I have to admit, I’m pretty psyched for the TV adaptation of the Coen brothers classic 1996 film, “Fargo.” Not just because I am a huge fan of the original film, but also because I’m a huge fan of the Coens in general.
What I am also excited for is that one of my comedy heroes, Bob Odenkirk, will be not only in it, he plays a Bemidji cop in it as well.
Most probably know of Odenkirk as the criminal lawyer from “Breaking Bad.” I know this is going to really age me, but I remember him first from “The Ben Stiller Show” and most of my friends remember him from “Mr. Show with Bob and David.”
I will be interested to see Odenkirk play a Minnesotan, and kind of more interested in hearing if he will speak in that very pronounced Minnesota accent that made us Minnesotans sound like drunk Canadians in the film.
I remember when the film came out. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Then people started imitating the thick Minnesota accent on TV all the time. It got quite annoying. In fact, it got very annoying. I can understand how some people have negative feelings toward this film and probably toward the show, based on this piece of Minnesotan history.
Also, Key & Peele will be playing FBI agents hunting down Billy Bob Thornton’s antagonist character and supposedly they end up tracing the character to Bemidji. So, it will be interesting to see how the show will recreate Bemidji. Obviously, if they mess up how Paul and Babe look, there will probably be a lot of strongly worded letters about that.
So far, there is only some tidbits and rumors floating about the plot, so we will have to wait until April to see how “Fargo” looks on the small screen.