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Interview with Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman of "Fargo" on
FX NETWORK: Fargo
June 11, 2014/10:00 a.m. PDT
Moderator: Welcome to the Fargo Conference Call. I would now
like to turn the conference over to our host, Allyson Barkan.
Allyson: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the Fargo Conference Call
with Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks. I'd like to thank
everyone for joining us today and remind you that this call
is for print purposes only and no audio may be used. Please
also limit your questions to the series only.
The final episode of Fargo airs next Tuesday at 10 p.m. only
on FX, and we kindly ask that all post-mortems and recaps
are held until 6 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 18th.
As always, we respectfully request that you do not post
spoilers pre-air to help protect the viewing experience of
With that said, let's go ahead and take our first question.
Moderator: We have a question from the line of Diana Price,
Reality Free TV. Please go ahead.
Diana: I know that Colin had mentioned that you guys had
become friends offset as well, and you obviously spend a lot
of time together on set. Do you find that you guys kind of
slip into your characters when you're off set or just going
out to eat or different things like that?
Allison: Like I order for both of us and things like that?
Allison: I donít think that we did.
Colin: No, not really.
Allison: Neither one of us are really all that much like our
characters, and I think both of us are actors who turn it
off pretty easily once we get off set. So, we were very
quickly after wrapping talking about where we were going to
go eat dinner. So, I think we could slip in and out of it
Colin: I personally donít want to know what Gus is like at
the dinner table too much. He already forgets to bring the
red sauce the one time and I think thatísóI've done enough
Gus at the dinner table in the show; I'm more interested in
what's really for food, what's really for dinner.
Diana: Well, Gus is a likeable character, but I can
understand why you might not want to slip into the cast
Moderator: Our next question is from the line of Liz Miller,
Indiewire. Go ahead.
Liz:The time jump that occurs in I believe it was Episode 8
is really fascinating, and I was wondering what was the
hardest part about jumping from where you guys were
initially, which is kind of a friendly relationship, to
being full-on married with a child on the way?
Colin: It wasnít very hard. It's all make-believe at the end
of the day. Allison and I obviously, we get along quite
well, and by that point, we had been spending quite a bit of
time together up there in Calgary. So, it really was kind of
effortless. It really wasnít a big change. We didnít really
need to approach it any different. I think really the only
thing that might have been difficult was the fake stomach
that Allison had to put on. Thatís probably the only
Allison: That was the only difference for me, yes, but it was
easy to slip into that kind of like domestic rhythm. It was
really easy and really fun, but I've never played pregnant
before other than like in a two-minute sketch for something.
So, that was the part that took the most work for me, but I
got into it pretty easily.
Liz:Were you sad that you didnít get to play many of your
earlier stages of your guys' relationship?
Allison: No. We said last nightówe had a similar question
last night, and I feel like we both think that getting past
that kind of bumbling stage for both of them, we stayed in
that stage for just long enough, and getting to skip past
courtship was kind of cool actually. It kind of missed how
painful that probably would have been between these two sort
of awkward people. So, I didnít miss it. I donít think Colin
Colin: No, I didnít. I thought that A, it was a fantastic
choice on Noah's part, and B, I think that the way that the
characters interacted obviously everyone was very much
rooting for Gus and Molly to get together, so I thought it
was really sort of a nice twist to let that be the sort of
courtship that the audience sees because the audience can
put everything else together, and they can imagine how the
logging festival went and so forth. So, I thought it was
really cool and it was nice to be able to just jump to the
good stuff, so to speak.
Moderator: Our next question is from the line of Kevin
McDonough, Universal Syndicate. Please go ahead.
Kevin: I guess I have a question for Allison. When did it
dawn on you how admired and sort of universally loved Molly
Allison: I think it's sort of steadily dawning on me. I've
never done this before. So, I wouldn't know what a hit felt
like anyway. So, luckily, my costars are able to be like
this is going really well. They are able to kind of clue me
into how big a deal this is, and then, we're lucky to live
in the age where I can get on the internet and I can see
what everybody is sort of chatting about and what they're
saying, and almost exclusively people really love this
character. So, yes, I think it's still on a week-to-week
basis is something thatís still kind of settling in.
