Chris Rock is not laughing.

After years of cracking audiences up together with his comedy and flicks, the Saturday Evening Stay veteran is getting severe together with his starring function within the long-awaited fourth installment of FX’s Fargo, creator Noah Hawley‘s hit anthology adaptation of the Coen brothers’ basic movie.

Premiering on Sunday, Sept. 27, after a pandemic-induced delay—there have been simply two episodes left to movie earlier than COVID shut down the business again in March—the brand new season, set in Nineteen Fifties Kansas Metropolis, finds Rock enjoying mob boss Loy Cannon. Not solely is it the primary meaty dramatic function in his profession, nevertheless it additionally marks the first-ever time he is starred in a scripted collection ever. Speak about a studying curve.

As he informed The Hollywood Reporter, the job required extra from him than he’d initially anticipated, forcing him to put aside plans to work on new stand-up materials till filming was completed. “Doing a film is like enjoying a sport — doing a collection is like enjoying a season,” he informed the publication. “Even Michael Jordan, at 50-something, might most likely kick some ass if you happen to had him play one sport proper now. However a season? He isn’t retired as a result of he cannot play basketball, he is retired as a result of he cannot play a season.”

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