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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
34. Frances McDormand / Steve Buscemi & The Coens   View Complete List Back Page 34/40 Next

The Coens
Frances McDormand / Steve Buscemi

Best Film
Fargo. Set in wintery North Dakota, it's the story of a pregnant police chief, two idiotic criminals, a car salesman and his father-in-law. It's dark, bleak and hilarious in equal measure, and one of the one of the finest Coen Brothers films ever made - in no small part thanks to McDormand and Buscemi.
Notable Pairings
Fargo, Miller's Crossing

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
We're letting two actors fit into this category not just because it's the 'two-headed director' we're discussing, but because both of the actors' careers have been defined by the work they've done with the Brothers Coen. Buscemi's ability to speak fast, act neurotically, and behave erratically on screen has meant there's been a place for in the Coens' unique brand of films time and again. Besides being a ludicrously talented actress (handy in the trade, we're told), McDormand is married to Joel Coen an' all, so we're hoping they work so well together because, um, they love each other and stuff.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
McDormand is great in Almost Famous and Mississippi Burning, getting an Oscar nod for both, but her best work is in the hands of the Coens - likewise Buscemi, who's known as Mr Pink in Reservoir Dogs and for his roles in Armageddon and Con Air, but again, the Coens bring the best out of him. And the Coens themselves? Well, there's No Country For Old Men - a Buscemi and McDormand free-zone.

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