Kevin: She's so self-facing and assertive in a way thatís
unique. Is there anyone in your life that you pattern her
on? She's interesting.
Colin: Herself because Allison is herself interesting.
Allison: I like to think there's parts of me in Molly. She
certainly is steadier than I am, I think, but I don't know.
I can't say that Iómy process is not to kind of like develop
a character and do a big back story and base it on someone,
etc. Like, I think that Molly is kind of who she was on the
page from the very beginning for me, and I'm not sure like
which people have gone into creating that character, but for
me, it was all in that pilot episode right from the
Kevin: Great, and Colin, you're great too. I didnít mean toó
Colin: Not at all. Donít worry about it.
Moderator: Our next question is from the line of Andrea
Morabito, New York Post. Go ahead.
Andrea: I have a question for Allison. In last night's
episode, we saw the FBI become interested in Molly's
detective work on the case and praised her and all of that.
How did it feel for you to have your character finally have
someone to listen to her and sort of praise her when Bill's
been telling her for the last year that she's crazy and
should stop talking about it?
Allison: It's so funny; I knew reading that scene how
important it was, but it didnít really occur to me until I
got to set that day like what a big deal that was, what a
pivotal scene it was, I mean until I got on set with Keegan
and Jordan and they were both like we're so excited we get
to play this scene, we're so excited we get to be the ones
who finally give her some recognition. I was like, I guess
you're right, this is reallyóthis is a big deal, and it's a
long time coming. So, that kind of drove it home and that
made that scene really fun to play.
And we premiered that episode at a festival in Austin this
past weekend, and so, we watched the episode in a big
theatre full of people and in that moment in the diner when
they start to kind of finallyóshe realizes that someone is
going to finally listen to her, this huge cheer came up in
the theatre, and I was like oh, thatís so cool. People are
really, reallyótheyíve been sort of suffering with Molly for
this whole time, and getting to see her have that
breakthrough was like so cathartic for all the fans. It was
Andrea: Yes, it was good to see her get that win. Colin, for
Gus, we've seen him go from being a cop at the beginning of
the series to now being a mailman based on a mistake he made
in the field. Are we going to getóis Gus going to get a
chance to redeem himself by the end of the season?
Colin: You mean within the next week? Possibly. Thatís me
trying to be as coy as possible.
Andrea: You're doing good at being coy. Thatís good.
Colin: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question is from the line of Rebecca
Murray, Showbiz Junkie.
Rebecca: I was wondering how far into shooting did you guys
actually learn there was going to be that one-year time jump
and what were your initial reactions to that script?
Colin: It was when we read the script. They didnít really say
much although I think one of the costumers let it slip that
there was going to be some sort of new twist. I wasnít quite
sure what it was.
Allison: We had an inkling because the crew heads get the
scripts before we do so they can start to plan for the next
thing. So, when they told me they wanted to cut ten inches
off my hair, I was like well, either she goes into a prison
camp or time is shifting somewhere. So, we hadóI think we
kind of had an idea, but we weren't sure until we actually
got that script. Is that right, Colin?
Colin: Yes. It was sort of there were whispers about it from
some of the department heads, and then, by the timeóonce
they released the script or read it, I thought it was great.
I thought it was really cool. I actually in a strange way, I
sort of feel that the reveal in this show is actually sort
of better than it was on the page, the way that Scott, the
director, sort of orchestrated that in the movement, and
when I read it, I thought thatís sweet, but when I saw it, I
just started laughing hysterically. That Fargo score comes
up to here is Gus delivering the mail in the most dramatic
fashion possible. I thought it was really great.
Rebecca: I just picture viewers like checking the clock at
that moment, like why are the credits rolling, what's
happening, it's only half an hour.
Colin: Yes, but there was also the other really interesting
touch which I hope it comes across in that episode, but that
scene with Molly coming home and Gus is asleep in bed; A,
that was one of our favorite scenes to shoot because it was
just pure behavior. It was really just a very sweet moment
that was played out and it wasnít rushed or anything like
that, but in the script, Noah said specifically in the
script if this feels like the end of the movie, it's
supposed to. This is supposed to feel like the end of our
journey of the show, and I guess maybe I'm wrong, Allison,
correct me if I'm wrong, but maybe even like the end of the
actual Fargo film as well, and I thought that that was a
really interesting twist, again, because the show has
consistently sort of toyed with throwing curve balls and
really throwing a lot of stuff at the audience and leaving
them sort of on edge and not quite sure what to expect next.
