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We interview Tomb Raider star Walton Goggins about what drew him to the film and the motivations of his character, Mathias Vogel.
Screen Rant sat down with the amazing Walton Goggins to talk about his character, Mathias Vogel in MGM’s reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Walton is known for his roles in The Shield, Justified, and HBO’s Vice Principals. In Tomb Raider, his character is the villain of the film and adapted from the 2013 reboot of the video game series. In addition to discussing his role in the film, he talks about not revealing plot details to his family and wanting to maybe, possibly do a romantic comedy one day.
Screen Rant: So you had a chance to work on a lot of great projects as of late, what attracted you to the to the Tomb Raider franchise?
Walton Goggins: Well, you know, I suppose because I didn’t think of it as participating in the Tomb Raider franchise, you know, that early on I just looked at the story and the story that I read was so good and so I think if you start from that point and you look at the incredible Alicia Vikander playing her and imagining kind of what her interpretation of this character would be and this director Roar Utwang, I loved his movie, The Wave and the great Graham King is one of my favorite producers, he’s Martin Scorsese’s producer for Christ’s Sake and I felt like I could do something, I could say something, or help them achieve . . . and get to where they wanted to go.
Screen Rant: I’m actually glad you said that because obviously, this is a video game franchise, but it’s just a great movie, just in general, like you can take a video game, the Tomb Raider out of that, this is just a good movie, it’s a lot of fun.
Walton Goggins: Yeah, well that’s very kind of you to say, you know I’ve never seen the movies and I’ve never played the video game and once these conversations kind of began in earnest. I didn’t want to, because I think that I knew that there would be enough people around this project that understood the ins and outs of this game and knew how to service as you have to as you should and as you are expected to the devoted followers of this Herald and – but I also felt that you know, somebody needed to be at the table that is. . . judging this based on the merits of the story.
Screen Rant: That’s really interesting you said that, because that was my next question. If you had no . . . I mean, I’m sure you knew about Tomb Raider. . .
Walton Goggins: Who doesn’t know about Tomb Raider?
Screen Rant: Sure. But I didn’t know that you didn’t play the games or anything like that, but that’s interesting because what I was going to ask you next is, obviously Lara Croft is such an iconic character and now we’re starting to see the empowerment of the female lead actress in films now, but she was doing this, Lara Croft the character was doing this twenty years ago almost. So, what is Lara Croft now especially since you’ve been a part of this franchise now, what does she mean to you now?
Walton Goggins: I suppose I haven’t said this anywhere else, so I’ll say it here. I suppose to summarize that answer, my answer that question, the most effective way to do it through the story and that is in my . . . I have a seven year old son, he’s the love of my life, the greatest thing that I’ve ever been treated to in my life, and he came to set a few times and on the last day he was there he leaned over to me and pulled my arm and said Daddy, I think I want to be Lara Croft. I looked at him and I said I do too. You know, really and that was pretty cool.
Screen Rant: I mean you know what, to be honest with you, I thought the same thing when I was younger playing those games, because there wasn’t there was a male counterpart of that, but it didn’t matter to me, because she was such a just cool character which I find really attractive.
Walton Goggins: Yeah and I think that you know I mean that’s you know that I think that’s where we all want to go isn’t it? I mean to celebrate differences between men and women, we’re different for a reason you know, and we bring different things to the table, but one knows I don’t look and see a woman, I see an incredible person.
Screen Rant: Absolutely.
Walton Goggins: Right? And I think that you know things happen, there’s a nexus of things that kind of happen and a movement that happens in all of the separate pockets and all of the separate places and then they will collide and, in an amphitheater, where what is seen will be different. And you know, this movie as it happens, it is a part of the conversation, and Alicia’s interpretation of Lara is worthy of that.
Screen Rant: Now, talk to me about Vogel, how would you describe him and his motivations from his point of view.
Walton Goggins: You know, I think that he is a person that at this point in his life is devoid of feeling. I think he’s past the point of hope or optimism about anything in his life and I think even with his men, you know, there was a time where these days began with energy and the conversation to a point of pure isolation and then, and that’s where you meet him and you meet him on the day that it all changes and it’s as if it’s not really changing when you meet him, because Lara Croft is a mirage and I think when you’re in tent, hopefully you will be as disoriented as the lead of this movie and be taken on this journey of this guy, really understanding that his life is about to change. And how he feels about that or his lack of feeling about it and how that changes over the course of the movie. I just think that it’s cool man.
Screen Rant: It is! It’s a super fun movie.
