Bokeem Woodbine Finds Mainstream Success with ‘Fargo’ After 20 Years on the Grind

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Bokeem Woodbine Finds Mainstream Success with ‘Fargo’ After 20 Years on the Grind

There’s nothing more frustrating than being a hidden gem. Though precious and valuable, a hidden gem is not independent. It is dependent on being discovered by others through sheer luck or dauntless determination; it isn’t an ideal existence. This is the existence of many Black actors and actresses in the film industry. If there was ever a poster boy for late career recognition and renaissance, it is the unearthing of Bokeem Woodbine.

In recent months, Woodbine has generated major static for his acclaimed role as Mike Milligan on this past season of Fargo. Woodbine was nominated for his first Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series.

“I literally couldn’t have conceived or conceptualized such great moments for a character, such unique and wonderful dialogue and such bizarre yet completely, in my mind, realistic scenarios,” Woodbine stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It was almost as if I went to the future and I said, ‘OK. I’m gonna write you the perfect part for you that you’ll never forget and you’ll always look back on fondly’ and then I sent it somehow (he laughs) into the past and into my own hands. It was like I’d written it for myself.” Read more on this story…

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