David Meunier: Meet One of 'Justified's' Best Supporting Actors

February 5th, 2013 9:16am EST

David Meunier Justified's Kentucky is full of memorable characters. Beyond the show's phenomenal leads is an ensemble rich in talent. One of those excellent supporting actors is David Meunier, who's become a mainstay as Boyd Crowder's cousin and right-hand man, Johnny Crowder. BFTV recently checked in with David to learn more about the man behind Johnny and see what's ahead for him in season four of Justified.
"Every day I go to work on Justified, I tell myself I'm glad I stuck with [acting]," said David, who first got involved in the craft while in college. "I think one of the things that really got me into it initially, I had all kinds of ideas of what I wanted to do, [and] acting would be the one thing that would allow me to do all of those things."
Prior to assuming the role of Johnny Crowder, he did many different things - playing a soldier in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, making an uncredited appearance in the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 2007, and landing a string of guest appearances on TV shows ranging from Monk to Criminal Minds.
Justified, however, has given David the best chance to stretch his acting muscles. He's appeared in more than two dozen episodes of the FX original series, and unlike your average supporting character, audiences have seen Johnny change as his allegiances have shifted while he continues to hold on to any piece of Harlan County's criminal enterprise that he can - even at great cost to himself.
"The character that I play has been really fun, and the evolution of Johnny," David explained. "Season one I was running around as Bo Crowder's right hand man, and that didn't end very well. [Then] I'm getting more involved with my cousin, and now we're in season four and I decide to make my own move independent of my cousin. There's so many layers to Johnny [and] that's always interesting to me. I'm always trying to weave more in there."
Johnny was recently seen offering up Boyd to Dixie Mafia boss Wynn Duffy (guest star Jere Burns), which would seem to be an unwise move on his part. But considering that Johnny was already put into a wheelchair by Boyd, how much worse could things really get for him? "The ultimate price, I guess, could be paid. I could end up like Devil and get a bullet in my head. That's the worst case scenario," said David, who added that "They haven't really told me how this is going to play out."

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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