Walton Goggins: It’s really a different kind of way of looking at it and I haven’t really seen a that in a way, in a while and I don’t . . . I don’t predicate the decisions that I make based on doing something different. I look at it as the truth and the truth shall set you free.
Screen Rant: Absolutely. So, I know you guys shot in South Africa, what was the most challenging things to shoot out there and also as an actor, I’m sure with every role you learn, what did you learn from this role of playing Vogel?
Walton Goggins: The most, I dunno, the most challenging. . . we were in Africa and there’s nothing challenging about that for me, it was one of the most mystical places I’ve been in my life and it changed my life, I had to travel and spend five days with the Ambo Tribe of the Angolan border and drove all over Libya. . .
Screen Rant: While you were out there?
Walton Goggins: Yeah, and I do that a lot of places, I’ll just go out by myself. And so those, that communion with those people, in that place, realizing that this is where we crawled out of the fucking ocean. It made me weep, you know, it was uplifting, so there was nothing challenging about making this movie because I love making movies.
I suppose the only, the only part where it was, where I would go home at night, have a glass of wine, and just try to hum because of the quiet, the buzzing in my head, was how dark this guy was, and how desperately he just wanted to see his family, you know, and I think we’ve all been in that place. . .
Screen Rant: Absolutely.
Walton Goggins: You know, and it doesn’t make people sympathize with him or empathize with him, it is what it is, that’s his reality, you know, and you will have your experience or your reaction in the way that you have it.
Screen Rant: So this is going to be a pretty big summer for you with Tomb Raider and then you got Ant-Man and the Wasp. . . What can you tell me about Sonny Birch?
Walton Goggins: That Walton Goggins is playing him. *Laughs*
Screen Rant: It’s like the standard Marvel answer, right?
Walton Goggins: That’s it man, I mean, you think Trinity’s everywhere? They have nothing on Marvel.
Screen Rant: I mean it’s probably true.
Walton Goggins: You know I really am that way man, I don’t . . . I did, you know, I’m that way about Quentin, I’m that way about everything in my life really, but my wife didn’t know the ending of The Shield for a year. . .
Screen Rant: Really?!
Walton Goggins: Before it happened, she had no idea what happened in Justified, she had no idea about Vice Principals, you know, I don’t tell anything. . . you know, out of . . . because I don’t want to, I don’t want to ruin it for other people.
Screen Rant: Sure, absolutely.
Walton Goggins: You know, and I’m protecting people that have made it, also I really protect my own experience of it, you know.
Screen Rant: Now, the last question, I love you as an actor, let me just say you’re an amazing actor and you’re playing the villain role excellently. You ever just want to do a romantic comedy every now and then and just kind of like . . .?
Walton Goggins: F*** man, you know, yes, the answer to your question is absolutely. And you know I don’t know if I ever will man you know, I don’t know the answer to that question, I do know that, you know, I’ve got a movie coming out later on this year, a really small independent movie, he’s a deep complicated guy and I don’t think he’s a bad guy, it’s a father daughter story about a snake handling community up in Appalachia, called Them That Follow and that was really rewarding and I’ve done a lot of comedy over the course of my career and a lot of very serious things that just happen to be funny, but I- you know, I don’t know, maybe the lighting, maybe that that much light on my face doesn’t look good.
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Every character on Last Man Standing has a sense of who they are and what they don’t want to be. Take a look at the character’s D&D alignments!
Probably one of the more brilliant things about Last Man Standing when compared to Tim Allen’s other popular television sitcom Home Improvement is that every character on Last Man Standing has a sense of who they are and what they don’t want to be. As far as Tim Allen’s family on Home Improvement, no one knew where they stood on any issue of the day and it wasn’t expected for them to expand beyond the one-dimensional characters they were.
Some fans might enjoy the typical sitcom family, while others prefer the more in your face style of Last Man Standing. For those interested in D&D alignments, it might be fun to figure out just where your favorite Last Man Standing character falls. The results might surprise many fans of the show.
Mike Baxter: Lawful Good
Mike Baxter is a man on a mission. When he sees the world falling apart around him, he isn’t afraid to hurt a few feelings, especially if he thinks that a person needs a rude awakening. He is a crusader type who takes it upon himself to make a change in others and expects others to do the same.
So, when it comes to people who are not as adamant as he is about issues, he sometimes gets a bit argumentative but it is only because he truly cares about the world around him.
Vanessa Baxter: Neutral Good
Vanessa is strong-willed like her husband Mike but doesn’t feel the need to change the world as he does. She prefers to handle the situation and problems that go with her own family rather than trying to convert someone over to her political beliefs.
