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Steve Buscemi Reenacts John Kasich’s Fargo Whining on Colbert

Ohio governor John Kasich may have lucked into an almost-entirely-undeserved reputation as the adult in the Republican Primary clown car, but there’s one position where nobody out-crazies him: his hatred for the Coen brothers’ 1996 Academy-Award-winner Fargo. After renting the film on the recommendation of his local Blockbuster clerk, he not only ejected it halfway through, but launched a quixotic crusade to get Blockbuster to stop carrying the movie entirely. He recounted the incident in his 2006 book Stand For Something, painting himself as something of a wild man:


Usually, I speak out against the status quo on behalf of the little guy, but sometimes I get a little crazy and go off about something like this Fargo business, with no real expectation but to let off some steam. I can’t imagine it’s all that much fun to be on the receiving end of one of my tirades, but I’m here to tell you it isn’t much fun to be making the delivery either.

Easy there, tough guy! Friday night, Steve Buscemi was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Colbert took the opportunity to bring up Kasich’s opinion of his movie. After Buscemi read Kasich’s lengthy account of how he came to rent the movie—“That’s a really exciting amount of detail about that whole process,” Colbert interjected—Buscemi and Colbert reenacted Kasich’s complaint. For once, Buscemi was on the right side of the wood chipper.