A movie that Clayne made in 2010 is finally going to be released on DVD in the USA August 27, 2013!
Clayne Crawford in The Baytown Outlaws (Best Actor):
It’s tough to get awards buzz when the film you participated in comes out so early in the year. Even more difficult is when that early release is universally panned and has such a brief theatrical run that it’s practically seen as a straight-to-video flick. The Baytown Outlaws doesn’t deserve the excoriation it’s received, but it’s not exactly high art either. And yet, who could have imagined that such a little-seen movie would showcase a stupendous performance by a young actor that’s yet to break out? Clayne Crawford has worked as a supporting player in several films and television shows for a while now, but director Barry Battle’s pulpy Western gives Crawford the reins to lead, and lead he does. Crawford exudes Southern Cowboy charm despite his seedy appearance and even seedier line of work. But what really impressed me was the sensitivity Crawford brought to his role as the leader of the deadly Oodie Brothers. Safeguarding a handicapped teenager (Game of Thrones‘ Thomas Brodie-Sangster) from gangsters that want to retrieve him for their boss, Brick Oodie proves to be a killer with a heart. Crawford imbues his protagonist with a kindness not seen in these ultra violent shoot-em-up films, increasing the taste level of this subgenre in the process. Crawford is one of 2013′s great discoveries, an Emile Hirsch meets Matthew McConaughey-type who deserves to star in high-profile films from now on. But for the time being, Crawford at least warrants some awards recognition for his fantastic performance in this year’s The Baytown Outlaws.
Source: Awards Circuit
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Release o’ the week: Rectify. I can’t praise this Sundance Channel series enough, particularly for its ability to say so much with so few words — lead character Daniel Holden is not a talkative man — and to present the South in a non-stereotypical, non-campy way. The story focuses on a man who is released from prison after nearly 20 years on death row. Thankfully, it has been renewed for a second season; the first is only six episodes.
Following Jane Campion‘s Top of the Lake, the Sundance Channel doles out its latest high-profile drama in Rectify.
In a rousing review, The Hollywood Reporter‘s chief TV critic Tim Goodman called Rectify a “superb character study,” which “lets viewers bathe in what it must be like for a man to experience the shock of lost time and the wonder of a second chance.”
“It’s very much the story of how we as a society have gotten to a point where we have legitimized murder, and somebody escapes that through a series of legalities and is let loose in a world that has tried to shed him,” said star Aden Young at a recent luncheon. “In doing so, he brings everything that has defined this town back to the forefront of people’s lives and that frightens the s— out of everyone because people have made their careers on it and other people are skeptical of the possibility of his innocence.”
It’s fair to say Daniel’s release isn’t met with open arms. Clayne Crawford‘s character, Ted, Daniel’s stepbrother he’s never met, is one of those people unhappy about Daniel’s reintegration. “A lot of people feel threatened, and I think that’s just small-town America,” Crawford said. “Change is terrifying.”
Boarding the project seemed to be a no-brainer for those involved; some castmembers even noted that Rectify moves at a snail’s pace compared to that of AMC’s Mad Men.
“Reading [the script], it felt like a Faulkner novel,” Abigail Spencer, who plays Daniel’s younger sister Amantha, told THR.
For Young, there was something gratifying about diving into a role that relied so little on dialogue.
“It’s a joy to play somebody so still,” he said of his character, who barely cracks a smile. “It’s a challenge to convey very little. The physical reality of living in a box and wearing shackles, your movement is limited to 18 inches or 12 inches really, and suddenly the world is opened right in front of you. You just feel like someone who has literally fallen to earth. There’s a paralyzing nature that you have to bring in.”
Young added: “He’s very much afraid of feeling anything, because if he feels, something might break. Death might still be around the corner: Is it going to be today? Is it going to be next week? Is it five stays of execution? How many lives do I actually get? Is this real? That’s a question we pose.”
