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‘Justified’ Casts its Detroit Mob Boss, Doesn’t Look Very Far

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Sheesh, between Mykelti Williamson’s Ellstin Limehouse, Neal McDonough’s Robert Quarles, the remnants of the Bennett clan and the newly re-criminalized Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), Raylan Givens of ‘Justified‘ sure doesn’t have to look very far for his enemies these days, does he?

So what’s one more?

Entertainment Weekly reports that ‘Justified’ has finally cast its oft-mentioned Detroit mafia boss Theo Tonin, and the ‘Justified’ producers certainly didn’t travel very far to get him!  Actor Adam Arkin, who himself has directed five episodes of the FX series, including season 1 finale “Bulletville” and this year’s Dewey Crowe-centric “Thick As Mud”, will step out from behind the camera to take the sinister role.

The character of Theo Tonin has yet to physically appear, but this week’s “The Man Behind the Curtain” saw the appearance of his son Sammy Tonin (Max Perlich), while Neal McDonough’s Robert Quarles alluded to some of the history between himself and his surrogate father figure.  ‘Justified’ will expand on the backstory between the pair with March 20 episode “Guy Walks Into a Bar,” but Arkin himself will be most prominently featured in the following week’s “Measures,” as well as the ‘Justified’ season 3 finale.

‘Justiied’ executive producer Graham Yost also alluded that Theo Tonin will have some kind of physical abnormality in the portrayal, saying, “There is a physical tweak that Adam asked for.  Adam wanted to be distinctive, so when you see it, it’s like, ‘Oh wow, that’s pretty wild.’  He’s not dressed as a pirate or anything, but he looks cool.”

Place your bets, ‘Justified’ fans!  How is the arrival of Adam Arkin as the Detroit mafia boss going to way on Raylan Givens’ already ever-present troubles?  And with so many villains bandying about, is there any way we’ll get out of of Season 3 without a few body bags?  Sound off in the comments section below with your predictions!

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