Though, she does eventually run for office and takes a more middle of the road approach compared to the advice of her husband and best friend, who were both served as campaign managers for her. Vanessa feels her job is to keep her family in order, rather than a crusade against ideas she disagrees with.
Carol Larabee: Lawful Evil
It isn’t that Carol is a bad person, she isn’t. It is just instead of letting others decide their own fate, she instead tries to dominate the individual rather than seeking a beneficial result for both parties involved. An example of this is her relationship with her husband, Chuck, who she forces to do things he just isn’t comfortable with.
Instead of trying to compromise she decides that she has no other choice but to literally force him to do what she thinks is best, even if it goes against what he wants in life.
Kristin Baxter: Chaotic Good
Kristin has strong opinions like her father, only they are on the complete opposite political spectrum. She is more like her husband Ryan, who has a strong liberal bend. She creates her own path in this world and doesn’t care much about how those around her view her life choices.
She hates when people are bullied and goes out of her way to teach her son the values of respecting others. What makes her chaotic is she always starts disagreements and has a tendency to have a holier than thou attitude when trying to appear dignified above the rest.
Mandy Baxter: Chaotic Neutral
Unlike her sister Kristin, who has strong values, Mandy is more of a free spirit that doesn’t seem to understand the difference between wrong and right. At times, Mandy appears vain and very self-centered in her line of thinking. She doesn’t care if something hurts someone as long as it furthers her own gain.
This arrogant behavior makes her one of the least liked characters on the show, partly because she stands for everything the average decent person doesn’t want to be. She is the very definition of if you don’t stand for something you fall for everything.
Eve Baxter: Lawful Good
Out of the three Baxter girls, Eve is the most like her father Mike. She isn’t afraid to pick a fight and doesn’t care if it involves physical confrontation or just a strong shouting match. She stands up for her views and isn’t afraid to scream them to the world.
This sometimes puts her in confrontation with her sisters but Eve is confident enough to fight for her beliefs no matter the consequences. She has a strong sense of justice, making her perfect for the military. Brave and valiant she isn’t afraid of living on the front lines.
Kyle Anderson: Chaotic Good
Kyle is the polar opposite of the Baxter women. He is submissive and lacks the proper understanding to do even the most menial of tasks. Yet, in Mike, he finds a special connection, resulting in Mike becoming a father figure to him.
This relationship with Mike has given Kyle a new lease on life, he is more confident in his abilities and in his own views when it comes to life. He isn’t rigid in his attitude like Mike is but he does hold to some core beliefs that he places above all else.
Ed Alzate: Neutral Good
Ed has been around the block and back again, making him capable of understanding life’s key mysteries. That said, he has made plenty of mistakes throughout his lifetime and isn’t always the smartest man in the room. That said, he is wise in his own way and provides little bouts of wisdom whenever Mike is in a situation that he isn’t sure about how to get out of.
Ed prefers to compromise rather than cause tension and lacks the ambition to succeed. An ambition that keeps Mike continually on his game as a co-owner of Outdoor Man.
Ryan Vogelson: Chaotic Neutral
Ryan Vogelson is a thorn in the side of Mike Baxter in almost every way. He basically stands for everything that Mike hates in the world and to make matters worse, he has influenced Kristin into acting just like him. Ryan is a little selfish and at times, just thinks about his own interests and beliefs.
Sometimes he puts those beliefs before his family’s interest making him a little dangerous. He does have strong convictions, though, he prefers to beat them over people’s head rather than trying to win them over with logical arguments.
Cammy Harris: Lawful Evil
Cammy is one character that few people can stand to be around for any period of time. She has a way of getting underneath people’s skin, partly because it seems she has a disturbing disposition underneath her otherwise talkative self. She is obsessively loyal to Eve and would do anything she asked no matter how vindictive it might be.
Cammy just lacks an overall understanding of proper mannerisms as she never manages to say the right words in situations. She also has an unnatural nervousness about her that unnerves others.
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Gravity Falls is an animated mystery comedy series following the magical adventures of twins Dipper & Mabel Pines. However, some episodes fall short
Gravity Falls was a beloved animated mystery comedy series that followed the magical adventures of twins Dipper and Mabel Pines in the town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, over their summer break. The series aired on Disney Chanel and Disney XD between 2012 and 2016, and though it received universal praise, it ended after only two seasons because its creator, Alex Hirsch, wanted to give the characters a strong conclusion. Because of this, all the episodes turned out to be pretty great. Being that we already looked at the best, however, we thought it was now time to look at the worst. Trust us when we say this, however — the “worst” episodes of Gravity Falls are far better than the best of many other TV shows. We’re going to get super picky.
