With series two of the superb Fargo starting almost two months to the day away, showrunner Noah Hawley and the cast – which includes Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Jesse Plemons – hosted an audience with the Television Critics Of America last week to not only chat about the new series but also to get the publicity machine whirring into gear. There was some interesting stuff, not least from Dunst and Hawley. See what they had to say after the jump.
Dunst, who hasn’t been on television since she was a child actress, recalls the adjustment period:
TV is a lot harder than film. A lot harder. When I got the part, my friend Lizzy [Caplan], who is on Masters Of Sex, said, ‘Be sure to get [vitamin] B12 shots to get you through the week.’ I was like, ‘Really? That sounds very dramatic, Lizzy. By the third week I was all over the B12. It was one of the best roles I’ve ever played — the writing is spectacular — but by the end I was tapped out.
Dunst, who plays Peggy Blomquist, has made her name in Hollywood movies, so it’s not surprising she found the relentless schedule tough.
Meanwhile, showrunner Noah Hawley had this to say about series two AND three, reports IGN:
No, I don’t think there always has to be a Solverson. I think that it’s a big world with a lot of stories in it. The first year was set in 2006. It was boom time America, and it was a story about a peaceful place into which some villainy arrived that they weren’t prepared to deal with. This year is very different.”
[The ’70s have] been done a lot but not really in this region. The Midwest in the 70s hasn’t really been explored that much. It’s different culturally. You know, disco didn’t sweep the nation in the same way as it did on the coasts. These are still very hardworking people who, you know, just happen to be living in the ’70s. I didn’t just want the year to be the backdrop against which we told the story. I wanted to try to find a way to take the American experience at that moment and try to turn it into a crime story that really was evocative of that time.
The spectre of Ronald Reagan kind of hangs over the movie because it also hangs over this time period. This moment where, post-Watergate and post-Vietnam, the American narrative becomes so complicated. And the conspiracy did go all the way to the top. And, then, along came Reagan, and he said, ‘It’s not that complicated. We are Americans.’ And the country changed dramatically from the 70s to the 80s.
This all adds to the intrigue. We can’t wait for it to start.
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