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Chris Rock Calls Role on 'Fargo' The Greatest OF His Career

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By Adreon Patterson

Stand-up legend Chris Rock touts his role in Season 4 of FX's Fargo as the greatest work of his 30-plus year career.

The beloved comedian will have a leading role in the latest installment of Fargo. His character will be Loy Cannon described as "a crime lord with a conscience."

Along with his role on the FX drama series, Rock will reintroduce the dormant Saw horror franchise to the general public this summer as the writer and star of Lionsgate’s Spiral.

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Rock will join series regulars Jason Schwartzman, Jessie Buckley, Ben Whishaw, and Timothy Olyphant in the latest season of the acclaimed FX anthology series.

With writer-showrunner Noah Hawley at the helm, Fargo will kick off its new run in April on FX.

“This is the best part I’ve ever done and, honestly, probably the best part I’ll ever have,” the comedic actor told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s how it works. Morgan Freeman is in ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ He’s amazing. He’s made a kazillion dollars since then. He never got a part that good again. When you get these great parts you have to make the most of them.”

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Rock went on to describe Loy Cannon's role within the season and his ideals.

“He’s a businessman, he’s a deacon at his church, he’s a loving father and husband, he owns a bank, and he’s also a criminal,” the comedian mentioned about his character. “He fixes fights and runs numbers and prostitution. He’s always on edge. It’s Tony Soprano-esque.”

This role is just the latest in the dramatic field as the comedian will be seen in the drama film The Roads Not Taken.

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According to Rock, “Fargo” Season 4 will take on an ambitious scope that previous seasons lacked. He even went on to call the new season “the biggest ‘Fargo'” yet.

The actor added, “The scale is tremendous. ‘Fargo’ normally tells little stories that get out of hand. They’re about ordinary people, something happens, and then we get to see how evil ordinary people can be."

He continued. "This is quite different. We start off gangsters, so we’re beginning with bad people, and then it escalates.”

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Along with acting on the series, Rock was able to step in and make rewrites to the script when he felt strongly that something Hawley wrote for his character to fine-tune the dialogue.

“I’d be talking as a guy who’s lived this and kind of knows Loy Cannon,” Rock stated. “In the 1950s, my dad was 17 and my granddad was 30. So I know these guys a little bit.”

The actor used his own past as well as those of his family to inform who Loy Cannon would be.

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Rock continued, “Occasionally I would pull Noah to the side and go, ‘What about this?’ or ‘I have literally sat with these guys and they never say this.”

“As the senior black person on the set, along with [costar] Glynn Turman, there is a responsibility you have if you disagree with something," the comedian stated. "Nine times out of 10 the person you say it to appreciates it.”

With Rock having a hand in crafting his character, fans can look forward to Season 4 of Fargo when it premieres on April 19.

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