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By Suzanne

Interview with Billy Bob Thorton of "Fargo" on FX 6/13/14

Final Transcript
FX NETWORK: Fargo
June 13, 2014/10:00 a.m. PDT

SPEAKERS
Allyson Barkan
Billy Bob Thorton

PRESENTATION

Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, weíd like to thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Fargo teleconference call. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later weíll conduct a question and answer session with instructions being given at that time.

(Operator instructions.) As a reminder todayís conference call will be recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host and your facilitator, Ms. Allyson Barkan. Please go ahead, maíam.

Allyson: Hello and welcome to the Fargo conference call with Billy Bob Thornton. Iíd like to thank everyone for joining us today and remind you that this call is for print purposes only. No audio may be used. The final episode of Fargo airs this upcoming Tuesday at 10 p.m. only on FX, and we kindly ask that all post mortems and recaps are held until after the episode has fully aired.

We also ask that all interview pieces or recaps that include interviews be 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 for our audience.

With that said, letís go ahead and take our first question.

Moderator: Our first question will come from the line of Jamie Ruby. Please state your media outlet followed by your question.

Jamie: ófor talking to us today. Hello?

Billy Bob: Hello.

Jamie: Can you hear me? Sorry, hello.

Billy Bob: Hello.

Jamie: Thanks for talking to us today. Can you talk about obviously throughout the series Malvo has killed a lot of people and youíve had a lot of shooting scenes and blood and all that to work with, can you talk about the logistics of doing those kinds of scenes?

Billy Bob: First of all Iíve been doing this for 30-something years, so you get used to it, although this time Iím the giver rather than the receiver most of the time, but we have really good technical people. The crew up there in Calgary was very good and the stunt people, everybody, they were really, really terrific, so we couldnít have asked for more help.

What you want to do is you want to try to stay in a world of reality as much as possible, so you donít try to ever think of it as fake blood or anything like that. You just want to stay inside the scene as if youíre really doing this stuff, and I guess thatís the main trick is just keeping your head on straight and never getting outside of the scene. Itís just like having a camera in front of you; youíre supposed to not know itís there. And thatís why I never quite understood when actors donít want someone in their eyeline because if youíre really in the scene, youíve already got a camera operator, a boom guy, and a camera assistant and all these people in front of you. So Iíve never understood the difference between 5 or 6 people in front of you and 13 people in front of you. I think the main thing as an actor is you just have to try to ignore anything else and just do things as if youíre doing it.

Jamie: Great. Just out of curiosity in your opinion in the last episode, like I said it was actually the end of the episode before, but if Lester had walked away, do you think Malvo would have left him alone, or do you think he would eventually come after him anyway?

Billy Bob: I think Malvo is kind of like a cat with a mouse. Iím not sureóI think the temptation would have probably been too great. Iím not sure he could have left him alone. It is, ďAre you kidding me here? We are in the same place in Las Vegas; Iíve got to do something about this.Ē Plus this whole thing is more like aóMalvo is almost like God and the devil wrapped into one and I think these things were just going to happen. Do you know what I mean? I think a lot of this is about faith. You always think about if Iíd only gotten on my motorcycle two minutes later, then I wouldnít have hit that deer or whatever it is. Malvo is kind of the spirit that makes all those things happen, sort of lines up peopleís faith for them.

Jamie: I really love the show, so thank you.

Billy Bob: Thank you so much.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Scott King. Please state your media outlet followed by your question. (Operator instructions.) Please go ahead, Mr. King.

Scott: Hello, Billy Bob.

Billy Bob: Hello.

Scott: This is Scott King from ChicagoNow. In my opinion you could say that Malvo is as sinister as he is mysterious. You donít know where he came from; you donít know what he did before. Can you just talk about your approach in playing a guy like that, what his wants are? Can you give him a back story and what do you think makes him tick?

Billy Bob: I think itís probably the only character Iíve ever played, frankly, that has noónot only a conscious, but he has no back story in the story. So I chose to not think about that because Malvo, heís an animal and animals are eating machines. I thought if I come up with a back story and itís like his father locked him in a shed when he was little or something, that might cause too much emotion for the character. It might give me too many reasons to do things and I didnít want to do that, so itís the first time Iíve ever not had a back story in my head or otherwise.

