Labels: Fargo, Projects, Videos

Labels: Fargo, Projects, Videos

LOS ANGELES TIMES – Mary Elizabeth Winstead had come close to signing on for “Fargo” before, but scheduling conflicts prevented her from taking part in either of the first two seasons of FX’s celebrated anthology series.

“I was always pulling my hair out,” Winstead says while stopping by The Times’ video studio.

So when “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley called and asked if she’d be interested in a part for the show’s new season, Winstead accepted, sight unseen.

“I learned from watching the first two seasons that there’s no such thing as a bad part on this show,” Winstead says, adding that it’s the first time she has ever taken a part without first reading the script.

The role Hawley ended up giving her — Nikki Swango, a bubbly femme fatale and aspiring bridge champion — surprised Winstead, who was expecting something more along the lines of Allison Tolman’s sweet, smart police officer from Season 1. Instead, she was playing a woman with the know-how to use an air conditioning unit as a murder weapon and then brush it off by saying, “Life’s a journey.”

“What she does in the first episode is, like, ‘Whoa! This is a very interesting person with a complicated moral compass,’” Winstead says, laughing. “But she has this whole other side to her that’s very optimistic and beautiful and romantic.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Winstead talks about other ways the role has surprised her (she never expected “Fargo” to require trips to the gym … but then she didn’t know she’d be sharing a bathtub with costar Ewan McGregor, either), the bridge tournament research trip she took and why “bad-ass” women characters just seem to keep coming her way.

Labels: Fargo, Projects, Videos

Labels: Fargo, Projects, Videos

YAHOO – Ewan McGregor adds pounds and sheds his handsome exterior (and some hair) as Ray Stussy in the first look at Season 3 of “Fargo.” A 30-second teaser, released online on Monday, offers a glimpse at the cast and a just a spoonful of drama as Carrie Coon’s Sheriff Gloria Burgle spooks McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead into high-tailing it out of a simple country diner.

The teaser’s sole line, “Don’t forget your pie,” is uttered by a uniformed Coon to her son as a balding, pudgy, greasy McGregor and a smokey-eyed, leather and fur clad Winstead give each other pointed looks. They exit the linoleum-heavy diner to a snowy Fargo before McGregor’s Stussy opens the door to a slick vintage coupe for Winstead’s Nikki Swango.

Not much is known about the plot of the next season of Noah Hawley’s anthology series, and the trailer only teases a conflict between Stussy, Swango, and Burgle. Taking place in 2010, Year 3 places Stussy and his brother Emmit (also played by McGregor) at the head of the drama, and like previous seasons, any kind of bloody hijinks are possible.

Jim Gaffigan, David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scoot McNairy, Shea Whigham, Karan Soni, Fred Melamed, and Hamish Linklater round out the cast of “Fargo” Year 3, premiering April 19 on FX.

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