UNDERRATED: Billy Bob Thornton in "Fargo"

Bringing this idiosyncratic Coen brothers film to the screen was never going to be easy, and though the new FX series set in the film's politely cold-blooded world wobbled at first, its footing is secure thanks in part to a strong cast led by this character actor. Already familiar with the Coens' style as the laconic barber from 2001's "The Man Who Wasn't There," Thornton's dryly menacing hit man is part Anton Chigurh, part mischievous fairy godfather.
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