During filming of some tense scenes on the set of his Tuesday-night FX drama
Nick Searcy drops into a director's chair with his lunch and takes a few questions from
: Today on set, about midway through the season, your character, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen, is having a dispute with his most troublesome subordinate, Marshal Raylan Givens (
Timothy Olyphant). Is this a serious spat?
Nick Searcy: I don't want to give away too much, but I found out some things about Raylan that I'd rather not have known. Really, I've got to be vague about it. This is maybe the biggest spat we've had. We've had some other things, but this one has a real permanent feel about it.
Zap2it: Does this represent a rift in the Art/Raylan father/son relationship?
Zap2it: What's it like to do the show this year without the late author
Elmore Leonard, the inspiration for the characters and storylines?
Nick Searcy: There was something great about being able to pick some new stuff from what Elmore had written. He was always giving us excerpts from stuff that he hadn't published yet, that the writers would use for background and for dialogue. It's difficult. It's made an impact.
A lot of what Elmore contributed was just that tone of the dialogue and the way the characters are revealed through the humor that they have. It's a challenge to preserve that without Elmore being here.
Zap2it: Is Raylan ever going to settle down with ex-wife Winona (Natalie Zea) and their baby daughter and give up being a lawman?
Nick Searcy: I don't see that happening.