The contrast between the more affable Minnesota citizens and the bloody criminal activity in which they are embroiled helped make the Coen brothers Fargo (1996) a critical and commercial success. In 2012 the Oscar winners agreed to Noah Hawley (legion) Create an expanded universe TV series for FX. With their help in 2014 Fargo kept all the charm of the movie in the Midwest, with Billy Bob Thornton’s Lorne Malvo at odds with Martin Freeman’s wife, who bludgeoned Lester Nygaard.
The anthology series was a hit for the network and for Hawley. Three seasons will be broadcast until 2017. Season four with Chris Rock as the head of the crime family, Loy Cannon, ruling a new setting for the show (Kansas City 1
In case you’re in the mood for thought, we’ve rounded up some behind-the-scenes facts about television’s most polite crime saga with plenty You betchas and Uff that in tow.
Note: some spoilers ahead.
1. It wasn’t the first Fargo TV adaptation.
One year later Fargo’s In the theatrical release, rights holder MGM attempted an adaptation on a small screen with a pre-Sopranos Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson, the role originally played by Frances McDormand. The Coens were not involved, which could have doomed the project to failure from the start: It never went into production and stood on the shelf for six years until the cable network Trio discovered the pilot in 2003 as part of its block of invisible program specialties. Ironically, NBC executive Warren Littlefield passed this project – which eventually ended up at CBS – and feared it would never do the film justice: Littlefield became executive producer on the 2014 series.
2. There is a reason for it Fargo Series not used margin.
Part of the reason Littlefield was more supportive of this split was because creator Noah Hawley was reluctant to revisit McDormand’s Marge Gunderson character, the pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota. In 2014, Hawley told IndieWire that he’d opted for an anthology format with a different narrative each season to avoid the show being about Marge’s “dark” everyday adventures.
3. The Coens didn’t have to be involved Fargo (but they wanted to be.)
Because MGM owns the rights to FargoThey didn’t necessarily need the blessings of Joel and Ethan Coen to move forward. (And apparently not for the 1997 trial.) But when Littlefield showed them Hawley’s script for the pilot, they decided to get involved. “They just said,” We’re not big fans of imitation, but we feel like Noah has channeled us and we want to put our names on it, “Littlefield told HitFix in 2014.” And they didn’t have to. ” The.”
4. The Fargo The series comes from a (fake) book about real crime.
Hawley was quoted as thinking of them Fargo-verse as influenced by a great Midwestern crime story book, with each season being a different chapter. He cemented that idea in the ninth episode of season two, opening it up with a close-up of a book called The story of true crime in the Midwest.
5. … what the UFO could explain.
In season 2, Patrick Wilson’s Lou Solverson character is rescued during the “Sioux Falls Massacre” (originally mentioned in the first season) by the appearance of a UFO that appeared to hover over a motel parking lot. Even from FargoIt was a strange occurrence by the standards. Hawley, who was urged for an explanation during a book signing in June 2016, said the scene grew out of the idea that the show leaned on “True Crime” books and all of the incredible details it often includes.
Speaking of a similar scene that felt disconnected from the narrative in the original film, Hawley wondered, “Why is that in the movie?” It has nothing to do with the movie – unless the movie says, “This is a true story.” They put it in there because it “happened”. Otherwise you wouldn’t put it in there. The world of Fargo needs these elements; These random, strange, truthful elements are stranger than fiction. “
It’s also worth noting that the 2001 Coens film The man who wasn’t thereA UFO scene appeared out of nowhere with Billy Bob Thornton.
6. There was a voice coach on the Fargo to adjust.
If you’ve ever met someone who wasn’t a huge fan of the Coen brothers’ movie from 1996, they probably pointed out that the syrupy Minnesota accents are too disgusting to stand for too long. Hawley was also aware of this. Even though he had a voice coach on set, he let the actors minimize any attempt to make him big The accent “became a cartoon after the movie,” he said. Allison Tolman, who played Police Commissioner Molly Solverson in season 1, said her accent was inspired by hearing a Midwestern character from the Howie Almond cartoon from the 1990s Bobby’s world.
7. FX felt they needed Billy Bob Thornton Fargo.
Oscar winner Thornton portrayed philosophical killer Lorne Malvo in season one, a casting move that FX President John Landgraf made mandatory for the show to find his booth. “We needed Billy Bob Thornton,” Landgraf told a television review panel in 2014, “but now the show, the title, the tone, the writing … is the star of this show.”
8. Bad hair is a Fargo Series tradition.
Jean Smart was cast in the second season as Floyd Gerhardt, the head of the matriarch of a group of hooligan sons. Born in 1979, Smart, 62, was asked to cut and dye her hair to look more matronly. “I burst into tears the first day they cut, dyed and styled my hair,” said Smart.