Malvo is all about he has a job to do and whatever he has to do to do it, thatís what he does and he has supreme confidence. He doesnít think about failure and heís not afraid of anything and I was afraid that a back story might mess with that a little bit.

Scott: Also youíre a guy who gets on both sides of the camera. How do you see technology and the internet affecting film and television?

Billy Bob: I try to ignore the technology as much as I can when Iím playing a role. I try to stay in the snow or the trees and with the people more so. I try not to think about the technology whatsoever. I think in some ways technology has really helped us, but I wish it would be relegated to the medical field and business and stuff like that rather than art, to tell you the truth. I see a day coming when weíre not going to be using film anymore at all. Iím not sure why we need to see every pimple, but thatís the way it is now and I just try to ignore it as much as possible.

Scott: Thank you. You were great on Normís podcast, too.

Billy Bob: Thanks. I love Norm. I think heís great.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Andrea Morabito of the New York Post. Please go ahead.

Andrea: Hello, thanks for taking the call. So Iím curious to hear, Billy Bob, were you satisfied with the ending of the finale that fans are going to get to see on Tuesday and the end of the story arc for Malvo? And then how would you tease that finale episode without giving too much away for the fans?

Billy Bob: Itís the kind of show where you canít even tease at all really, but in terms of the arc of not only my character, but everyoneís, I think people will be very satisfied. I think Noah wrote a terrific ten-hour movie. It really has a beginning, a middle, and an end and that was one of the things that appealed to me about it. Itís just very well thought-out and I was very happy with it. I havenít seen the last episode myself. I watch them the way the public watches them. Every Tuesday night I just watch it, so the thing is is since itís an ensemble cast like it is, youíre not always there when the other people are doing their thing, so itís kind of like watching it fresh for me.

We shot it like a movie, so we shot it in two episode blocks, so you might be doing episode six and seven or whatever it is, five and six, whatever. You may shoot two scenes from five on one day and one from six on the same day; so itís shot kind of like a movie in that sense. Things were out of order enough to where I canít remember it all, so itís really nice to be able to watch it just as an audience member each week.

Andrea: When you read it, were you surprised by the ending? Was it something you saw coming? Or was it completely out of left field for you?

Billy Bob: Itís not tricky so much. We kind of have known all along that Iím the devil in it and itís kind of the way Hitchcock did things. He always thought it was scarier when you knew from the opening frame thatís the bad guy; that way the audience is afraid every time heís around, so itís not like the butler did it or something like that. Iíll just say itís a very well thought-out series and very well-rounded and I think each character does have an arc and an A, B, and C.

Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Our next question will come from the line of Mr. Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald. Please go ahead.

Eric: Hello there. Thereís been lots of chatter about a second season. Would you like to see that even if you werenít necessarily involved? Would you like to see this tone continue on for another series of episodes?

Billy Bob: Oh sure. As an audience member Iíd love to see it. Our particular ten hours was designed as one story, so it does have a beginning, middle and an end. And if they did do another one, it would be a new story with some new characters and that kind of thing, but absolutely I would love to see it.

Iíve really enjoyed watching it frankly, and itís kind of hard to watch things youíre in normally. But this was pretty easy to watch because after youíve done ten episodes of something, you canít really remember everything that youíve already done, so itís been very fresh for me.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Mr. Greg Staffa of Your Entertainment. Please go ahead.

Greg: Thanks for taking our questions today, Mr. Thorton. As a fan of the series, we fell in love with the Fargo characters and as critics we often use the term chemistry or say things like, ďBrilliant performance! Billy Bob Thornton plays his most complex character yet.Ē Iím wondering in your opinion as an actor are words and terms like those to describe performances overused, or do you actually feel a sense of something going on while youíre filming it compared to maybe something else you may have filmed?

Billy Bob: I think you generally get a sense when youíre filming something if youíre doing a good job or if the thing is good; I think you do get a sense of that. What you donít get a sense of is how people are going to react to it. So in other words, Iíve done things before that I thought were okay and people think theyíre amazing. And Iíve done things that I thought were amazing and people donít get it. So you donít always know how people are going to react to it.