I thought it was really, really brilliant to be able to
throw this insane curve of just jumping forward and all of a
sudden seeing Gus and Molly together and Molly's pregnant
and Lester has moved on and he's got remarried so that it
really sets in motion these last two episodes.
Allison: That third act I think [indiscernible].
Colin: Yes, that third act, like what now is going to happen.
It just raised the stakes ten times higher.
Moderator: Our next question is from the line of Greg Staffa,
Your Entertainment. Go ahead.
Greg: Both of your performances are outstanding, and when us
critics look up the word chemistry in the dictionary,
there's a photo of Molly and Gus. I'm wondering your
thoughts on the use of the word chemistry to describe you
two and is the term overused or do actors feelódo you as
actors feel like hey, there is something unique here as
opposed to other things that we have done?
Allison: I think that Colin can probably speak to that more
than I can because he's done more work than I have, but we
didn'tóColin and I didnít read together. We hadnít met
before we got to the set. So, I think we got really lucky in
that way, and I think the producers got really lucky in that
way as well because we never did any chemistry reads or
Colin: Yes, it really was sort ofóit was a roll of the dice
for sure, but luckily, Allison and I, we had met each other
while we were shooting the first two episodes before Gus and
Molly had any scenes together. So, we had hung out quite a
bit. So, there was a comfort level there, which I think was
helpful in that first scene with Gus and Molly, but at the
end of the day, like really if you're working with someone
that is very easy to get along with, that makes you laugh,
that you have fun with, that is, I guess, for lack of a
better phrase, the real chemistry that is required, but it
is not necessarily totally 100% required because you can yet
at the same time act and pretend you have that chemistry,
but it comes so much easier when you really have it, and
Allison: is so great and so easy going and really just an
overall joy to be around that it just made the work seem so
much easier, and to be quite honest, the scenes were already
pretty easy between Gus and Molly because they were so well
written. So, it is really sort of as much as it's lucky for
the producers that we got along so well, we're probably
really the truly lucky ones because we got to work with
people thatóyou got to work opposite someone you really
Allison: I think that that actor's chemistry that you're
talking about where people just kind of get along and have
sort of are like-minded, that that would work towards any
relationship that you had to play. So, if we were enemies,
if we were brother and sister, if we were arch rivals, like
whatever, anything that you have to play on camera is going
to go better with somebody that you feel safe and
comfortable with, and so, I donít think that thatís
necessary to play a romantic relationship, but it certainly
helps to play anything where you're bouncing off another
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Kelly
Schremph, TV Rage. Go ahead.
Kelly: I know that you can't reveal much about the finale, so
without giving too much away, personally, were you both
satisfied with how it ends and how do you think fans will
Allison: I hope that fans will feel like the ending is
satisfying and makes sense but also that they didnít see it
coming. Like I think thatís always kind of the goal. I donít
want it to feel like that they knew this is how it was going
to end up, but I donít want them to feel like they were left
hanging at all.
For me, I think that the finale grew on me the more we
filmed it. When I read the final episode, I didnít like it
as much as I like it now, and after we got to play it and
after we kind of put all the pieces together, the more and
more right it felt as things went through as we sort of
continued filming, and now, I really love it. I think that
all the ends are tied up properly and everything is where it
Kelly: Colin, do you feel the same?
Colin: No, I feel the same way. Obviously, you spend quite a
bit of time sort of working towards a goal, and we all came
in knowing that there would be a beginning, middle and an
end to this, and so, you sort of build it up and in your
mind when you're working on it. Keep in mind we worked on
this for five, six months, so a little bit longer than those
watching, but the moreóreally along the lines with Allison:,
the more we shot it, the more we filmed it, I really think
that it comes to a pretty great conclusion that I hope is
satisfying to the viewers; thatís always the hope and you
donít want to alienate them, thatís for sure.
