TV Profile: Colin Hanks of ‘Fargo’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
TV Profile: Colin Hanks of ‘Fargo’

Most would have think that actor Colin Hanks has it easy, especially as he is the son of Oscar award winning actor, Tom Hanks. However, according to a recent interview Colin Hanks with Deadline, he corrected this misconception. He said that he had to work hard in order to be able to be a better actor, each and every time. He also revealed that he had been in school plays, before making it onto the big and small screen. However, it seems that all this hard work is paying off as he is proving himself to be growing into a talented actor in his own right as seen in his recent Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Deputy Gus Grimley on the FX television show, “Fargo“. Read on to learn more about the story.

Colin Hanks, the son of renowned actor Tom Hanks, first made waves on the small screen in his role as Alex Whitman in the television series “Roswell”, from 1999 to 2001. He made his big screen debut in 2002, in the film “Orange County”, where he co-starred with Jack Black. After this, he was involved in several other projects, including a role in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of “King Kong”. He had the opportunity to work with his father, Tom Hanks, in the 2008 film “The Great Buck Howard”, in which he portrayed Tom’s fictional son. Afterwards, his career turned to television and has appeared on various television shows. In 2008, he appeared on “Mad Men,” where he portrayed a role of  a priest. His range in acting is broad, as he was also able to portray a killer in 2011 in the television show “Dexter”. He then when on to portray the role of Officer Gus Grimley in “Fargo” in 2014.


“Fargo”, which was based on the Coen brothers’ 1996  film of the same name, tells the story of Lester Nygaard, who befriends a mysterious contract killer named Lorne Malvo, and who kills his wife. The rest of the show follows that fallout from that.

Hanks also told Deadline that he was given the script by his agents, who really liked to the material to begin with. His second audition was quite interesting as the scene he had to act out involved him and his superior in the men’s bathroom. He had to have another edition of his audition as the first script only gave him a few lines.

He also said they did have an accent coach in order to help them achieve the Minnesota accent, but what was good was that the material made it so easy to slip into the accent. Filming was intense, as he had expected, but they rarely did table reads. The entire filming process took a little longer, as the tone of the Coen brothers’ material was so different.

This allowed the actors of the television series to be able to really capitalize on what their respective characters were truly feeling. They even aren’t try to rush scenes so that they could capture those specific emotions. Because of this, Colin mentioned that it was liberating for the actor to be able to do this, without having to sacrifice the quality of what he was doing.

He also mentioned, when asked about his move from film to television, that he was never picky when it came to choosing roles he wanted to play, as any role given, regardless of whether it was a part for a movie or for a tv show was a job.

As for the future, the actor mentioned that he was giving it is his all to the documentary that he is directing, entitled “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records”, which focuses on the entire chain of stores, and the key players that contributed to its success, and its fall.

And that’s all for now regarding Colin Hanks, the Emmy nominated actor. . For more news, updates, and profiles your favorite celebrities, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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