Reviews for Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight have not been as strong for the director as for many of his previous films, but what no critic or audience member can deny is how incredibly good Walton Goggins is as Sheriff Chris Mannix. In a film full of movie stars — many of whom have been working with Tarantino for decades — “TV star” Goggins steals his every scene. He makes perfect sense in a Tarantino movie anyway, because — as Tarantino put it himself — Goggins had been delivering “faux” Tarantino dialogue in Justified for six seasons.
It’s that comment that Goggins takes as a compliment, not as a weird insult, as he explained to Rolling Stone:
It’s the truth! [Laughs] I think he meant it as a compliment. You have to remember, Elmore Leonard didn’t write the Justified scripts; he just wrote the short story that the series is based on. So that meant our fearless leader Graham Yost and the writing staff had the impossible task of trying to replicate Leonard’s writing on a daily basis. And damned if they didn’t do it really well, and I think he recognized that — the task of trying to nail that voice. Which is similar to his.