We’ll be determining the least popular episodes by looking at the star ratings on IMDb. These scores, on a scale of 1 to 10, are based on the votes of registered users. With the logistics discussed, it’s time to solve a new mystery; Which episodes of Gravity Fall are the least popular? Read on to find out.
The Legend Of The Gobblewonker (8.0)
The second episode in the entire series has Grunkle Stan taking Dipper and Mabel out for a fun family fishing trip. After the siblings discover that there is a monster living in the lake, however, they decide to join Soos on a mission to track it down.
Because this episode was early in the series, fans were still getting used to the quirky personalities of Gravity Falls. However, the heartwarming, exciting, and funny story helped draw viewers further in.
The following episode also had fans learning more about the town’s residents. In “Headhunters,” Dipper and Mabel find out that Stan houses a wax sculpture collection at the Mystery Shack, and Mabel decides to create her own wax figure in the likeness of Grunkle Stan. After it is mysteriously destroyed, however, the twins try to discover who committed the crime.
Dipper Vs. Manliness (8.0)
In Season 1’s “Dipper Vs. Manliness,” Mabel and Grunkle Stan make fun of Dipper for thinking he’s tough. This has him embarking on a quest to find his “manliness” after happening upon a group of Manotaurs who specialize in this. Back at the Shack, Mabel tries to prep Stan to ask out Lazy Susan. As it turns out, he doesn’t have a way with women.
Though Dipper and Mabel don’t spend a lot of time together in this episode because they embark on separate missions, the end message remained strong.
Little Dipper (8.0)
A few episodes later, in “Little Dipper,” the Pines twins debate about who is taller. After Dipper discovers that Mabel is out-growing him, he uses a magical crystal that will allow him to gain height. His plan backfires, however, when Gideon gets ahold of the stone and shrinks the siblings in order to kidnap them.
Perhaps the episode was a little goofier than some (thanks to Gideon’s over-the-top plotting), but the story and heart of “Little Dipper” helped it along.
Boss Mabel (8.0)
Grunkle Stan decides to hand the keys of the Mystery Shack to his great-nice in “Boss Mabel.” Believing that she can run the business better than Stan, the two make a bet; Whoever can come back with the most money in three days will get to run the Mystery Shack forever.
While Mabel quickly learns that its difficult to keep Soos and Wendy focused, Stan gets busy competing in a game show. Fans concluded that the episode was packed with funny moments. However, the plot wasn’t the most original.
Little Gift Shop Of Horrors (8.0)
This Season 2 episode has Stan taking the viewer on a tour of the Mystery Shack after it has closed for the night. Through this experience, he shares three separate tales. In one, Stan’s hands get stolen by a With. In another, Waddles becomes super smart after eating brain goop. And in the last, Mabel must save her family from scary claymation figures.
The Deep End (7.9)
If you skip back to Season 1, you’ll find the episode in which Mabel longs for her first kiss: “The Deep End.”Mabel finds that a cute merman named Mermando is stuck inside the public pool. Wishing to reunite with his kind in the ocean, Mabel tries to return him home. Dipper meanwhile tries to spend more time with Wendy after learning she’s become a lifeguard.
“The Deep End” is packed with silly jokes, even if Memando wasn’t the series’ most rounded-out character.
The Love God (7.9)
It’s no secret that Mabel likes to matchmake. However, she takes it a little too far in “The Love God” when she meddles in Robbie’s romantic life with a love potion. Meanwhile, in the subplot, Stan attempts to appeal to the young, hip crowd of the annual Woodstick Festival.
Mabel’s shenanigans were hilarious, even if the use of magic made Robbie’s moving-on narrative a little less organic.
The Hand That Rocks The Mabel (7.8)
The fourth episode of Season 1 was definitely Gideon-heavy. Though this might have turned off some, “The Hand That Rocks The Mabel” was still bursting with life as viewers learned more about Gravity Falls’ secrets.
Gideon requests that Mabel goes on a date with him in this episode. When she doesn’t return the feelings, however, she must find a way to stay strong and get out of the relationship.
Boyz Crazy (7.5)
The lowest-rated episode of Gravity Falls is Season 1’s “Boyz Crazy.” In it, Mabel and her friends attempt to sneak into a concert for their favorite boy band, only to learn that they are both prisoners and scientifically-produced clones.
Meanwhile, Dipper tries to tear Robbie and Wendy apart, believing that Robbie is trying to brainwash his girlfriend with music. The absurd humor was fun, but not for everyone. Though the boy band humor was a decade-too-dated, the lead characters’ charm continued to steal the show.