‘Fargo’ cast news, spoilers: Ewan McGregor opens up about his dual role

The lead actor reveals the challenges he faced in playing Emmit and Ray Stussy.

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Actor Ewan McGregor, known for his exceptionally suave portrayal characters, revealed that he faced some challenges in portraying his characters in “Fargo” season 3.

“The challenging part is making sure they’re both unique people,” McGregor told The Hollywood Reporter.

Noah Hawley created the crime drama anthology. Its third season follows the lives of the twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy — both played by McGregor. As they grow older, the twins become completely different from each other, resulting in their rivalry.

The actor said that he faced the challenge of making the two characters distinct and believable at the same time. He, however, said that “they feel very different when I’m playing them.”

As seen in the teaser trailer, Emmit looks young, smart, and successful in his chosen career path. On the other hand, Ray lives an unfortunate life. He is balding, scruffy, pot-bellied, and psychologically disturbed.

“I felt like I understood them from the writing and I don’t make the job very complicated for myself as an actor. But when I got up there [to set], I suddenly went, ‘F—, I’ve got two jobs to do here,'” McGregor explained, as he needed to get acquainted with the Midwestern accent as well.

The story will show Ray becoming involved in petty theft. He blames Emmit and asks for his help, but the latter refuses to lend a hand. Hence, the parole officer enlists his ex-con girlfriend, Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), for help.

That petty crime leads to murder, mobsters, and a ruthless competitive bridge.

“The story is very personal and full of heart,” McGregor asserted.

The series also stars Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle, a police chief and newly divorced mother. It also features David Thewlis as V.M. Vargas, a capitalist whose bosses want to partner with Emmit, whether he likes it or not.

The third season of “Fargo” will premiere on April 19 on FX.