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Preston
Barta, North Texas Daily. Go ahead.
Preston: Molly and Gus' marriage seems to be working out
perfectly, like Lou and Greta seem to be really taking to
their new family and Gus likes his new job as a mailman.
There's like not much to complain about on their end. In
your opinion, what makes love last through its ups and
Colin: Well, it's a TV show.
Preston: Well, maybe from your own life.
Colin: It's a TV show, so hopefully they donít glean too much
from the TV show.
Allison: You're married, so you do it.
Colin: Me? Okay. In my experience, my own personal
experience, and I like to think that this is evidenced in
Gus and Molly's relationship, there is an honesty between
the two of them. They donít lie to each other. They donít
take each other for granted. They were honest with each
other from the very first moment that they met, and in my
experience, in my personal life, thatís been my cornerstone
to build everything on.
Allison: I think the more experiences you go through with a
person, just the more time you spend with them and the more
years you spend with someone, then you go through a parent
dying and moving and loss of a job and whatever, and the
case of these two characters, they go through quite a bit in
the first like three weeks that they know each other. He
shoots her. They have a lot to lean on kind of moving
forward, and I think obviously if we look at the timeline of
a year later and she's that pregnant, they moved pretty
quickly. So, I think that first setting up that first date
is a big deal for both of them. I donít think that these are
people who screw around, and when they know they know, so
them deciding to go on this date together is kind of like
well, we're probably going to get married, and then, they
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Natan
Edelsburg, Lost Remote.
Natan: We cover how social media is affecting television. I
was curious what is the reaction that youíve seen on
Twitter. I know you're both on Twitter. I'd be curious to
hear now that you have this audience of fans, how have they
reacted, have you seen lots of new followers and what's the
reaction to the show been like on social media.
Allison: Overwhelmingly, it's been a positive for the most
part. There's always some complainers and there's always
some just trolls. That just happens, but as far as like
actual human beings who are actually watching the show and
giving us actual feedback, I think that it's been
overwhelmingly positive, and it has a really great really
loyal fan base.
Colin: Yes, it's been pretty surreal to see how many people
have really liked the show and have been vocal about it.
Ironically, I remember I joined Twitter because I was on a
TV show that wasnít sort ofóit was okay received, but it was
a way to sort of get the word out that the show was on and
sort of as a little bit of a pick-me-up as well to hear that
people actually really did love the show and really dig it,
and normally, I'm used to people Tweeting me about movies
from ten years ago or something like that. So, it's nice to
sort of know that come Tuesday night, we sort of get this
instant feedback from actual fans that watch the show from
all over the world. It's really cool.
Allison: We get it again on Sundays when they show it in the
Colin: Exactly. I'm very, very cognizant of the fact that the
UK gets it on Sunday. I try to make sure everybody keeps the
spoilers down for that week for the people in the UK, but
no, look, not to sound like a broken record or an echo
chamber, but thatís really the sort of amazing thing about
social media these days is that you can have that sort of
instant word of mouth, so to speak, that used to take longer
for it to sort of crawl out, but now, it's pretty immediate,
sometimes even as the show is going on, which is pretty
great, and the fact that it has been so positive is
justóit's really nice.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Ernie
Estrella, BuzzFocus.com. Go ahead, please.
Ernie: I wanted to askómy first question is for Allison. I've
been through the finale, so it's spectacular, and I wanted
to say that Gus is kind of one last hurdle as kind of the
manhunt kind of escalates. Can you talk about Gus being kind
of the final hurdle that kind of holds him back, holds her
back but at the same time with good intentions?
Allison: Without spoiling anything for anybody who hasnít
seen the finale, Molly is super pregnant, and you can
obviously tell that this is going to come down to some final
showdown of one kind or another in the finale. So, we do get
the satisfaction of that, but Molly's extreme pregnancy is I
think also a huge hurdle for her, and then also, not just
Gus but also her dad, there's a lot of people who are really
worried about her involvement and not just her involvement
but her determination to sort of see this thing through to
So, that was interesting to play, and for me, as an actress,
it was difficult for me to kind of like come to grips with
it after spending all of these months with Molly pursuing
and pursuing and pursuing to kind of come to grips with the
fact that she now had these limitations both physically and
also just with obligations to the people around her, but I
feel thatóultimately, I feel like the series ends up the way
that it's supposed to and everyone ends up happy and
fulfilled in the ways that they're supposed to be.
