Todd Melby, author of the forthcoming book,
A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo got permission to share some of the Fargo audition tapes! We'll post them here as he shares them.
Despite his captivating
Fargo audition, the Coen Brothers were reluctant to cast Tony Denman as Scotty Lundegaard, the teenager who loved White Snake, the Polka King, and hockey. The Coens wanted blondes; Tony, of course, has dark hair.
The Coen Brothers cast Michelle Hutchison as the escort in Fargo. She's the one sitting next to Steve Buscemi, sipping champagne and listening to José Feliciano at the nightclub. In this audition, she's reading for the role of Hooker #1 and Hooker #2.
Like a lot of the Minnesota actors cast in Fargo, Bruce Bohne performed at the Guthrie Theater. One of his biggest roles: Macbeth. As Deputy Lou, he's anything but murderous.
The Coen Brothers cast John Carroll Lynch as Norm Gunderson, the husband of Brainerd Police Chief Marge Gunderson. In this audition, he reveals a sensitive soul who loves his pregnant wife but isn't too keen on the Hautmans.