The character Raylan Givens was created by novelist Elmore Leonard, and has appeared in two of his novels, Pronto (1997) (TV) and 'Riding the Rap'. Givens also appeared in Leonard's short story 'Fire in the Hole', which was the basis of the pilot episode of Justified.
Raylan Givens was previously played by James Le Gros in 'Pronto (1997) (TV)', based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. LeGros also portrayed petty criminal Wade Messer in the series.
The pilot was filmed in Pennsylvania. The rest of the series is filmed in Los Angeles County, California.
Timothy Olyphant, who plays Marshal Raylan Givens, also starred in the HBO series Deadwood as Sheriff Seth Bullock. Several other actors that appeared in 'Deadwood' make guest appearances in 'Justified': - W. Earl Brown, who played "Dan Dority" in "Deadwood", plays a prisoner who takes two officers hostage in the Marshal's office; - Sean Bridgers ("Johnny Burns") as a would-be assassin of a judge; - Peter Jason ("Con Stapleton") plays an art collector; - Ray McKinnon (Rev. Smith) plays an assassin sent from Miami to kill Raylan; - Brent Sexton ("Harry Manning") plays a sheriff who helps Givens; - Pruitt Taylor Vince ("Mose Manuel") plays a pawn shop owner with ties to the Dixie Mafia; - Jim Beaver ("Ellworth") plays Shelby, a mining operation manager, who then becomes Boyd Crowder's man for sheriff; - Stephen Tobolowsky ("Hugo Jarry") plays Special Agent Barkley, an FBI agent who has an adversarial relationship with Raylan; - Gerald McRaney ("George Hearst") plays Josiah, a former cohort of Arlo Givens on house arrest
Walton Goggins stated that he did the pilot for the show as a favor to his good friend Timothy Olyphant. So the character Boyd Crowder was originally supposed to die at the end of the pilot. But when the character scored well with audiences, it was decided to bring him back as a recurring character.
The series was originally to be titled "Lawman". But the title was changed to avoid confusion with Steven Seagal: Lawman.
A total of four actors from the HBO series "Band of Brothers" have appeared on "Justified": Rick Gomez (AUSA David Vasquez) played Sgt. George Luz on "Band of Brothers"; Richard Speight, Jr. (Jed Berwind) played Sgt. Warren "Skip" Muck; Frank John Hughes (Terry Powe) played SSgt. William "Wild Bill" Guarniere; and Neal McDonough (Robert Quarles) played 1st Lt. Lynn D. "Buck" Compton.
The character of Theo Tonin was supposed to be back for season four, but Adam Arkin was too busy directing episodes of The Americans, so the writers had to create his subordinate Nicky Augustine.
Both Nick Searcy and Chris Ellis have played real life astronaut Deke Slayton. Nick Searcy Played Deke Slayton in mini series "From the Earth to the Moon". Chris Ellis played Deke Slayton in Apollo 13.
When Givens is talking to Arnold Pinter in the restaurant Pinter says "you're the guy that pulled a Wild Bill on that guy [in Miami]." Timothy Olyphant played opposite the character Wild Bill in HBO's Deadwood.
The plot and characters of the episode borrow heavily from the second Raylen Givens novel 'Riding the Rap'.
A red stapler can be seen on the desk of Judge Reardon (Stephen Root), a seemingly obvious nod to Root's Milton Waddams character in "Office Space", whose prized red stapler was a point of contention.
James Le Gros had previously played Raylan Givens in the 1997 movie version of Elmore Leonard's book Pronto (1997) (TV). In this episode of Justified, he shares screen time with Timothy Olyphant's version of Raylan.
Carla Gugino plays Assistant Director Karen Goodall. When introduced to Raylan, he is surprised by her last name. This is because Carla Gugino is actually reprising the character of the same name from her television series Karen Sisco, which, like "Justified," is based on a character Elmore Leonard created. In her show, Karen worked in the Miami office, the same office from which Raylan was transferred in the first episode of this series. The character of Karen Sisco was also portrayed by Jennifer Lopez in the movie, Out of Sight.
Towards the end, after the death of Tanner Dodd, his mother turns on her new TV. A brief scene from the 1957 version of the film 3:10 to Yuma (1957) is showing. "3:10 to Yuma" is based on a story by Elmore Leonard, who also wrote the story "Fire in the Hole", the basis of the pilot.
Timothy Olyphant's stoic, pigeon toed portrayal of US Marshall Raylen Givens reminds many viewers of US Marshall Will Kane, played by Gary Cooper in the classic western High Noon. In this scene series creator Graham Yost, who had mentioned the similarity in interviews, confirms the similarity when Randall Kusik, boxer and angry husband of one of Raylan's love interests, says "How about I put a little hitch in that Gary Cooper walk?"
According to Graham Yost, co-writer Dave Andron gave Joelle Carter a day in a SPA as a present after shooting the episode because of the spit moment between Ava and Ellen May. They have to shot it for coverage a few times and apparently, Abby Miller is a good shot.