Ernie: Okay. For Colin, just as one of the few characters who
I've seen kind of in that role of being an enforcement
character who really does contemplate about the potential
consequences of his actions where you typically see cops or
agents just barge in, can you talk about maybe kind of doing
something that was against the grain?
Colin: Well, I think you're always trying to find new turf as
an actor to veer into and explore, and from the very first
scene in the pilot, here was a character that obviously is
out of his depth, out of his element, and is acutely aware
of it and has that self-awareness and knows that his actions
have consequences, and in the pilot, it's very obvious that
he makes the wrong decision but for personally at least, the
right reasons, which is to protect his family, and that
obviously doesnít change throughout the course of the season
all the way up to the finale, but look, I think that Gus
obviouslyóhe says as much in the whiteout episode. He didnít
necessarily want to be a cop. He had this other sort of
thing that he wanted to do, but he needed to provide for his
daughter, for Greta, so he took the best job that he could,
but he always looked at it more as sort of a community
service almost as opposed to enforcing the law, and so, yes,
I think Gus definitely does have thisóhe does know that
whatever he does, it needs to be for the right reasons and
he knows that all of his actions have very serious
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Kara
Howland at TV Goodness. Go ahead.
Kara So, it's been really fun to watch your scenes together,
but I think I'm going to put you on the spot a little bit
and ask about your favorite scenes or moments with other
actors on the show.
Allison: Well, I think I've been pretty vocal about my
favorite scene overall to play being the bedroom scene that
we got to play in last week's episode, but as far as other
people, I think anytime I got to be on camera with Bob
Odenkirk was a joy, and the relationship between those two
characters really evolved from the beginning when he's just
kind of like a thorn in her paw all the way through to the
finale, and I think my favorite scene with Bob is actually
coming up next week, and Bob is such a fantastic comedian,
but he's also just a really tremendous actor and kind of
getting to watch him sort of take off the clown makeup and
really just play a really honest scene which we'll see next
week was really a treat for me.
Colin: Allison, is there any way you can stretch out your
answer a little bit more because I'm wracking my brain
trying to come up with an answer?
Allison: All of his favorite scenesÖ
Colin: I donít reallyóI can't really think of a specific one
to be quite honest. With two kids, anytime I come home from
work, work sort of fades into the distance, and I donít
remember too much of it. It's really nice that I'm an actor
so I can watch it so I can remember what I did, but really
overall, there are so many great moments in this show that
it's kind of a selfish choice, I can't really pick one.
Allison: I think I remember you telling me even when we first
started hanging out that you felt really like your first
scene that you played with Billy Bob in the very, very
beginning, your scene at the end of the pilot was kind of
like [indiscernible] but filming it was like unique for the
two of you guys.
Colin: Yes, the filming of it was unique because we shot it
over two nights, and Billy Bob couldnít be there for one of
the nights so that was interesting, but I think a lot of
theóone of the scenes that I guess maybe pops out was
ironically much like the scene with Billy Bob was also one
of the scenes from my audition was with Peter who plays
Lieutenant Schmidt, so it's when Gus goes into the bathroom
and has to have that scene where he sort of has to fess up.
That was a fun scene to shoot, but a lot of times, there
will be scenes you shoot you donít really think much of it
and then you see it and it takes on a totally different
meaning, and that scene with Gus and Greta at his desk at
the office where he sort of admits to her that he did
something wrong and she suggests going down to Bemidji and
doing it in person. That was a scene I really didnít think
much of when we shot it. I thought about it, I did the
homework, so to speak, I didnít walk away going yes, that
was a great scene, but when I saw it, it had this different
vibe to it than I remembered. So, it's different every time.
You never really know. If you need a short sound bite, all
of my other scenes with Allison.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Chen
Hadad. Go ahead.