His biggest obstacle in playing the internal intricacies was maintaining Daniel’s truth. “I had to go to that place of rawness so I wasn’t lying to him about the human being. So much that we express on television and cinema is crap because we’re afraid of being touched, of tenderness, as if they’re talons,” Young said. “Ray wasn’t afraid of going to that world where tenderness exists, where sadness is a factor. You take that and you think how can you break that down? The reality is, you just be. Hopefully that is enough for an audience to become intrigued and empathetic.”
Young, who didn’t want to find out whether Daniel was guilty of the murder he was jailed for, argued that escapism in entertainment doesn’t leave a lasting effect. “The film or TV of quality, I think it should be about inviting you back into yourself as opposed to trying to get away from where you are,” he reasoned.
The stillness that McKinnon captured on-camera added another layer to the suspense, castmembers affirmed. “It feels like the seemingly mundane becomes much more suspenseful,” said Spencer. “The things we do that no one’s watching suddenly feel like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going to happen! Oh, he’s just going to buy water.’ ”
For Spencer, the awkward car ride between Daniel and Amantha following Daniel’s prison exit was a moment that stood out, if only because it was a way into McKinnon’s mind. “What an interesting choice to go to the car scene [between Amantha and Daniel] leaving the prison. There’s not much going on but choosing that moment, I’m really drawn to ones Ray chose to explore because they were so thoughtful,” she said.
Filming in the South was a homecoming for Southerners Spencer and Crawford. So much so that the cast would often go roller-skating on the weekends, simply because there was nothing else to do. And though Rectify‘s subject matter is serious, the seasoned cast — whom Spencer dubbed “under the radar” — would often resort to humor and hijinks when moments got too tense.
“Most of the emotion happened during the takes because it’d almost be too much,” she said. “You could never go that far from the undercurrent because the whole season takes place in the first week.” Young echoed that sentiment, telling THR, “It was hard to shoot. It was emotionally intense for all of us, so we at times would be exhausted.” One day had the cast filming for 19 straight hours, he recalled.
The final thing that Young shot for Rectify was Daniel’s confession from 19 years previous. “We did 12 hours [worth] of interrogation for 45 minutes,” he recalled. “Ray and I sat in a little van where Ray was playing the sheriff and I was playing Daniel as a young boy; Daniel was high as a kite. The question of what happened that night [of the murder] is a foggy one.”
There were times during filming when Young found it difficult to separate himself from the grim reality Daniel faced.
“You lose the ability to manufacture reality away from the take and your brain stem starts saying, ‘You’re really sad,’ when you’re not. There’s nothing to be sad about except the performance that you’re playing is telling your body is really sad,” he told THR. “That confusion at times can be very exhausting.”
Rectify debuts as a six-episode series, but there could be a continuation to Daniel’s story should the opportunity arise.
“I think Ray has a pretty firm idea where he wants to go with the story,” Young told THR. “In the brief discussions we have had, there’s a whole landscape. Ray and I have talked, speculatively, about the idea of Daniel just getting on the train and going out to America. What would happen there if that were the case.”
Rectify premieres at 9 p.m. Monday on Sundance Channel.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
LONDON — Netflix and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have inked a deal giving the online streaming giant exclusive broadcast premiere window rights to original scripted series Rectify in Canada.
The rest of the series will roll out weekly in line with the U.S. broadcast, ITV and Netflix said.
Rectify follows the life of Daniel Holden upon his release from jail after serving 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row before DNA evidence disputed the state’s original case. Only 18 years old when convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old, he returns to his family and his hometown faced with many who still think him guilty.
Rectify stars Aden Young (Killer Elite) alongside Abigail Spencer (Cowboys and Aliens, TV’s Mad Men) as well as Clayne Crawford (Justified), Adelaide Clemens (Lie to Me) and J. Smith Cameron (True Blood) and Luke Kirby (Take This Waltz).