But I think you do get a pretty good sense of if youíve done your job and if itís got that vibe. It would probably be comparable to like being in a band or something and youíre doing a concert and some nights youíre on and some nights youíre not.

This show in particular really felt like we were on, so yes, we could tell. It was, I donít want to say easy, but I think the writing was so good and itís based on such a classic thing and that tone had already been set by the Coen brothers. We all had a groove to fall into, so yes, I think we really felt we were up to something.

In terms of what people use in the press, all the words and compliments and everything, one of the ones that bothers me is when they always say something is award-worthy, because that sounds like theyíre saying other peopleís stuff wasnít worthy. Itís kind ofóI donít know, sounds a little dehumanizing or something like that. I think in terms of when people are picked out for awards and they start talking, that depends on the machine behind you. You can make a movie for $2 million that doesnít get a distributor; nobody sees it. Those donít have a chance and maybe theyíre just as good as the one that had a machine behind it and got all the right things lined up, all the right press lined up or whatever.

I guess the most you can hope for is that you get to be in good quality projects and know that you did your job and then after that, you decide to leave it up to fate or whatever and just see what happens. This one felt good during the process.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Mr. Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times. Please go ahead.

Dave: Hello, thank you very much for taking this call. I actually want you to talk a little bit about Malvoís physicality. In some shots he reminds me more than anything of the film character Nosferatu. I donít know if thatís his code or how youíre holding yourself when you play him. Is that something you thought about? To me, itís a big part of his menace is how he appears when heís not talking.

Billy Bob: Thatís a very good question and no one else has compared Malvo to Nosferatu, but thatís pretty good, I like that. I think a lot of that is just because after years and years of injuries and weighing 140 pounds, I look like Homer Simpsonís boss to start with, my physicality, so some of it is just natural. But I did choose to be very sort of slinky and sort ofóI just sort of appear from places.

I did choose to be very quiet, but not like purposely menacing like the guy who twirls his moustache. Malvo even acts like heís a pal to people sometimes, especially Lester. That was conscious to make him not the typical bad guy, who screams a lot and grits his teeth and grabs people by the collar. That was a conscious choice.

Moderator: The next question will come from the line of Ms. Diana Price with RealityFreeTV. Please go ahead.

Diana: Thanks so much for taking our call today. Iíve been a fan of your work since One False Move, which was also kind of a bad character.

Billy Bob: Yes, Iíve played a couple of them.

Diane Youíve done some amazing writing work for the screen. I was wondering did you ever have the urge to get in there with Noah in the creative process, or were you glad to turn that over to someone else for this project? Would you maybe consider trying to write a short run TV series in the future after this experience?

Billy Bob: First of all it was so well written; it was just like when Iíve worked with the Coen brothers in the past. I tend to be kind of an improvisational actor, but in this case it was so well written that I pretty much stuck to what Noah wrote. I had ideas every now and then, but they were generally less about dialog and things like that and more about how about I donít go in a room right away or just little things like that here and there. Actors always have some kind of suggestion, so little stuff like that. But for the most part I just stuck to what Noah wrote.

I think something thatís been overlooked a little bit throughout our press for this show thereís been a lot of talk about how weíve created a whole new animal, even though itís based on the movie. The Coen brothers didnít write any of it. Itís been just our thing and its own show and all we took from Fargo was the snow and the general idea. But something that I think has been overlooked a little bit and not talked about enough is that if it werenít for Joel and Ethan Coen, we wouldnít be here. They created a whole new genre practically for movies. Itís not that nobody else had that dark sense of humor and nobody else had thought about these kinds of things in their mind before. Otherwise the Coen brothers wouldnít have any fans, but all those people who had that sensibility, they hadnít done it yet. The Coen brothers are the first to do it.

Itís like there might not be a Will Ferrell without a Steve Martin if you know what Iím saying, so I think more credit needs to be given to Joel and Ethan for starting this ball rolling. Theyíre the ones who really created this world and I just have to say that because I think sometimes thatís overlooked, that we wouldnít be here if it werenít for them. They set this tone and deserve the credit for us even having this show.

