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Colin Hanks Breaking Away From Good Guy Roles

Actor Portrays a Weak, Well Meaning, Police Officer in Fargo

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Colin Hanks Breaking Away From Good Guy Roles

Colin Hanks is breaking away from his good guy roles for a darker theme in 'Fargo.'  Which could end up benefitting his career in the long run.

The actor known for playing boyish good guy role such as the one in the movie "Orange County," has always had a tall lanky frame to go with a nice guy personality.  He was able to have memorable roles in shows such as the sci-fi drama "Rosewell," and HBO's hit mini-series "Band of Brothers."

But in the age of the antihero, those same good-natured qualities may have worked against landing more complex parts. To burnish his darker side, Hanks even took a showy turn a few years ago as a serial killer on "Dexter." But he always seemed too decent to break bad.

"That's the stereotype of me," said the 36-year-old actor, who is the son of actor Tom Hanks. "That's the pigeonhole I'm in, and I'm constantly trying to break out of that."

In FX's new hit 10-episode series "Fargo," which showcases its final episode for the season on Tuesday, Hanks plays a moral bound duty and ethics first police officer named Gus Grimly.   But it quickly becomes a more complicated portrayal when his character meets up with the evil Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). Hanks' single parent character backs down — a decision that might have saved his life and kept his daughter from becoming an orphan, but also one that costs the lives of many more residents of the quirky community.

"A lot of Gus was frustrating to me," Hanks said during a recent sit-down at his publicist's office in Beverly Hills. "He's got a lot of the nice guy stuff that I've been trying to buck. But the way it was written and directed, it's the best version of this type of guy."

The performance he has given thus far has drawn praise from both critics and fans of the show as his character has progressed through each episode.  Some of the most favorable reviews of his career have come from the show over the last nine-episodes.  The attention he has started to grab has caught the actor a bit off guard.

"The reception we've gotten has been rather overwhelming," said Hanks. "I'm not necessarily used to being in something that has grabbed attention like this. Usually, it's a little bit after the fact."

"Fargo" creator Noah Hawley had high praise for Hanks: "Colin was born to play this role — it really shows what he is capable of. He's got that impossible-to-quantify likability, but he's never been put through his paces like this."

That could come as good news since the actor had to endure the bitter cold of Calgary, Canada during the shooting of the episodes.  After battling through doing scenes in the below freezing temperatures his role could finally pay off for future endeavors afterwards.

"When they're wrapping the camera in an electric blanket, that's not a good sign. But the cold is a character," said Hanks. "It's what people remember from the film, along with the accents and the wood chipper."

Hanks said he doesn't have any immediate projects but is hopeful that "Fargo" will open up new and more diverse roles: "The kinds of things I want to do may become a little more possible now."


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Future Emmy Winner Allison Tolman reacts to Fargo's success

Source: Oh No They Didn't!

“Well, so I’ve gotten an Emmy nomination and I’m sitting here drinking a mimosa,” says Tolman. “I’d say yeah, so far it’s been a pretty good day.”Tolman is one of four actors on the FX hit “Fargo” who scored Emmy nods Thursday. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a movie or miniseries and she says “surprise” doesn’t really describe her reaction, “because, to be honest, I still haven’t wrapped my head around ...
Source: Oh No They Didn't!   Full article at: Oh No They Didn't! Jul 11 2014, 4:47am CDT


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Source: Oh No They Didn't!   Full article at: Oh No They Didn't! Jul 9 2014, 8:35pm CDT

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Great Job, Internet!: In victory for literalism, someone actually knitted the Fargo sweater

Source: The A.V. Club

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FX’s marketing for Fargo featured an “ugly sweater” rendering of death in the frigid American north, an aesthetic that elegantly referenced the original Fargo film’s cross-stitch poster without duplicating it altogether. But while FX made the sweater image the centerpiece of its advertising campaign—even commissioning a crocheted wrap for a bus in New York City—the network never transformed the pattern into an honest-to-goodness sweater. ( ...
Source: The A.V. Club   Full article at: The A.V. Club Jul 1 2014, 11:53am CDT

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COLIN HANKS & EMMY ROSSUM Sign Sabra And Feeding America Poster At 4th Annual Critics Choice Television Awards

Source: I'm Not Obsessed

The Fourth Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards wasn’t just about recognizing the great work done in television. Sabra Hummus teamed up with Feeding America. They had a big poster for celebs to sign to support their cause. Colin Hanks and Emmy Rossum were two of the celebs who signed it. RELATED: It’s home sweet home for ‘Shameless’ star Emmy Rossum. Many other celebs were on hand to take part in the festivi ...
Source: I'm Not Obsessed   Full article at: I'm Not Obsessed Jun 20 2014, 9:30am CDT

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Billy Bob Thornton & 'Fargo' Win Big at Critics' Choice TV Awards

Source: Just Jared

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Billy Bob Thornton poses with his trophy backstage in the portrait room at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday (June 19) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 58-year-old actor won the award for Best Actor in a Miniseries/Movie for his work on Fargo, which also picked up the prize for Best Miniseries. Also in attendance was his co-star Colin Hanks (with wife Samantha Bryant), who was also nominated for his work. A ...
Source: Just Jared   Full article at: Just Jared Jun 19 2014, 10:15pm CDT

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Colin Hanks hopes to finally break Mr. Nice Guy mold with 'Fargo'

Source: la times

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Hanks has played plenty of good guys, but he's going new places with his upright cop in FX's 'Fargo,' which like its film 'parent,' is full of dark comedy, offbeat characters and explosive violence.Hanks has played plenty of good guys, but he's going new places with his upright cop in FX's 'Fargo,' which like its film 'paren ...
Source: la times   Full article at: la times Jun 17 2014, 8:00am CDT

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A conversation on ‘Fargo,’ shorter TV seasons and the anthology format

Source: Hoops Manifesto

FX’s Fargo began the second half of its 10-episode season last Tuesday (May 20). Four more episodes remain with the May 27 broadcast. My friend Edwin Arnaudin and I thought the series’ halfway point to look at what the show has done so far and where it might go for the remainder of this season. Edwin is the film and culture writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times and Ashvegas (and at least one or two publications I’m forgetting right now). He’s the reason I’ve been able to see films in tim ...
Source: Hoops Manifesto   Full article at: Hoops Manifesto May 27 2014, 10:30am CDT

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