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Some guest actors have said that the working environment on the show was very different from other shows, because the writers were really open to suggestions from the cast, even while shooting scenes, to the point of stopping shooting for a while and sitting around to discuss the scene if there was room for improvement.
Walton Goggins, who was born in Alabama, and grew up in Georgia, originally declined the role of Boyd Crowder, out of concern that the character would portray a negative stereotype of Southerners. He changed his mind, and did the pilot as a favor to Timothy Olyphant, whom he knew through friends. It was supposed to be one episode only. Boyd originally died at the end of the pilot, as he did in the novel, on which the show was based. However, when the character scored well with test audiences, it was decided to re-shoot the ending to allow Boyd to return as a recurring character.
The pilot was filmed in Pennsylvania. The rest of the series was filmed in Los Angeles County, California, most notably the Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita.
Raylan Givens was previously played by James Le Gros in Pronto (1997), based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. LeGros also portrayed petty criminal Wade Messer in the series.
The character of Theo Tonin was supposed to be back for season four, but Adam Arkin was too busy directing episodes of The Americans (2013), so the writers had to create his subordinate Nicky Augustine. Between 2010-15, Arkin also directed ten episodes of this series.
The character Raylan Givens was created by novelist Elmore Leonard, and has appeared in two of his novels, "Pronto" (filmed as Pronto (1997)) and "Riding the Rap". Givens also appeared in Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole", which was the basis of the pilot episode of this series.
For moments where the writers would feel blocked and to keep the tone of the world of Elmore Leonard, everyone in the writer's room wore a bracelet that said: "WWED? (What Would Elmore Do?)".
Throughout the series, the characters frequently drank Kentucky bourbon, particularly the top-shelf brand Blanton's. The props department poured the liquor out of the bottles, and replaced it with watered-down Diet Coke for the actors to drink instead. Timothy Olyphant took the real bourbon home in mason jars. On the night the series finale aired, he brought a jar of bourbon on Conan (2010) to toast to the show with Conan O'Brien.
Several one-off characters and a few characters who have been around for extended episodes are named after members of a sports radio station in Dallas, Texas--1310 The Ticket.
The series was originally to be titled "Lawman", but the title was changed to avoid confusion with Steven Seagal: Lawman (2009).
Timothy Olyphant, who plays Marshal Raylan Givens, also starred in the HBO series Deadwood (2004) as Sheriff Seth Bullock. Several other actors who appeared in Deadwood make guest appearances in this series: W. Earl Brown, who played "Dan Dority" in Deadwood, plays a prisoner who takes two officers hostage in the Marshal's office; Sean Bridgers ("Johnny Burns") as a would-be assassin of a judge; Peter Jason ("Con Stapleton") plays an art collector; Ray McKinnon (Reverend Smith) plays an assassin sent from Miami to kill Raylan; Brent Sexton ("Harry Manning") plays a Sheriff who helps Givens; Pruitt Taylor Vince ("Mose Manuel") plays a pawn shop owner with ties to the Dixie Mafia; Jim Beaver ("Ellsworth") plays Shelby, a mining operation manager, who then becomes Boyd Crowder's man for Sheriff; Stephen Tobolowsky ("Hugo Jarry") plays Special Agent Barkley, an FBI Agent who has an adversarial relationship with Raylan; Gerald McRaney ("George Hearst") plays Josiah, a former cohort of Arlo Givens on house arrest; Garret Dillahunt ("Francis Wolcott"/"Jack McCall") plays Ty Walker, one of Avery Markham's henchmen.
The theme music is "Long Hard Times to Come" by Gangstagrass & T.O.N.E.z
Six actors from the HBO series Band of Brothers (2001) have appeared on this series: Rick Gomez (AUSA David Vasquez) played Sergeant George Luz on "Band of Brothers"; Richard Speight, Jr. (Jed Berwind) played Sergeant Warren "Skip" Muck; Frank John Hughes (Terry Powe) played Staff Sergeant William "Wild Bill" Guarniere; Neal McDonough (Robert Quarles) played First Lieutenant Lynn D. "Buck" Compton; Scott Grimes (Seabass) played Malarkey; and David Andrews (Sheriff Napier) played General Chapman.
Music was composed by Steve Porcaro, one of the original members of American rock band Toto.
Eric Stonestreet was seriously considered for a role, but his schedule on Modern Family (2009) didn't allow him to work on this series long enough to play something substantial.
When Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) meets Josiah Cairn (Gerald McRaney), the dialogue between them is almost verbatim to that of their roles in Deadwood (2004) as Seth Bullock (Olyphant) and George Hearst (McRaney): "Oh, come on, man. I haven't forgotten you." "Made an impression, did I?" "You could say that. That bullshit you tried pulling after the mine explosion in '85. Taking money from the widows to try to prove it was the mine's fault, then taking money from the mine to try to cover it up."
The under-construction courthouse in the pilot was actually the Consol Energy Center, home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Raylan Givens uses a Glock 17 chambered in 9mm, not a .45 as he incorrectly states in season one, episode ten.
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Larenz Tate guest stars in Justified: For Blood or Money (2011). He also co-stared with Timothy Olyphant in A Man Apart (2003), in which Tate plays a U.S. Federal Agent, and Olyphant a criminal, instead of the opposite, as it is in the episode.
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Four out of the seven main cast members of Boomtown (2002), also created by Graham Yost, have starred on this series: Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Basaraba, and Jason Gedrick. Donnie Wahlberg and Lana Parrilla were apparently impossible to book, and Nina Garbiras is no longer in the business, according to Yost.
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The show was based on Elmore Leonard's novella "Fire in the Hole," which introduced Raylan Givens, but another studio had the rights to his book "Pronto," also featuring Raylan, which was made into a television movie, Pronto (1997). The writers were unable to use any stories from "Pronto" without altering the characters and plot significantly.
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You can see the movie poster for Tombstone in Arts office. In season 6, the show introduces Mr. Avery Markham played by Sam Elliot. Sam Elliot also played a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Tombstone as Wyatt Earps brother.
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Set in the same county Abraham Lincoln was born.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The fedora Raylan takes from Boon after killing him in the final episode more closely resembles the one described in the short story that spawned the series than the Stetson hat Raylan wore throughout the series.
Mykelti Williamson (Limehouse) uses a machete to cut off Quarles' arm. In Species II (1998), Williamson's character, Gamble, picks up a machete, and says he was "going back to Africa on somebody's ass", namely the alien he and Michael Madsen are going after.
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