In terms of writing on myself, I donít know. Iíve never written anything over movie length, so I donít know if Iíd be any good at it or not, but I certainly think thatís the future. I think this short-run television thing, whether itís a three episode mini-series like Costner did with the Hatfields and McCoys, or a ten episode thing like ours. These are like movies, extended movies, and I think itís a great world to be in and I certainly have thought about it. Whether Iíd be any good at creating one or writing it, I donít know, but I certainly would love to be involved in another one if itís of this quality.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Ms. Angela Dawson of Front Row Features. Please go ahead.

Angela Thank you. Hello, Billy Bob. I donít know if you can hear me.

Billy Bob: Yes.

Angela You can, okay, Iím sorry. I just heard no sound at all. Anyhow I just wanted to ask you as a southern gentleman yourself, how was it working up in Calgary? I donít know if you were there for the entire six months, but I know it was shot over a six month period. How did you cope with the extreme cold conditions and did you go any place afterwards to defrost?

Billy Bob: I live in Los Angeles, so yes, I definitely came home and defrosted, thereís no question about it. We really loved shooting in Calgary. Itís a great city and the people are terrific there. The crew was great and the people in western Canada really remind me of home folks a lot, so itís very comfortable.

The weather however was miserable. Even the Canadian crew said that was the worst winter theyíd had in years and years. What was funny about it sometimes is the fact that the Canadian crew sometimes when weíd get to work and they would all be happy because it was four. And we said no, no, you donít understand something thatís winter to us, so four doesnít mean anything to us.

But I really enjoyed shooting up there and I was there off and on. We all had some time off because we werenít in each otherís scenes, so youíd work ten days and be off for seven and come home, so I got to fly home quite a bit. When you have sinus and allergy trouble like I do, sometimes thatís a problem because you go from one extreme to the other and you end up having a cold all the time. A lot of us were sick.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Ms. Kara Howland of TV Goodness. Please go ahead.

Kara Hello. So I was wondering about your favorite scene or moment from the series, Iíve really enjoyed it and particularly your performance.

Billy Bob: And what was the question then, Iím sorry.

Kara It was if you have a favorite scene or moment from the series.

Billy Bob: I really enjoyed the scenes that I did with Martin. Thereís a scene in a little cafť where I tell him about how he needs to be a man and step up and realize that we were once apes. I like the opening scene where he and I meet each other in the lobby of the waiting room of the hospital, the scene with myself and Colin Hanks at the end of the pilot where we first meet each other in the car. I remember those as particularly good moments. I remember feeling completely lost in them that we were really there, but I have to say all the stuff we did just felt really good.

Iíve particularly enjoyed working with Keith Carradine in the one scene weíve had so far in his diner. Iíve always wanted to work with Keith and it was just a realóyou could feel two actors disappearing into their characters in that scene. I remember coming out of it as if Iíd actually been through something; it was really, really easy working with Keith and just looking at him as this guy.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Ernie Estrella of BuzzFocus.com. Please go ahead.

Ernie Hello, Billy Bob. Itís great to speak with you. I wanted to ask from a viewerís point of view since you said that you like to watch these as the fans do on every Tuesday. What was your take on the rain of fish scene?

Billy Bob: My take on it, I thought it was pretty great and it obviously had the biblical, sort of symbolic, biblical thing, I guess. I think the one thing in terms of fish that I was pretty disappointed about was nobody told me they were going to do a photo shoot with all these girls in bikinis holding fish. I wasnít warned about that, so I didnít get to go over and watch. I always miss out on all the good stuff.

Ernie Did you feel like it was a real scene of the rain of the fish or was it more kind of just a surrealistic kind of play on what was happening toó

Billy Bob: Right, yes, I think thatís one of those things that at the end of the day it kind of doesnít matter and itís up to interpretation by each person. Myself I probably felt, yes itís more of a surreal kind of thing, thatís more the way I take it. But I think each person can justóthatís a great thing about stories, itís why books are so great because you read a book and youíre the only one there, you and that book, and you can interpret these things any way you want to. You can envision the characters as looking like or being like anything you want.

So I think sometimes you just have your visceral reaction to something and let it live in some place in you where it doesnít matter if itís real or not real, you know what I mean?

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Kyle Phegley of Spinoff Online. Please go ahead.

Kyle Hello, sir. Congratulations on the show and congratulations on getting past that haircut.

