Leonard didn't want cowboy hats on Justified, he shouldn't have hired Timothy Olyphant

Although our frequently bandied-about subtitle for FX’s Justified, Rage Barely Suppressed By A Cowboy Hat, speaks to our own abiding affection for Timothy Olyphant’s signature 10-gallon Stetson, someone else is decidedly not a fan—namely author Elmore Leonard, who Olyphant says keeps insisting that he ditch it. Among his complaints: that the hat is “too Western” and that Olyphant’s TV version of Raylan Givens character wears it far more often than his counterpart in Leonard’s books. But then, what is a Timothy Olyphant without his cowboy hat? Just the sleazebag from Go and The Girl Next Door, that’s what. Overruled, hat stays.

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