The big US role Angus almost missed
It’s not often an actor can look back on the failure of their television series with relief.
But had the Channel Ten drama Party Tricks not misfired and been put to rest last year, Angus Sampson would’ve missed out on a major US role.
The Aussie actor plays Bear Gerhardt in the new standalone season of Fargo, the critically acclaimed and awardwinning TV series inspired by the film of the same name.
“The option on Party Tricks ran out on December 1, from memory — (Ten) had to tell us by then if it was going ahead,” Sampson reveals.
“I was testing for Fargo while that was all up in the air and a week or so after the option ran out, I got the call about this.
“So I would’ve missed it had things gone differently.”
It goes to show that even in show business, when one door closes, another can open.
“This wasn’t just a door — it was more like a tunnel,” he says.
Season two is set in the late 1970s in Minnesota and South Dakota, and features a new all- star cast, including the likes of Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Nick Offerman and Patrick Wilson.
“The script is a masterpiece, it should be in the Smithsonian,” Sampson says.
In addition to murder and subsequent police investigation, he says several subplots are intertwined, including one involving his character’s organised crime family.
“Bear is part of the Gerhardt clan, who run this small town illegal operation and have done so for a number of generations,” Sampson says of his character.
“The dad has a stroke and a succession plan hasn’t really been thought about until it’s too late.”
“The script is a masterpiece, it should be in the
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