FirstGame Of Thrones, then Hurricane Heist, then Ready Player One and now The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. Where is Ralph “Finchy” Ineson going to pop up next? And how many things will he have to be in before he is “the actor Ralph Ineson” and not “Finchy from The Office”?
He’s only briefly in the trailer for the Coen Bros’ new Netflix film, but the trailer as a whole is well worth watching. Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Waits and Tyne Daly do a fine job in the non-Finchy bits.
The project has had quite a strange journey – it was originally going to be a six-part Western anthology series where Tim Blake Nelson’s Scruggs was the only character in every episode, but earlier this year it was re-tooled into a feature film, which has just opened at the Venice Film Festival and immediately won a Best Screenplay award.
(As far as we know, the whole six-parter was filmed, raising questions as to just what form this Best Screenplay took, and whether it was six scripts, as well as how much good stuff had to be cut out in the retooling.)
When the Coens first signed on to work with Netflix, they put out the statement “We are streaming motherfuckers!”, which they really should have incorporated into their awards speech. They might get another chance – there’s already lots of Oscar buzz around the film.
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs hits Netflix on November 16th.
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