Billy Bob: Thanks.

Kyle I wanted to ask a little bit about you working with Stephen Root in the past two episodes even briefly. Both of you guys are actors, who have worked with the Coens before coming on this experience. I wondered if you reflected on that at all while you were filming or if in general you talked with Noah or any of the other actors about the capturing, like you were talking earlier, that tone of the Coen brothers seen as you were the experienced man on the set.

Billy Bob: I think thatís not a real tangible thing that vibe, so you either know it or you donít know it, I think, and you have it or you donít have it. I think the important thing is you pick actors who just are it. Stephen and I didnít really talk about it much. We said if you say hello to Joel and Ethan, tell them I said hello and that kind of stuff. We didnít really discuss it too much, because on the schedule we had, we were moving and he was so funny as that character that I was wrapped up in him anyway, just seeing him as that guy.

But the Coen brothersí tone and their vibe is like a liquid thing; you canít really say. If youíre doing an action movie and youíre playing some cartoon hero, I think you have something to discuss; but I think in a Coen brothersí style thing, thereís not much you can discuss about it. Itís just as I said, you either have that vibe or you donít have it I think.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Hillary Atkin of The Atkin Report. Please go ahead.

Hillary Hello, Billy Bob. I want you to know I stayed up really, really late watching the finale last night, was riveted by it. I wondered if you could comment on what you see as the meaning of Malvoís journey.

Billy Bob: The meaning of Malvoís journey. I think Malvo in a way, Iíve said before, people say heís like the devil. I think heís more like God and the devil. I think itís almost as if whether he knows it or not, Malvo is there to facilitate peopleís true selves. Itís like he brings out in people who they really are. Heís very impatient with people who are stupid or if theyíre ridiculous. Malvo likes to get to the root of what everything is about and sometimes he has to mess with people in order to do that. But I think Malvo symbolizes that sort of spirit in the world that ultimately brings to the surface who people really are, and I think thatís probably the best way I could put it.

Moderator: Next question will be from the line of Anne Brodie of Monsters & Critics. Please go ahead.

Anne Hello, Billy Bob. When an actor plays a very dark role or there are dark forces at work, is there any point at which you really have to protect yourself from it?

Billy Bob: I donít know. I think it depends on the actor and I think it depends on how fragile that actorís constitution is. Iíve never had a real problem with it I donít think. Iím pretty able to just go home and have an omelet. Iím not really the type to let it permeate my life. Maybe when I was doing Bad Santa to a degree, I think maybe I probably drank a little more beer during that time than I normally have in my life because Iím kind of a lightweight.

For the most part I donít let it creep into my regular life. It was really interesting playing a character like this who had no conscience, though. Iíve never done that. When I played odd characters or whatever, they usually had their softer side, but Malvo is pretty straight ahead. He doesnít, as I say he just kicks a** and takes names. Heís not worried about the consequences.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Tatiana Craine of City Pages. Please go ahead.

Tatiana ófor chatting. So you got to have a few different disguises with Malvo during the show, like Frank Peterson and dentist Mike. Did you have a favorite persona to get into on the show?

Billy Bob: The thing is is at the end of the day, there was always at the root of it all, he was still Malvo and knew he was. No matter what he was pretending to be, it was just part of a way toóit was like camouflage for an animal in the forest really, so I tried not to think about it too much. But I have to say it was playing Frank Peterson I think gave me a particular thrill, just because I was around all those other actors, who were doing these type of characters and I was thinking I wish I could do one of those just one day. So I was thrilled when I found out I got to do it even for a minute there, so I would say, yes, Frank Peterson really thrilled me.

But I also liked playing the dentist because of my interaction with Stephen Root. I just thought that was a funny little relationship and also going from that character into a guy who can just clean out an elevator instantly after working on teeth.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Preston Barta of North Texas Daily. Please go ahead.

Preston: One of the lines that really stuck out with me through the course of the show is the line Malvo says to Gus about shade the green and it comes full circle in the finale. Everybody wants to survive and people will do sinister things to survive, and can you relate to that line or idea at all in your career or otherwise?