Chen: I wanted to ask about how Warren Littlefield said that
the idea of the show is to demonstrate the best of who we
are and the worst of who we are, and I was wondering do you
feel that the worst, which is the darkness of Billy Bob
Thornton [indiscernible] character is being balanced by
Molly and Gus' optimism?
Colin: Yes, I think so. I think that would be a fair thing to
say, yes, for sure.
Allison: I certainly hope we're keeping it well balanced.
Otherwise, I think the show could be pretty unbearable to
watch. Even though Billy Bob's character is fun to watch,
he's a really fun villain, he's also a really terrible
person. So, you kind of need a little sweetness and light in
there to make it bearable to watch ten hours of something.
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Tatiana
Craine, City Pages. Go ahead.
Tatiana: So, the shootout in the snow scene was a really,
really great suspenseful scene. Can you both describe what
it was like filming that?
Allison: The blizzard, the whiteout scene?
Allison: Yes, we filmed that in a place about 40 minutes
outside of Calgary called High River, which ironically had
been flooded the year before, so it was a little bit of a
ghost town over in that area because a lot of people had
moved out while things were still being repaired. So, it was
quite cold. We had snow on the ground. We had a lot of snow
cover, but we didnít have any snow falling. So, we had giant
fans and just boxes and boxes and boxes of this fake snow
that they were kind of blowing around at us.
I just remember it being very, very cold that day and having
to sort of take my gloves off so that I could hold my gun
and thinking why did I choose these really thick wool gloves
all these weeks ago? Why [indiscernible] which gloves were
my Molly gloves? But yes, we had quite a bit of this fake
snow that we used, but that beautiful kind of like blurry
really like whiteout blizzard effect is a lot of that came
in post with John Ross our VFX guy.
Colin: Yes, that was not a fun sequence to shoot.
Colin: It was very cold. There's the fake snow obviously.
Allison: Running on ice.
Colin: Running on ice obviously.
Allison: [indiscernible] boards.
Colin: We had to take the gloves off as well. That was
definitely some of the coldest weather in so much as they
had these gigantic fans. So, we had our own personal
wind-chill on camera, which was not fun. Then, I actually
had to reshoot some stuff, some close-up stuff that we were
not able to get on the day.
Colin: No, months later. Yes, months later at the police set,
we shot close-ups. So, that was weird too. Obviously, when
you read that it's basically these scenes that take place
during a blizzard, you just know that thatís going to be a
hard day, thatís not going to be a lot of fun to shoot, but
you just try and do your best and hope that special effects
Allison: It certainly did. I think it turned out awesome,
better than I could ever have imagined.
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Maj
Canton, TV Tango. Go ahead.
Maj: Because it's such a brilliant show, will it be coming
back? Have you heard anything about renewal and will your
characters possibly be coming back?
Allison: Well, I can say that without giving any spoilers
that if we have a second season or a second installment in
the anthology, theyíve talked about skipping around in time
either backwards or forwards, so we could be back or we
could not be back. It's just depending upon what they want
to do and if they want to go forward or backwards in time,
but I know unless Colin is privy to information that he
hasnít told me yet, in which he'd be in big trouble for, we
donít know anything yet. We're not certain about anything if
they're going to do another season, when it would start,
what it would entail, if we would be in it, like we just
kind of are in the dark as much as anyone else.
Colin: Yes, they havenít really said either way what they're
going to do, but Noah was pretty adamant that if we were
lucky enough to be in that position that obviously the story
would have to come first and I totally respect Noah to the
utmost degree that he would come up with the most engaging
second season of Fargo that he possibly could and whether
Gus is involved in that or not is out of my control, but
regardless, if he calls saying hey do you want to come back,
I'd be there in a heartbeat.
Maj: I have another question. How much is your character
defined by your last names, by your character names? If you
look at the cast's last names, Molly Solverson, Grimley,
Malvo, Nygaard, was that intentional oró
Allison: Absolutely. Noah is a precise man. So, I think he
just had a lot of fun with those names, and this is a world
where people speak in riddles and they talk in parables and
it's kind ofóit's not real Bemidji. It's not real Minnesota.
