'Fargo' comes to Luverne as Danson cast as Rock County's sheriff
LUVERNE -- Everyone is a celebrity in a small town, right? Well, for Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, this may be truer than ever. He's gaining a bit of the spotlight as actor Ted Danson, best known from the TV sitcom "Cheers," will be playing...
LUVERNE - Everyone is a celebrity in a small town, right?
Well, for Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, this may be truer than ever. He’s gaining a bit of the spotlight as actor Ted Danson, best known from the TV sitcom “Cheers,” will be playing the role of the Rock County sheriff in the new season of “Fargo.”
“Fargo,” featured on the FX channel, is a dark comedy/crime drama inspired by the 1996 film of the same name.
The series premiered back in April 2014 with the first season focused on character Lorne Malvo (played by Billy Bob Thornton) who passes through Bemidji and influences insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) with his malice and violence. Meanwhile, Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Duluth police officer Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) team up to solve a series of murders they believe may be linked to Malvo and Nygaard.
The first season of “Fargo” was a hit, and the show was quickly picked up for a second season. Its story will now revolve around an incident that occurred in 1979 in Sioux Falls, S.D., which was often mentioned during the first season, and will feature a young Lou Solverson and Molly’s mother. The second season of the show will be a prequel to both the movie and to the first season.
Danson plays the father-in-law to Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson, a state patrolman who was removed from the Navy service in Vietnam. Danson’s character is not only Solverson’s father-in-law, but also a World War II veteran and the sheriff of Rock County.
That’s where Verbrugge comes in.
“I honestly had no idea about this until this (Friday) morning,” Verbrugge said. “I got on Facebook and all of my friends were posting about this.”
Verbrugge was humbled about his new-found “fame” and said technically the role isn’t based on him exactly since the events in season two will take place in the 1970s.
“I did read up on ‘Fargo’ and see that the season takes place in 1979, so really it’s not me - it’s probably Sheriff Ole Holmmen,” Verbrugge said with a laugh.
Verbrugge said that he was aware that part of the show may be shot in Luverne and Sioux Falls. He admitted that he has seen the movie, but doesn’t remember most of it and has only watched bits and pieces of the show.
“Now I think you’re going to see people pay attention to this region, and hopefully this will bring people to our community and will be good for Rock County,” he said. “We have a lot to offer.”
Verbrugge joked that he is more than happy to share the responsibilities of being the sheriff with Danson.
“I will say that this is pretty cool and maybe I could get an opportunity to meet him - that would be fun,” he said. “Other than that, maybe I can pass all the complaints off to him.”
Verbrugge said he’s enjoying his unlikely connection to Danson.
“They could have probably found someone more bald and not as handsome, but I loved watching ‘Cheers’ so I think the matchup is pretty cool,” Verbrugge said.