While Thornton had an equally unfortunate cut in season one, he seemed happier with it. “I have a bad haircut,” he told Collider in 2014. “We had planned to dye my hair and have a dark beard, but I wasn’t planning on having bangs. But instead of fixing them, I didn’t.” Fix it because I was looking at myself in the mirror and I was like, “Wait a minute, this is like 1967 LA Rock. I could be the bass player for Buffalo Springfield. It’s good. Or it’s the dark side of Ken Burns. ‘”
9. You have to watch Fargo just right to catch all of the Coen Brothers Easter eggs.
Hawleys Fargo is not just a tribute to the feature that inspired it; If you look closely, you’ll see dark clues about all of Coens’ filmography. One episode of the second season revolved around a placemat with a hula hoop, alluding to the 1994s The Hudsucker proxy;; the word ointment shown in both the film and the show as treatment for a bite wound or gunshot wound; a board advertisement for a Belarusian beverage special – a favorite from The Dude in The great Lebowski– can be seen behind Martin Freeman.
10. Record Fargo can be canceled if it gets too cold.
To mimic Minnesota’s frozen tundra in winter, producers ventured into Calgary’s frozen tundra in late 2013. The temperatures sometimes dropped to minus 30 degrees. On a particularly tough day, producers noticed that a cone of traffic was so frozen it broke when a wind blew through it and the temperature dropped to minus 40. They stopped the shooting for the rest of the afternoon.
11. The artificial snow continues Fargo can be irritating.
While there was a lot of real freezing, production couldn’t always rely on a steady stream of real snow. The show used a fake mix of shredded rice cakes which proved to be bothersome to the actors. it made her shoes so smooth that it was difficult to walk without slipping, and the inhalation irritated the bronchi.
12. Fargo, North Dakota was a little upset Fargo.
When the series announced that it would use the tax breaks for television productions in Canada, the city of Fargo in North Dakota sighed collectively in disappointment. “I was scared they’d want to shoot it in Canada,” said Charley Johnson, president of the city’s visitors’ office. The state doesn’t have a film commission offering financial breaks, but they do have a wood chopper in their tourist hub.
13. Bruce Campbell won the Ronald Reagan role on Fargo by mocking the former president.
Bruce Campbell believes that in season 2 he had to portray the then hopeful President Ronald Reagan by mocking him. He and executive producer John Cameron went to high school and kept in touch, which allowed Cameron to see Campbell make his version in the 1980s. “My kids grew up in a Reagan era, they were young in that decade, so we ridiculed him well,” Campbell said The Hollywood Reporter. “So it must have happened that John said, ‘OK. I’ve seen Bruce do Reagan for years,’ and I’m sure Noah Hawley was at least intrigued.”
14. Ewan McGregor faked the visitors Fargo.
In the third season, Ewan McGregor plays Emmit and Ray Stussy, two brothers with very different lifestyles. While Emmit is “the parking lot king of Minnesota” with a fortune to match, the schemer Ray went to seed with stringy hair and a belly. McGregor told Weekly entertainment When an auto mechanic came on set to discuss Ray’s Corvette, he had an hour’s chat with the actor while he was doing makeup for Ray. The next day he was introduced to McGregor (again) and had no idea that he had already spoken to him.
15. There is a detail in season 3 of Fargo You may not have noticed.
The fate of a main character in season 3 of Fargo should be relegated to a tiny office room. How small As Noah Hawley said The Hollywood ReporterThere were two yellow lines in front of each office entrance, indicating that they were barely larger than a parking lot. “Probably nobody noticed, but when you return to the Stussy Lots Limited offices outside each door you will see these two yellow lines on the floor [a] Parking lot, “said Hawley.” It’s kind of a joke that you can imagine going, “Oh, it’s funny! This is my parking lot office and this is your parking lot office and probably no one will notice, but it’s there for me because I think it’s my job to get it on the show so that it is part of the story. “
16. Chris Rock agreed to be there Fargo without reading a script.
According to Noah Hawley, Chris Rock has committed to starring in the show’s fourth season without seeing much on paper. Hawley called FX, explained the basic idea and showed an interest in casting rock. “Chris came on the set of[ofHawley’s2019film[ofHawley’s2019film[vonHawleysFilmvon2019[ofHawley’s2019filmLucy in heaven]two weeks later and I threw him that thing and luckily he was one Fargo Enthusiast and he was there, “said Hawley Weekly entertainment. “There was still no script for six months. I’ve never done it like this. There was always a script first.”
This story has been updated for 2020.