Billy Bob: Itís certainly hard to survive in Hollywood, so thatís one place where Iíd probably put that as a practice. Also I grew up poor and in a rough way, so I think Iíve had to be a chameleon at some points in my life, both in my career and as a person. I always had a knack for if Iím hanging around English people, I think I probably get a little fancier. If Iím hanging out with the folks back home, itís easier to fall in with that vibe. So Iíve always been very aware of who I need to be in a certain situation and itíll get you out of a knifing sometimes. Iíll tell you that much.

Moderator: Next question will come from the line of Mike Sametz of Mike the Fanboy. Please go ahead.

Mike: Hello. I was thinking that Malvo the character is very meticulous and economical in everything that he does. He just does enough to get by and not go out of his way, but he did have a little fun terrorizing those kids who moved into Lesterís old home. Do you want to talk a little bit about was that just for fun for Malvo, or was that on purpose?

Billy Bob: Malvo does have fun messing with people and more than messing with the kids, he was really messing with the father. I think Malvo was probably pretty pissed that he didnít find Lester yet, so whoís the nearest person I can poke with a stick? Itís like Lester is not here, so you bought Lesterís house. Youíre not the guy I wanted, but let me just leave you with this little tidbit.

Malvo definitely likes to mess with people and I think particularly people that are too cheery and that guy was just a little too friendly in the beginning and he thought heíd leave him a little something more serious to think about.

Moderator: A question will come from the line of Tzippi Shmilovitz and please state your media outlet followed by your question.

Tzippi: Okay, thanks this is Tzippi from the Yedioth Ahronoth in Israel. Thank you for taking this call. Usually thereís a long history of TV adaptations of great classic movies that falls a little short. This one is obviously just as good as the classic. Were you bothered by the possibility that it wonít be as good?

Billy Bob: When I read the pilot script, I could see how good it was. I think if I had just heard about the idea without having read it, I think maybe I would have been a little more worried about it. But as it turns out when they met with me and offered me the role, I read it right away. That dispelled any concerns I might have because it almost looked like it was written by the Coen brothers to me. It was very, very much like the movie in that way, so yes, I thought Noah really hit the mark. I didnít worry about it so much; but if I hadnít read it right away, I probably would have been concerned.

Tzippi: Thank you. Itís a great show.

Billy Bob: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Fatima Olivera. Please state your media outlet followed by your question.

Fatima: Hello, Iím calling from [indiscernible]. My question is just like the movie the TV series used the initial words, ďThis is a real story.Ē This seems to give the audience the right motivation to somehow look to this universe in a different way. Do you think this is an element that will appeal to the story?

Billy Bob: Iím sorry I could hardly hear you.

Fatima: Is it better?

Billy Bob: Thatís better, yes.

Fatima: Okay, I was asking that just like the movie the TV series used the initial words, ďThis is a real story.Ē This seems to give the audience the right motivation to somehow look to this fictional universe in a different way. Do you think this is an element that will appeal to the story?

Billy Bob: Yes, definitely. Obviously itís not a real story, but it falls in the category of a true crime story, meaning that you get to see the crime unfold in real time. I think thatís a cool thing for the audience. Even though they know intellectually itís not a real story, I think it helps you get into it more and helps the audience think of it as being real, because at the end of the day whatever movie or TV show youíre doing, you want the audience to feel that. So yes, I definitely think it helps.

Moderator: Our next question will be a follow-up from the line of Eric Volmers with Calgary Herald. Please go ahead.

Eric: Thank you. You had mentioned earlier about some of the press coverage that the show has gotten. Itís certainly had a lot of press coverage recaps and things like that after every episode. Do you read that? Do you have to be selective or how do you deal with all that feedback?

Billy Bob: I donít really read the stuff. I hear it from other people. I think Iíd rather do it that way. Like friends call up and say people love the show and Iíve heard that itís even a big hit in England, which is great, so I hear those things. If you put any given thousand people together and have them start a conversation back and forth with each other, some of them are going to love you; some of them are going to hate you, and I donít know why youíd want to subject yourself to the ones who say heís ugly, we donít like him. I donít know he said something bad to my cousin or whatever it is. Itís like I donít need to read that stuff.

