Fargo Season 4: Here's Why Chris Rock Was Perfect for Loy Cannon

This is a pretty good week to be Chris Rock. On Saturday, the entertainment multi-talent and former cast member returns to host Saturday Night Live as NBC's long-running sketch comedy/music kicks off its 46th season (and return to Studio 8H) with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion and (most likely) the debut of Jim Carrey's Joe Biden. Then on Sunday, we get the next chapter in the fourth installment of FX/FX on Hulu's Fargo. Not only starring but also serving as executive producer, Rock plays mob boss Loy Cannon, who looks to move his organization into the future even if it means going through Josto Fada (Jason Schwartzman) in the process.

Fargo Installment 4 introduces the cast. (Images: FX Networks)
Fargo Installment 4 introduces the cast. (Images: FX Networks)

Though boasting an impressive ensemble cast, it's Rock's performance that cements the series together. In the following featurette, Rock and Hawley how Rock ended up in the role of Loy, his approach to the character, Haley's thoughts on comedians as dramatic actors, and more:

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream.

In Kansas City, two criminal syndicates — one Italian, led by Donatello Fadda (Tommaso Ragno), one African American, led by Loy Cannon (Rock) — have struck an uneasy peace, which the heads of both families have cemented by trading their youngest sons.Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America.

Cannon is the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his son's enemy as his own. It's an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes.

It's a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.

FX's fourth installment of Fargo also stars Timothy Olyphant (Mormon U.S. Marshal Dick "Deafy" Wickware) Uzo Aduba (Zelmare Roulette), Jessie Buckley (local nurse Oraetta Mayflower), Salvatore Esposito (Josto's ruthless brother, Gaetano Fadda), Andrew Bird (mortuary owner Thurman Smutney), Jeremie Harris (Leon Bittle), Gaetano Bruon (Constant Calamita), Anji White (mortuary owner Dibrell Smutney), Francesco Acquaroli (Ebal Violante), Emyri Crutchfield (Ethelrida Pearl Smutney), Amber Midthunder (Swanee Capps), Jack Huston (local cop Odis Weff), Jason Schwartzman (Josto Fadda), Ben Whishaw (Rabbi Milligan), Glynn Turman (Doctor Senator), Corey Hendrix (Omie Sparkman), Karen Aldridge (Zelmare Roulette), Kelsey Asbille, and newcomer Matthew Elam.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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