Over the last two weeks, I must have watched the first episode of Deadwood at least 4 or 5 times and the thing that always stood out to me was just the poetry writer/creator David Milch weaved together with some of the filthiest and crudest language.
Few other shows have been able to capture the poetry of deceit and foul language like Deadwood does. While Olyphant only has two modes in this episode (angry and angrier,) McShane and other fantastic actors like Jim Beaver, Dayton Callie and Brad Dourif deliver Milch’s words with such grace, beauty and power even as their spitting out some of the filthiest words in the English language. McShane particularly delivers a performance worthy of the Devil’s poetry that he’s given. Ellsworth, a prospector who has found his gold in Deadwood, says to Swearengen, “I like the way you lie.” All Swearengen does is plot and lie but you can’t help but fall in love with the way that he does it.
You can read the whole article at Greatest TV Pilots: Deadwood – Sound On Sight.
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