Martin Freeman shows off his Minnesotan accent in new Fargo trailer

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The wait for the highly anticipated Fargo series, based off of the 1996 Coen brothers' movie, is almost over. Slated to join FX's lineup of shows this spring, Fargo takes place in the original world that the Coens created, but there's a whole new motley crew dealing with conspiracies, murder, and -- duh -- way too much snow.

Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Oliver Platt, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, and Adam Goldberg among others, the show's a who's-who of Hollywood characters who look like they're right at home as part of the town. And while the Coen brothers are only attached to the project as executive producers, their distinctive style shines through in this small screen adaptation of their wickedly twisted vision of the Midwest.

If the string of teaser trailers for the new FX series are accurate, there are going to be a hell of a lot of dead bodies to shuffle around the frozen Fargo tundra. We took a look at some of our favorites in anticipation of the show's April 14 premiere.

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According to an interview with Vulture, this will be the first time that Freeman will play an American onscreen -- strange for a guy who has played a hobbit, Sherlock Holmes's sidekick, and a galactic hitchhiker, among other things. The British actor plays Lester Nygaard (whadda Minnesoohh-tan name), a put-upon insurance salesman who seems to be birds of a feather with Jerry Lundegaard.

Freeman finally shows off his take on a Minnesotan accent in the newest trailer (and longest yet) for Fargo called "Story." But we've got to ask: Does he sound vaguely Scottish? Minnesota isn't the Land of 10,000 Lochs, but we'll wait to really pass judgment until we hear a little more from him.

Fresh from his days as Saul on Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk fits right in with the police squad and talks about puking spaghetti, dontcha know, while Billy Bob Thornton does what he does best -- creeping around, stirring up trouble, and making folks paranoid.

"Fishermen" harkens back to that iconic scene at the end of the film version of Fargo -- yes, the one with the woodchipper -- only this time, there's a body, a lake, a too-small fishing hole... and a chainsaw.

Like we said, Billy Bob's rocking some creepy vibes, especially in "Steak." Also, what is up with that hair?

The teaser for "Dryer" aptly indicates "Lester's life is about to tumble out of control," and shows shows Freeman sitting atop a rumbling dryer, nose bandaged, and a hammer close by. He looks guilty and, come to think of it, why is that dryer rocking so hard?


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23 comments
Alison Alicat Lammi
Alison Alicat Lammi

Maybe in a small town, but we don't talk like that in the Twin Cities. My grandma was 95 from Northeast Minneapolis and thought that was silly talk. Ha

Linda Geving Anderson
Linda Geving Anderson

Can't wait ! You betcha! It is gonna be good, doncha know ! Yah, we do talk like that!

Deanna Szczech
Deanna Szczech

I would really like to know, where in Minnesota, does anyone talk like that? Hollywood Minnesotan. (don'tcha know)

bltmn
bltmn

He's sitting on the washer, not the dryer.  Eh.

Joshua Lauer
Joshua Lauer

It's funny that Fargo sets the tone for how Minnesotans speak... Last I checked, Fargo wasn't in MN.

Shane Fischer
Shane Fischer

Actually most of old generation talk show hosts and radio personalities come from the midwest, dontchaknow?

Sandy Kelly
Sandy Kelly

It's not Hollywood's fault. The Coen brothers liked the sound of Fargo better.

Sandy Kelly
Sandy Kelly

We all talk like that to varying degrees. Sorry to break it to you.

Cara Flora
Cara Flora

when will Hollywood get it through their thick heads that Fargo is in NORTH DAKOTA???

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Bob Odenkirk nailed the accent... Freeman sounds Scottish!

joleneh63
joleneh63

This looks great!!!  And I'm from Minnesota!!!

Ryan Wachtel
Ryan Wachtel

that thick "Minnesota" accent that they speak with is like nails on a chalk board to me. I don't know anyone under the age of 60 that talks like that or uses any of those cliches.

Bob Taugner
Bob Taugner

We don't talk like dat, hey. (blah,blah,blah)I don't like being made fun of (blah,blah,blah) Howcome they cal it Fargo when it takes place in Brainerd? (blah,blah,blah) This is all steerotypes!(blah,blah,blah) You don't drive from Fargo to Minneapolis by going nort on 35w, ya know. (blah,blah,blah)

SiggiDingo
SiggiDingo

everyone in Fargo talks like that...

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