Once the best friend, murderer and worst of all, kicker of the now classic family drama Friday Night Lights, Jesse Plemons seemed like one of those actors who would probably hang on in bit parts for the rest of his career. Like Rob Benedict, he’d be a guy we’d occasionally see working as a barista in an episode of CSI and say, “Hey, it’s Richard from Felicity!”
That has instead become the plight of some of the more recognizable FNL actors like Aimee Teegarden, Zach Gilford, and increasingly, Scott Porter, Taylor Kitsch and Minka Kelly. Meanwhile, the lead singer of Crucifictorious has gone on to be a big-deal character actor in Hollywood, first with his recurring stint as the sociopath Todd in Breaking Bad, then with his turn as Ed Blumquist in Fargo, which will undoubtedly earn him an Emmy nomination later this year.
Has the Plemons run finally come to an end?
Absolutely not. He hasn’t yet struck Star Wars or Marvel gold (which is a blessing), but he does have three movies stacked with talent coming next year. He’ll star in The Discovery with Rooney Mara, Riley Keough, Robert Redford and Jason Segal. Intriguingly, it’s a love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified. He’ll follow that with Doug Liman’s crime thriller Mena, with Tom Cruise and Domhnall Gleeson, which is about a pilot who works for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s. He’s also in Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, with Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, which is about a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees in 1892 to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
Later this year, he’ll also be in Other People with Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, and Maude Apatow. It opened the Sundance Festival, was bought by Netflix, and is expected to compete for Oscar attention this fall.
The cherry on top? He’s now one half of a real, honest-to-God celebrity relationship, with his Fargo co-star, to boot.
Meth Damon is cooking up the good stuff these days, the finest Blue Sky in all of New Mexico. Who would have thought that, between Plemons and Taylor Kitsch, or Plemons and Aaron Paul, that it would be the former who would be living the life in Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, and Robert Redford flicks.