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