Fargo Creator Explains Why Ewan McGregor Plays Two Characters

The actor takes on two very different brothers in the third series

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Fargo creator Noah Hawley has explained why Ewan McGregor is taking on the challenge of playing two different characters in his latest FX anthology series.

And it's not just to see the actor scramble into a pair of Spanx...

"It is a complicated moral spectrum and tonal spectrum, and that's what makes it really interesting," Hawley told Vulture about the show's third installment set in 2010.

"Part of the reason I wanted to have these two brothers played by the same actor, because as much as one of them is the underdog and the other one's the winner, you can't help but see the family resemblance. Whatever empathy you have for the underdog you probably also carry some of it over to rooting for the older brother at certain moments.

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"I think it's only interesting if you're rooting for everybody."

McGregor stars as two rival Midwestern brothers - Emmet Stussy, a successful property magnate, and the less-endearing, and more portly parole officer Ray. The sblings find themselves inevitably caught up in murder.

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He recently revealed he had to wear Spanx to be able to play Emmet, after Hawley told him he'd have to pile on the pounds to play Ray.

"Spanx are no joke," McGregor told The LA Times. "I couldn't do it without Devora. I couldn't get that... thing over my head if she wasn't standing there. It's a two-person job. I will say, I rather like them. I had to fly to London or something to do press for Trainspotting and I was walking through the airport and there was an actual Spanx store.

"I had no idea they had actual shops! So I stopped someone and asked them to take a photograph of me outside the store. I think I'm going to try to do their next campaign ad. Maybe I can capitalise on this somehow."

McGregor stars alongside Carrie Coon as Police Chief Gloria Burgle, Elizabeth Winstead as Ray's long-suffering girlfriend, and David Thewlis as shady loner.