We’re nearing the point where a Minnesota accent is becoming a little intimidating, thanks to the hard work of the “Fargo” universe. The show returns for a new season, set in the ‘70s, complete with yet more amoral, murderous characters all striving to emerge on top. Jeffrey Donovan, best known for his work on “Burn Notice,” appears as Dodd Gerhardt, one of a group of violent brothers trying to keep their organized crime empire afloat. We talked about his love of the Coen brothers and how to master that darn accent.
How tough is the accent to master?
It was one of the hardest I’d ever done. And I had played Bobby Kennedy two years prior in “J. Edgar.”
How will this season differ from the first one?
I think the biggest difference will be the literal difference, which is it's 30 years prior, late '70s — you know, 1979. After the Vietnam War when corporate commerce started to take over small businesses. I think that’s going to show a very specific time in an odd place. You know Fargo, North Dakota, Laverne, Minnesota. But I think that the tone and the characters are all going to feel like, “Oh yeah, I’m in Fargo.”
So Dodd will experience that through the lens of his unusual family business.
Oh yeah, and it’s a big deal. And it’s Dodd’s really demented and damaged view on life that will rebel against big corporate America, and you’ll see as the episodes come how violent that rebellion will be. Oh, it gets bad. It gets more vicious and bloody than the first season.