It's our version of Minnesota. It's our version of Bemidji,
and in this kind of world that he's created, I think that
it's really fun that he's chosen that some of these
characters that have these really illustrative last names.
Colin: I personally paid no attention to the last names of
Allison: Do you even know my character's last name?
Colin: I think it's likeó
Colin: Solvey McMystery, or is it like Puzzlesonderson? I'm
trying to quickly think of the opposite of solve, but I
can't. I need a thesaurus I guess.
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Earl
Dittman. Go ahead.
Earl: We had the same Keith Carradine throughout the season,
and in the final episode, we get to see him do a lot really
some great scenes with you all. Can you all talk a little
bit about working with him throughout the season especially
toward the end?
Allison: Keith is one of the nicest men that I've ever met,
and for someone who has been doing this for a long, long,
long, long time and certainly could beóI think certainly
would have earned the right to sort of like sit in his
trailer and skip rehearsals and then just kind of like roll
on set and do one take and then walk off, he is just one of
the nicest men that I've ever met. And then, on top of that
is justóI think he's so fantastic at channeling Lou and
channeling this sort of gruff affection that I think really
comes across. You're right, he's got great scenes in the
finale with everybody. I think he's got really, really nice
scenes. So, yes, I neveróit was easy. Every scene I got to
play with Keith was just easy, easy.
Colin: Keith has been around a long time and nothing sort of
really rattles him, and not only is he a great person to
work with, to act opposite with, but he's great to just hang
with, and the three of us had some dinners together and he's
full of stories and just an overall just really fabulous,
fun, exciting, vibrant guy.
Allison: He does have the best stories, really good stories.
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Melissa
Giramonte with Televixen.
Melissa Allison, I actually wanted to ask youóI was at the
screening in Austin on Saturday night, and I just wanted to
know if perhaps you could comment on the kind of the
communal experience of watching an episode of this series on
a big screen and seeing people's reactions in real time, in
Allison: I love it. I got to see the pilot that way at the
premiere and then I watched the pilot again at like a
premiere party with just my friends in Chicago and then
again this weekend. I would watch every episode that way if
I could. It is so fun and so interesting to see like howóto
read the energy from a room full of people and to see where
the laughs are and what makes them gasp and what makes
people kind of cry out in horror. I think just the energy
from that room was so fantastic and I would love to just be
a fly on the wall in a viewing and get to see how people
react to that kind of thing.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Kevin
McDonough, Universal Syndicate.
Kevin: I've always been struck by Greta and her sort of
wiser-than-her-years' presence. I feel protective to Molly
but I feel even more protective when I watch the show for
Greta. It always seems like something grim is going to
happen to her. What's it like to work with her?
Allison: Well, I think thatís partly that that character is
written very wisely, and part of that is just Joey who is
like a really, really smart, sort of self-sufficient, very
like confident young woman that I think is perfectly cast in
this role of this young girl who kind of takes care of her
dad, and you got to work with Joey more than I did, but I
think she was awesome and she's super fun to be around when
the cameras aren't rolling as well.
Colin: Allison is spot on. The character is very much written
that way, but thatís very much who Joey is. She's incredibly
confident, sure of herself, comfortable at all times.
Allison: Funny, she's super funny.
Colin: And really funny. She has a razor-sharp wit. So,
thatísóagain, I think it's one of the great things that Noah
did is you only hear her in that first sceneóin Gus' first
scene, you only hear her on the walkie but you instantly
sort of fall in love with her, and her energy, and then, Gus
does everything he can to protect her obviously and then you
meet her and you just go oh, this is the coolest kid in the
world. You hope your kids are as cool as Greta Grimley, and
with a name like that, she better be cool, dang it, but Joey
is the best. She's awesome.
Kevin: She wasnít even born when the movie was made. I was
like oh boy.
Colin: Is that true?
Allison: Thatís true. We're old.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Greg
Staffa, Your Entertainment. Go ahead.
Greg: A lot of the fans of the show kind of get emotionally
invested and we're all eager if there's going to be a season
two and we all kind of fall in love with Molly and Gus, and
I'm wondering as actors and actresses, what's the takeaway
from you guys? When you're done filming in a week, for the
most part it's over except for the DVD promotions and stuff
like that, is there a takeaway that you bring with you for
the next show that you do or the next project, or what do
you take away from it that might be a little insight to us
fans or is there anything?
