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Ewan McGregor on Playing Two Characters on ‘Fargo’: “It’s a great challenge as an actor, and there’s something very satisfying about it”

"...the challenge for me really as an actor was to try and play the two parts without it being a hindrance to the audience." - Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor on Playing Two Roles on ‘Fargo’: “The challenging part is making sure they’re both unique people”

"I felt like I understood them from the writing and I don't make the job very complicated for myself as an actor." - Ewan McGregor on 'Fargo'

‘Fargo’ Star Patrick Wilson: “I’ve never played someone as steadfast and solid as Lou. I aspire to be Lou”

"I listened to country all across the map. George Jones. There’s just a feeling that I get from country music. I wanted to keep Lou strong, focused" - Patrick Wilson on His 'Fargo' Character

Allison Tolman Went From Customer-Service Job to Series Regular on ‘Fargo’ in a Matter of Weeks

Allison Tolman is on a roll as an actress. She earned an Emmy nomination for her role on Fargo and Mindy Kaling recently wrote a role specifically for her on The Mindy Project. However, an Emmy nod and a regular gig doesn’t always make the path in the entertainment industry any easier. She told Vulture, “It is easier in ways; harder in some. Up until a few weeks before I booked Fargo, I worked a regular job at an IT firm for three years, in the customer-service department. That’s where I met my boyfriend. I didn’t make a lot of ... Read more

Colin Hanks is Hoping ‘Fargo’ Opens the Door to More Diverse Characters in his Career

It’s tough always being the good guy. It can get an actor typecast into certain roles. That’s exactly what Colin Hanks has been dealing with for most of his career. He said, “That’s the stereotype of me. That’s the pigeonhole I’m in, and I’m constantly trying to break out of that.” The 36-year-old actor is currently starring in FX’s 10-episode series, Fargo, as Gus Grimly, the sweet, hapless yet moral police officer. His boundaries are tested when he comes in contact with the devious Lorne Malvo, played by Billy Bob Thornton. Hanks explained his character, “A lot of Gus was ... Read more

Q & A: Allison Tolman on Auditioning for ‘Fargo’, Survial Jobs and Keith Carradine’s Advice

Allison Tolman is teriffic in Fargo. In the show, which has its season finale tonight, she plays Molly Solverson, an ambitious deputy who’s been searching for her boss’ killer. This is Tolman’s first TV role and she more than holds her own acting opposite Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks. The show is an original adaptation of the Coen Brothers Academy Award®-winning film, Fargo. Written by Noah Hawley, the 10-episode limited series features an all-new story and follows a new case and new characters. The show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg ... Read more

Deaf Actor Russell Harvard on Playing a Villain on ‘Fargo’: “I’m just so happy that I was given the opportunity to play somebody that’s not myself”

Though debate continues on non-disabled actors being cast in roles of disabled characters when there are many disabled actors looking for work, many roles that portray disabled characters are not always ones that actors are able to sink their teeth into. For example, there’s often little opportunity for actors with disabilities to play villainous characters because disabled actors are often cast in positive supporting roles that highlight how they overcome their disabilities. In contrast, deaf actor Russell Harvard stars on TV’s Fargo as a deaf hit man named Mr. Wrench. In conversation with NPR, Harvard spoke about how happy he ... Read more

Q & A: Oliver Platt Talks ‘Fargo’, Playing A-holes and Why He Considers Himself Lucky

Oliver Platt thinks that we are living in another Golden Age of TV and with the advent of limited-series, he thinks it’s a “marvelous thing for actors.” Because, he said, “you don’t have to sign your life away.” Platt is currently starring in one of those limited-series, Fargo. The show is an original adaptation of the Coen Brothers Academy Award®-winning film, Fargo. Written by Noah Hawley, the 10-episode limited series features an all-new story and follows a new case and new characters. The show also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate ... Read more

Q & A: Colin Hanks on ‘Fargo’, Preparing for His Role and the Rewards of Being an Actor

Colin Hanks plays the fantastically named “Gus Grimly” on FX’s terrific new show, Fargo. The show is an original adaptation of the Coen Brothers Academy Award®-winning film, Fargo. Written by Noah Hawley, the 10-episode limited series features an all-new story and follows a new case and new characters. The show also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg and Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. I’m hooked on this show. The cast is great and Hanks just keeps getting better and better. In this Q & A, he talks about the ... Read more

Q & A: Bob Odenkirk Talks ‘Fargo’, Challenging Scenes and the Advice He’d Give to College Students

Bob Odenkirk has been on a roll lately, starring in Breaking Bad and its upcoming spin-off, Better Call Saul, Nebraska and now, Fargo. If you haven’t been watching – and why haven’t you because it’s terrific – Fargo is an original adaptation of the Academy Award®-winning film and features an all-new story and new characters. It stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman and Odenkirk as “Deputy Bill Oswalt.” Odenkirk got his start as a writer and brilliant sketch artist – check out Mr. Show if you can find it. I love that he’s getting all this ... Read more

Q & A: Billy Bob Thornton Talks ‘Fargo’, How His Character is an “Animal” and More!

After watching the first episode of FX’s new limited-series, Fargo, I can say without a doubt that I think it’s fantastic. Billy Bob Thornton, who plays “Lorne Malvo” is a huge reason why I’m loving the show so much. He’s terrific as “Malvo” and I seriously cannot wait to see how he evolves throughout the series. The show is an original adaptation of the Coen Brothers Academy Award®-winning film, Fargo. Written by Noah Hawley, the 10-episode limited series features an all-new story and follows a new case and new characters. The show also stars Martin Freeman as insurance salesman Lester ... Read more

Martin Freeman on Starring in the ‘Fargo’ TV Series: “I’m not interested in playing an echo of something that was done 20 years ago. This is its own thing”

Fargo remains one of the highest regarded films of the 1990s, so many people are leery of the idea of FX turning the Coen brothers’ crime masterpiece into a limited television series. Nonetheless, the series will tell a different story than the original film and Joel and Ethan Coen are executive producers of the series. However, it’s hard to argue with the acting talent involved so far. The cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine and Martin Freeman, who will be portraying a character named Lester in the series. He spoke to New York magazine about why he ... Read more