In terms of legitimate publications, my publicist will send me the reviews and stuff like that and Iíll read those sometimes. It depends on the source. In other words I donít get on the Internet and read chat rooms or stuff like that about what people think about it, because if people tell me that thereís a good reaction to the show, thatís enough for me without reading the particulars. But as I said newspapers, magazines different things like that that do legitimate reviews of it, Iíll read those sometimes. Iíve been so happy and grateful that people have embraced the show the way they have. Itís been a real thrill for all of us.

Moderator: And we have a follow-up from the line of Greg Staffa of Your Entertainment. Please go ahead.

Greg: Thanks again for taking our questions. You have an amazing body of work and Iím wondering what drives you and gets you excited each time you take on a new role. Did you approach anything differently going from film to TV?

Billy Bob: These days TV and film are so closely connected in terms of where theyíre done that I didnít really approach it any differently. I think it probably depends on what type of TV show youíre doing. Like for instance if you were doing a sitcom, I think you would have to rethink the way you prepare yourself or something. But I think in this case it was like doing a ten hour independent film, so I didnít really approach it any different. And these days really great work is being done on TV and it seems like itís the future for people who want to watch movies for adults. Because that Renaissance that we had in the Ď90s of independent film that those days are kind of over and the medium budget studio films, too, which is my other wheelhouse thatís not being done as much.

So TV is a great place to do these things. Now TV is not looked at as TV any more. Itís just another way to watch movies in a lot of ways especially on premium cable and all that kind of thing. Itís just thereís not much difference. I guess if youíre doing a big action movie I guess you need the big screen. But so many people watch even movies today on computers or whatever or at home on Netflix or whatever, the two are coming together I think in a lot more ways than before. I think you just try to not think about the differences. Thereís not much of one.

Moderator: Our next question will be a follow-up from the line of Ernie Estralla of BuzzFocus.com. Please go ahead.

Ernie: Hello again. Your character was almost like a hummingbird kind of going from scene to scene and having so many different interactions with probably more characters than anybody else, besides Lester. Were you tied to the script more since you did have so many different interactions? Can you compare this with being able to work with another actor throughout a whole project?

Billy Bob: Because my guy doesnít really know any of these people, I think that made it seem very realistic for me that I just stepped into the lives of different people throughout the series. I think you do have a different feeling than you would have if you were playing, say, the husband of one of the lead actresses or something or youíre the guy whoís lived in the town forever. You then have to think about your relationship and your history with these people, but my guy, heís from nowhere. Itís kind of like Clint Eastwood in the old spaghetti westerns, like he was the man with no name. Malvo is kind of the man from nowhere. I found it very interesting to be able to do that and I didnít have to know anything about these people, and I could look at them as if I just met them all the time. I donít know. I enjoyed that aspect of it.

Moderator: The last question will come from the line of Diana Price of Reality Free TV. Please go ahead.

Diana: I just wanted to ask youíve talked about your favorite scene as an actor. As a viewer whatís been your favorite scene so far that you havenít been in, but youíve really enjoyed just watching as a viewer? Hello?

Billy Bob: Yes, Iím here.

Diana: Sorry. I keep getting cut off, so I was just like Iíve been cut off again.

Billy Bob: Itís hard to say, there are so many. I know you guys get answers like that all the time and Iím sure you hate it, but it really is so difficult to pinpoint one thing. I know one thing I really enjoy scenes whereóI can tell you a scene. Itís when Molly and Bill, the character thatís played by Bob Odenkirk, when they go over to question Lester and Bob just talks about when theyíre growing up and stuff like that. Molly knows she smells a rat with this guy and Bill just wonít have it. Heís just like, okay, Lester, sorry to bug you. I think I enjoyed every time there were scenes like that with Bob. Iíve particularly enjoyed his character and just what he did with that. Itís sort of like he just couldnít believe and wasnít going to have any part of some guy he knew in town, even potentially having anything to do with all this stuff, so Iíd say that.

Moderator: Iíd like to turn the conference call back over to the host, Ms. Allyson Barkan. Please go ahead, maíam.

Allyson: I just wanted to thank everyone so much for joining us today and especially Billy Bob Thornton. We greatly appreciate your time. As a reminder the miniseries finale of Fargo airs this upcoming Tuesday, June 17th at 10 p.m. on FX. You may now disconnect.

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