Comparing Martin Freeman/Lester Nygaard to Bryan Cranston/Walter White in Breaking Bad. Or why we’re so excited about Martin’s role in Fargo.
The role of Lester begs comparison to Jerry Lundegaard (played by William H. Macy, in an Oscar-nominated turn) from the original Fargo movie. Not to mention, Freeman as a much put-upon everyman-gone-bad protagonist on the Fargo TV show may amount to a worthwhile variation on the protagonist archetype – all the more so, when compared to the current definitive version, i.e. Walter White on Breaking Bad. Even more interesting is that Freeman, like Bryan Cranston when he started on Breaking Bad, is exploring new territory here, as he’s better known for playing ungainly, yet likable and readily-sympathetic characters.