The Coen Brothers Don’t Watch FX’s “Fargo”
"It just feels divorced from our film somehow."
Ask any adult spewing wisdom through sound bites and they’ll say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. As a child, this little saying confused us enough to stop being mad at a copycat for a brief amount of time, but what about when you’re an adult? According to the Coen Brothers, the best way to handle emulators and spin-offs is to try and ignore them almost altogether.
We’re just not very interested. I mean, we’re perfectly happy with it. We have no problem with it. It just feels divorced from our film somehow.
The brothers—who are both executive producers of the program—also aren’t chomping at the bit to jump into the world of television like so many of their peers. Joel went on to explain that he and his brother don’t think of their projects in a serial way:
We work short. Our longest movie [No Country For Old Men] is two hours, two minutes. It’s just not how we think about stories. I mean, after two hours with a character we feel we’re pretty much done with them.
The film that the brothers are currently making the press rounds for, the delightful Hail, Caesar!, is only one hour and forty-six minutes long, but maybe the Coens will stray to the lengthy side with their next upcoming film—an adaptation of Ross Macdonald’s Black Money.