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Martin Freeman has revealed he stayed away from watching the Fargo film, once he signed on for the TV version.
The Hobbit star admitted he chose not to re-watch the Coen brothers crime drama before shooting, so his performance wouldn t be a copy of it.
I definitely didn t re-watch it, purposely. I like the film, but I didn t feel I wanted to be influenced by it, he said.
I wanted to play what was in the script. The tone of the TV show is set by Noah Hawley s scripts, which obviously are influenced by the Coen brothers, and I always go on whatever script I m working on at the time.
Martin plays henpecked insurance salesman Lester Nygaard in the TV show, who finds a new boost of confidence when he meets Billy Bob Thornton s character Lorne Malvo.
The 42-year-old likened his alter-ego to an anti-hero like The Sopranos Tony Soprano.
We give people titles such as anti-hero , but essentially they also have to be people you want to follow... They have to be relateable and likeable to a certain extent - like Walter White from Breaking Bad. I think people like the anti-hero at the moment because they demand something a bit more complex than just goodies and baddies in drama and I m all for that, he said.
Artistically it s a bit more interesting too, and as far as life is concerned, it s more instructive as nobody in the real world is either just a goodie or a baddie . And if good television is reflecting this more then I m very happy.
He added: I really loved it and had a thoroughly good time. The work was demanding and challenging, allowing you to flex your muscles as an actor.
:: Fargo begins on Channel 4 on April 20.
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