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Martin Freeman is So Good as 'Fargo's' Lester Nygaard, Your Panties Will Moisten Despite That Minnesota Accent

By Cindy Davis | Videos | April 3, 2014 | Comments ()


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As far back as I can remember, dark comedy has been my favorite brand of humor, probably since the day I buried my nose in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and found myself laughing harder at Monty Python’s Life of Brian than any traditional comedies. From there it was on to Spanking the Monkey, Shallow Grave, a Todd Solondz side trip or two, and of course the Coen Brothers’ Fargo. So when it was first announced, FX was doing a Fargo series with the directors themselves—and only Billy Bob Thornton on board—that was all I needed to hear. Sold.

And then came Martin Freeman. Double-sold. (Is that even a thing? I’m making it a thing.) The FX trailer and drips and drabs they’ve dropped during Justified have left me practically peeing my pants with excitement, and now they’ve gone and loaded up the first seven minutes. As you’ll see, t’s not even a matter of doing as well as or better than the wonderful original cast; it’s a matter of making the show’s cast making this thing their own. And by gum, I think they’ve done it. There’s only a moment or three of Billy Bob (he may be a donkadoodie offscreen, but you can’t deny the dude is a good actor), and then Martin takes over. Just…perfection. Have at it:


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Fargo also stars Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Joey King and Allison Tolman. The series is written (along with Noah Hawley) and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, and debuts on FX April 15th.


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  • annie

    I do love me some Martin Freeman, epic nose and all.

  • Cindy, if someone hasn't hugged you for "donkadoodie" then there's a wrong that needs righting.

  • BWeaves

    Can someone enlighten me, please? Why would anyone want to live in Fargo? I'm not talking the fictitious town of the show. I'm talking real life.

  • JJ

    Because there are people who don't actually mind the cold, and summers in the Midwest are better than the majority of the southern states. Low crime, low unemployment, low cost of living, and a large farming community. Plus not everyone prefers living in a big city.

  • Mark Maloney

    But that car hitting the deer depicts a real hazard in these parts. Especially if you ride a motorcycle. Terrifying at night as your vision diminishes with age.....

  • Mrs. Julien

    Can our resident Minnesotans weigh in on the accents?

  • Mark Maloney

    The accents I hear in the trailer are exaggerated to point of being comical; maybe thats the point. Such things are lost on me. Plus everyone knows we Midwesterners don't really have accents anyways.

  • BWeaves

    I love that they are doing this as a single season series with a definite beginning, middle and end, and not trying to drag it out for years if it's a hit.

  • Sassy Pikachu

    It reminds me the format for TV shows in Asia. Growing up in Asia I loved how all the shows have a definitive ending. Took me years to get used to the American TV format, but boy it is a goldmine if you look in the right places.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    Amen. It really is the best way to do a show. There is probably no greater example than the The Office. Both versions, for opposite reasons.

  • PDamian

    Well, to be fair, Freeman can moisten panties in any accent.

  • The Coen Brothers: because who said genius should have bounds?

  • I'm a little confused. It's not about the same people as the movie. It's like different versions of the same characters?

  • "Same place, same universe. Different people." This should help.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • Ahhh ok thanks. Looks great, though. Just started the third season of Sherlock so seeing Martin like this, well, it's a change!

  • He's brilliant on Sherlock too.

  • Gavin Smith

    That looks depressing.

  • Obviously, you're not a golfer.

  • Gavin Smith

    Now that's an idea for a Cohen bros series. Jeff Bridges might even play the role.

  • Gavin Smith

    Now that's funny!

  • Wet, cold panties are not much fun.

  • Jericho Smith

    And cockney is the predominate English accent.

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