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'Fargo' premiere: Martin Freeman talks THAT scene

(This story features Martin Freeman talking about Tuesday’s episode of Fargo. Spoilers below!)

Aw, jeez — we didn’t see that coming.

Yes, Martin Freeman’s mild-mannered Lester Nygaard was in the middle of one very bad day when we met him in Fargo‘s premiere. And encountering a dangerous drifter like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) — while you’re in the hospital, thanks to your old high-school bully — would be enough to put anyone on edge. But even when Lester’s wife seethed, “You’re not a man, Lester. You’re not even half a man,” we didn’t think he’d kill her.

Freeman unleashed Lester’s frustration in a thrilling display of desperation and pent-up rage — then offered a glimpse at the insurance salesman’s potentially devious side when Lester concocted a plan to actually get away with murder.

We talked to Freeman about the scene and Lester’s motivations, as well as how a taste for sin changes this unlikely criminal. READ FULL STORY

Guillermo Del Toro's FX series 'The Strain' to have world premiere at ATX Television Festival -- EXCLUSIVE

The Austin-based ATX Television Festival (June 5-8), the first festival dedicated to the TV binger in all of us, announced Tuesday it would host the world premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s heavily anticipated FX drama series The Strain. FX Networks has partnered with ATX for closing night programming and will also present the eighth episode of its new critically acclaimed original series Fargo. READ FULL STORY

Billy Bob Thornton talks 'Fargo,' 'Entourage,' and why he'll never direct again

Billy Bob Thornton has played some devilish characters, but never one as frightening and fascinating as Fargo‘s Lorne Malvo. Malvo is a mysterious grim reaper of sorts who lives by a strict code of malevolence — one that has a way of rubbing off on the innocent souls around him. In the premiere of FX’s new series, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET, a chance encounter with pathetic pushover Lester Nygaard (Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman) leads to some very bad things in the small town of Bemidji, Minn. READ FULL STORY

Martin Freeman on why he normally would have turned down 'Fargo'

Martin Freeman prefers to be a bit of a drifter.

“It’s not like a life choice where I just want to live in a part forever,” the actor says of his preference for close-ended work. “That’s the joy of the job for me: In a little while, I’ll be playing somebody else with a different load of people.”

Between filming The Hobbit and Sherlock, Freeman had two stipulations for the next project he would take on: He didn’t want to do series television, and he didn’t want to travel far from his London home. Then he received the script for the FX drama Fargo, inspired by the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name. It ticked both boxes. And yet he soon found himself filming for five months in Alberta, Canada, starring in an American TV show.

“When I was sent the script for Fargo, Joe, my American agent, said, ‘I know it’s TV, but this is 10 episodes — it’s finite,’” Freeman recalls. “The reason I’ve never gone for pilot season even as a younger actor, and wouldn’t entertain that sort of thing now, is the idea of signing a piece of paper that binds me for six or seven years. So [Fargo] was already interesting. I read the script and that was enough for me. A very good script that only lasts 10 episodes was like, ‘Great! That’s right up my street.’” READ FULL STORY

Watch the first seven minutes of FX's 'Fargo' -- VIDEO

Aw, jeez – there’s trouble in Minnesota again. And FX is giving us a sneak peek of what’s brewing.

The network’s hotly anticipated new anthology series Fargo – a dark comedy inspired by the Academy Award-winning Coen brothers film of the same name — isn’t set to premiere until April 15. Thankfully, the network has released the first seven minutes of writer Noah Hawley’s adaptation of the cult hit, which features a new story and characters.

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FX's 'Fargo' teaser: Kate Walsh sings for her dead husband, Martin Freeman has quite the day -- VIDEO

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“Ya don’t say?” FX has released another teaser for its new limited series Fargo, inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film of the same name, and it looks just as full of ice, accents, and crime.

The preview begins with Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) — who plays insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, looking like he has been punched in the face — Billy Bob Thornton, who plays mysterious drifter Lorne Malvo, sitting together in a hospital waiting room. “What a day,” Lester says, in that classic Midwestern drawl. Among the clip’s highlights is Private Practice alum Kate Walsh, playing former stripper and mother Gina Hess, creepily smoking and singing with pleasure about her dead husband.

Though it’s unrelated to the film and features several new characters and plots, the TV series touches on the same core themes. Its cast also includes Colin Hanks as police deputy Gus Grimly, Oliver Platt as Stavros Milos, Adam Goldberg as Mr. Numbers, and Comedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as FBI partners Bill Budge and Webb Pepper, respectively. Check out the preview below: READ FULL STORY

FX's 'Fargo': First look at Billy Bob Thornton in action -- VIDEO

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Billy Bob Thornton is battling the Polar Vortex in a brand-new video from FX’s Fargo, which premieres April 15.

Thornton plays drifter Lorne Malvo in the adaptation of the 1996 Coen brothers classic. While Joel and Ethan Coen are back as executive producers, the 10-episode series has a new story and new characters. In addition to Thornton’s Lorne, there’s Colin Hanks as police deputy Gus Grimly and Martin Freeman as insurance agent Lester Nygaard.

In the new clip below, Thornton’s character embarks on his daily car-window scraping, as The Ames Brothers’ “It Only Hurts for a Little While” plays on the radio. But this isn’t just about removing ice and snow. As the FX caption below the video reads: “This April, Lorne Malvo has a few things to clear up.” READ FULL STORY

Bob Odenkirk joins FX's 'Fargo'

Need a Minnesota deputy? Better call Bob!

Comic-actor Bob Odenkirk has signed on to FX’s series version of the Coen Brothers film Fargo.

He’ll play Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman.

FX also announced Friday that Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton are also joining the cast. Platt (The Big C) will play “the Supermarket King of Minnesota,” Kate Walsh (Private Practice) will play a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys, and Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will portray an ambitious personal trainer. READ FULL STORY

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