Luckily for Wilson, that’s not the focus of Fargo, in which he embodies a younger version
of State Trooper Lou Solverson -- previously played by Keith Carradine in
season one -- as he starts piecing together a triple homicide in a local diner.
So far, it’s an understated role that sees co-stars Kirsten
Dunst and Jean Smart trumping up wigs and accents as he settles into the
ensemble series. Instead of overplaying his hand with the comedy, he lets it
flow with the script, relying on the show’s “Midwestern roots.”
The role is already earning him Emmy buzz as the show itself
wows critics with a pressured-filled season two. The first won two Primetime
Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award and comes after HBO’s True Detective -- an awards show
competitor -- failed to satisfy fans and critics with its second iteration. “I
don’t think anybody’s second-guessing themselves against the success or lack
thereof of another show,” Wilson says, dispelling any notion of pressure.
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If it weren’t for the limited commitment, thanks to the show
resetting the cast each season, Wilson may not have been convinced. Not wanting
to spend too much time away from his wife, Dagmara Domińczyk, and their two
kids or move them to Calgary, Canada where the show is filmed, he was
eventually convinced by his wife to reconsider.
“It was one of the very few times where you can match the
critical success with the commercial success … and those two don’t meet a lot,”
Wilson says. “I have done a lot of small independent movies that I poured my
heart and soul into that nobody ever sees. Sometimes they work, sometimes they
don’t, but Fargo was one of those
jobs where I figured it would be nice to do something people care about.”
And if all goes well, fans may find Wilson back on HBO.
Following news that director Zack Snyder is in early talks with the network to
adapt Watchmen into a series, the
actor shared his affinity for playing Daniel Dreiberg aka Nite Owl II.
“With those guys, you only get better becoming a retired
superhero. I could see me at 50 being Dan and it would be better than what I
did at 36,” Wilson says. “I absolutely loved, loved shooting that.”
It’s certainly a role that wouldn’t require him to go nude.
But then again, it’s HBO.
Fargo airs Monday
nights at 10 p.m. only on FX.