Allison: Unfortunately and fortunately for me, I'll compare
every project I do moving forward to Fargo.
Colin: Thatís going to be hard.
Allison: Difficult because it's reallyóI can't begin to tell
people what an awesome experience this was and what a love
project it was for so many people, how amazing our crew was,
how lucky we were to go to work every single day and for me
to meet these people that I know will be in my life for the
rest of my life. So, my heart is breaking. I'm so sad for
the series to be over for us to kind of wrap it up and put a
bow on it is going to be really hard and really sad, but I
know how lucky I am to have been a part of this at all and
to have it have been my first project is just such a
Colin: I think for me having been on a couple of TV shows and
been doing this for a while, the reception that it's got,
the quality of the show, the quality of the people that we
made the show with, all of that was pretty evident while we
were making it and while it's being aired, so I'm just
enjoying it as much as I can and trying to experience as
much of it as I can because it's not always like this and
I'm sure I probably sounded like a grumpy grandpa to Allison
a few times saying like really just sort of take all this in
as much as you can because, A, it's very rarely like this,
but more importantly, it'll never be like this again because
it's your first show.
So, for me, it's been great. It's been a lot of fun. It's
been challenging, but it's overall been a very, very
positive experience, but now that the show is coming to an
end, it's time to sort of put that to bed and move onto the
next thing and try with all of my might and power not to
compare the two because everyone is different, everyone is
its ownóevery project is its own thing.
Moderator: The next question is from Preston Barta, North
Texas Daily. Go ahead.
Preston: One of the reasons why I love this show so much is I
feel like it plays like a great piece of literature. It's
like filled with all these symbols and riddles like Allison
mentioned earlier. Itís not like one of those shows thatís
just for pure entertainment, like one of those shows that
you re-watch and study, and like there's all these symbols
and there's one that really stood out to me in the finale
with the wolf, and I'm curious when you initially read the
script for all the episodes, was there anything that you
kind of questioned Noah about that you were kind of confused
and it ended up being like a symbol for something to like
foreshadow or something like that?
Allison: I donít think so, not for me. I know as I got each
script I had a lot of fun. If I didnít already know what the
parable was, what the title of the episode was in reference
to, I had fun looking that up and then figuring out how the
two fit together because he had a lot of fun naming these
episodes after these sort of parables and riddles and
paradoxes and things like that. So, that was, for me, that
was really fun, but I had Google, so I didn't have to ask
Preston: Why ask Noah when you have Google?
Allison: Why ask the writer when you can ask Wikipedia?
Colin: I never asked Noah about the titles. In fact, the
majority of them, I donít even know what they mean to this
day, but along the lines of the sort of the way that Noah
writes, for us, as actors, our first experience with these
shows is reading it, and you always want that experience to
have that same excitement and that same sort of energy and
tension and you want to have a connection to it the moment
you read it, and Noah, the way that he writes, not just his
dialogue but the scene descriptions, things like that, are
so nuanced that it is kind of like reading a novel, and I
enjoyed sitting down and reading each script, which again,
doesnít happen very often. A lot of times you just read it
and you just go thatís going to be hard to shoot, why does
he say this, why is he doing this, but when you sat down and
read a Fargo script, thatís what you were solely focused on
and it was engaging and exciting and I would read it pretty
dang fast, which is always a good sign.
So, I think that the great thing, like you said, about the
shows is you can sit down there and analyzeóyou can sit down
with the show and analyze it and peel it apart like an onion
and it would get richer and richer the deeper you go, and I
think that makesóobviously thatís good writing first and
foremost, but clearly, that makes for really engaging
Moderator: There are no further questions at this time.
Allyson: Thanks so much to everyone for joining us today and
especially Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks. We greatly
appreciate your time. As a reminder, the miniseries finale
of Fargo airs next Tuesday, June 17th at 10 p.m. on FX. You
may now disconnect.
Moderator: That does conclude our conference for today. Thank
you for your participation and for using AT&T Executive
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