The Sundance Channel U.S. original drama was created and written by Oscar winner Ray McKinnon (The Accountant), who serves as executive producer, along with Gran Via’s Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad).
ITV Studios Global Entertainment svp, global digital media and home entertainment, Dan Gopal said: “We are delighted that Netflix is premiering the series in Canada, and offering their viewers the opportunity to watch Rectify in the same week as the U.S. audience. This illustrates both the international demand for this incredible series, plus our commitment to enable global audiences to enjoy new content as close as possible to the premiere market.”
Netflix vp of content acquisition Sean Carey said: “We are pleased to be the home for Rectify in Canada and pleased to make such a quality series available at the same time it airs in the United States.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A couple of supporting roles deserve special mention as well. Crawford is very good as slippery stepbrother Ted Jr., a man who is conflicted by random impulses to do the “right thing” by the family he so obviously loves, but he is also deeply worried about how he is going to keep the family auto parts business out of Daniel’s hands, a business the Talbot men took over when Janet remarried after the death of Daniel’s father.
Source: Cape Breton Post
Source: TV By the Numbers
April 22, 2013
Image Credit: James Minchin III/Sundance Channel
The Sundance Channel’s new show bows Monday night, boasting a very slow and emotional build over its six-episode arc. EW spoke to three of the show’s stars about the characters they play on the gritty, lifelike new scripted fare.
Aden Young, Abigail Spencer and Clayne Crawford opened up about the places they had to go and the emotions they had to portray as they dove headfirst into this depiction of a man who is released from prison into the uncertain world of a small Southern town — and the family who surrounds him.
Aden Young on Daniel Holden, the man who was recently released from death row
“You feel like a man who literally has fallen to earth,” Young said of his character. “There’s a sort of paralyzing nature of that world inside. He’s very much afraid of feeling anything because if he feels it might break.”
He said he explored the concept of moving a person from one extreme — limited space and no freedom — to another by releasing Daniel from prison.
“The subtext is, is this real?” Young said. “Is this world that we live in real? Can you bring a human being out of that terrible sadness and say ‘have a beer?’ It’s a story of how we as a society have legitimized murder and somebody escapes that through a series of legalities and is let loose in this world that has tried to shed him.”
Is there a method to getting into such a still, stoic character’s mind?
“Vodka,” he deadpanned.
Abigal Spencer on Amantha, Daniel’s sister who fought for 18 years to get him out of prison
Spencer was drawn to the character because of her unique name.
“I am from a really small Southern town and I had never heard that name before,” she said. “This is like next level Southern.”
She said there were many accuracies in the depiction of a small southern town — from the marshmallow creme in the pantries to the cultural wasteland of a town dominated by a Wal-Mart culture. The character was certainly a departure from her own nature.
“The first thing I did when I got to Griffin, I was like where are the hipsters,” Spencer joked. “I know they’re here. And we found them. It was kids who were in bands and had toured and lived life and then came back and were like “we’re going to bring the hipster to Griffin.”
Beyond her desire to explore counter-culture, Spencer also cited a big difference between she and Amantha.
“I am not a smoker,” Spencer said. “At the beginning I was smoking but then I was like I can’t do this, give me the fake stuff. Finding the way Amantha smokes and everything … It was so good though, because it changes you chemically and Amantha has a way of smoking. It’s the motion of it and there’s a little bit … Ray said Amantha kind of smokes like Bette Davis, like she had seen a lot of movies growing up.”
Clayne Crawford on Teddy, Daniel’s step-brother who isn’t sure how he feels about Daniel’s release
Clayne Crawford said a lot of his character’s uncertainty comes from the fact that Daniel’s freedom affects his livelihood and creates an uncertain future. Teddy inherited what would probably have been Daniel’s position in the family business and is unhappy about finding a new job.
“Teddy doesn’t like things to change,” Crawford said. “He likes things staying the exact same. I grew up in the south so for me it wasn’t a stretch at all – I knew these guys.”