“It came out of nowhere,” he said of the concert in the fourth season of the drama FX.
Yes, it was Andrew Byrd in the two-series debut of season 4 of FX’s favorite bloody drama Fargo Play Conflict Funeral Hunter Owner Thurman Troubled. And if you ask the veteran singer / songwriter / musician / violinist how he managed to add another slot to his already long list of talents, he will honestly tell you that he has no idea.
“It came out of nowhere,” says the restrained singer billboard for his acting debut in one of the most anticipated series of the fall.
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No audition, nothing. “Just a quick meeting with him, and I said, ‘What makes you think I can do this?’ “And he said, ‘You’re a father, aren’t you?'” Says Bird, noting that Hawley seems “completely carefree,” that Bird has never acted before. “It was pretty awful the first day I showed up on the spot for the first time.”
And while the 47-year-old singer – who has been rocking on stage for nearly 25 years – did what he thought he should and appeared on the set in Chicago after preparing his lines for months, Hawley was not surprised. .
“The first thing he did was give me a completely different dialogue, which might have been in design, in case I was too prepared,” said Byrd, a native of Chicago. “I’ve never really understood acting. I’m a performer, but it’s quite another to pretend you feel things you don’t.”
If you watched Fargo start, you already know that Bird completely disappears in the role of the nervous Smutney, who seems to be increasingly entering the mafia, thanks to a reckless loan he and his wife took from local gangsters.
The singer who has just announced his upcoming holiday album Hark! (October 30) – which includes a combination of originals, rethought Christmas classics and some covers of songs by John Prien, John Cale and the beautiful family – had much to say about his Fargo travel.
Take a look billboardinterview with Bird below.
This is your official acting debut, but are you telling me you’ve never done school plays? Nothing before that?
Nothing of the kind. But on the other hand, every time I had to get up on stage or report on a book, I was very uncomfortable and shy, but as soon as I got on stage, I would be calm and collected and focused. However, this is different, there are cameras and kits and many angles that you have to shoot over and over again. It’s not like a live performance. I thought, “I can focus enough to do a shot,” but then they do it and then it takes an hour to adjust a different angle of the camera, and you do that all day.
Any tricks you learned quickly to maintain this performance because you’re used to doing it for an hour or two and then you’re done?
No. I really didn’t know if I was downloading it while I was doing it. I got a lot of advice from my fellow actors who made it sound like there was nothing in it: just learn your lines and trust the power of editing. I really wanted to know, “What am I doing? How do I think?” No one helped me with any of this.
Did Noah ask you to take acting lessons?
No, he didn’t want to take acting lessons.
It looks kind of scary for a first acting concert, doesn’t it?
Yes. I am surrounded by career professionals, so it’s hard not to feel like a cheater. But at the same time, the actors in this show are so good that it helped me attract him to it to rise somewhat to their level. They were all very kind and hopeful.
You have the most delicious name in Thurman Troubles. Who did you think when you heard the handle of your character?
There is certainly a Victorian atmosphere. It was fun working with the costume designer on what Thurman should look like … we were talking about a hint of Victorian, with the connection of the strings, but at the same time he is a modern, progressive type.
One of the reasons Noah thought of me for the role was that I guess in part based on my presence on stage. I don’t really have an alter ego on stage, it’s just an extended version of myself. So if I feel awkward on stage, I’ll share that with the audience. I think even though Thurman Smutney was a nervous man over his head, I’m an actor who tries not to get nervous.
The season takes place in Kansas City, but it was filmed in your old steps in Chicago. Did that help give you a little more confidence?
Yes. If he was in Toronto, I would probably feel more alienated. It’s the weird thing of going back to a place you’re familiar with to do something you’re so unfamiliar with … sometimes you can run away from a place where you’ve developed your identity, and then you can create not a new identity, but a new one. once you leave this place, you can escape its limits.
Do you have music this season?
I wasn’t really expected to do music, but I was playing on set in a scene that comes late and I made some recordings for the score, but I’m not sure it’s there.
Again, you’re not trying to smoke, but you’ve been very good so far. Have you had any other suggestions now that you are an official actor?
Yes I will definitely be interested to do this again. Not only because I can’t go around right now, but that’s a good reason. I find it a really challenging and interesting job. It would be interesting to see what range I have beyond this character.
See Bird on the 40-second brand trailer from season four below.