David Meunier: Meet One of 'Justified's' Best Supporting Actors
This TV season has given viewers a chance to see David in other roles as well. In addition to his work on Justified, he had a multi-episode arc on NBC's Revolution and a notable guest appearance on The CW's Nikita. Speaking of his Nikita episode, he said, "That was a great experience. It's a great cast, really sweet people. As a guest actor, when you come into any show, you're always sort of trying to fit in to all of the people who live there, and they were so welcoming. They're great, and Maggie [Q], she's just awesome. When you have your lead actors on the show that are really just nice people, it's always a good experience, and the same is true with Justified."
That statement provides a perfect opportunity to ask David about Justified's leading man, Timothy Olyphant. "The great thing about Tim, you watch him on the show and he's very sort of stoic, and in real life he's so funny. He's got such a heightened sense of humor," he explained "That's part of the reason the show does well, because he really mines the writing of Elmore Leonard, and loves to find Elmore Leonard-isms and sort of weave them back into the show. He's constantly doing it."
As far as other lines on his resume that he would point Justified fans in the direction of, "I just recently did that arc on Revolution, which is great. That character, for the present moment, is no longer. It's a J.J. Abrams show, so that character no longer exists in the present time, but could exist in flashbacks," David continued. "The biggest arc I had prior to Justified was a show called Jericho. Jericho was another really great show, and I liked the premise of it."
Having appeared on a variety of great shows, including Leverage, Human Target and Prime Suspect, what other series would he love to try his hand at next? "For a long time, I wanted to be on True Blood," he said. "Game of Thrones would be an awesome show to be on. Homeland would be good; I think that'd be a fun show. It's a powerful political piece."
As far as choosing his material, David said that it doesn't always have to be something complex like his current series. "As an actor, you want to do something, you want it to resonate," he explained. "But sometimes it's just interesting material. Sometimes it's just about doing something that's fun."
Speaking of fun, when he's not acting, his other interests include writing and photography, and he enjoys a variety of TV shows. "The shows I want to be on, I'm a fan of those shows," he said, and added, "I like Glee, that's just a fun show. Breaking Bad is a great show, and I just worked with Giancarlo [Esposito] on Revolution."
And of course, he's a fan of Justified. "This is probably, in my opinion, one of the best seasons," he said. "I loved season two with Margo [Martindale], but this one for me is closest to sort of the last half of season one, where the threads of these characters that you've met from the very beginning, all the threads are really woven together in this season." And it wouldn't be the same without him.
Justified is new tonight at 10 PM ET/PT on FX. Stay tuned to Starpulse for our recap immediately afterward.
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