Steve Buscemi and Stephen Colbert’s John Kasich Spoof

Steve Buscemi and Stephen Colbert had a bit of fun at the expense of Ohio Governor John Kasich. It was all about the 1996 movie “Fargo”. During Buscemi’s guest appearance on “The Late Show” (4/1/2016), Colbert brought up how much John Kasich hated the film — so much that he went into great detail about it in his 2006 book “Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul”

In the book, Kasich wrote that when his wife Karen “got to the part where they chop up a guy in a grinder, we looked at each other and thought, ‘What the heck are we watching here?’ It was graphic and brutal and completely unnecessary, and it rubbed us in so many wrong ways, we had to shut the thing off in the middle.” He also tried to get Blockbuster to take the movie off its shelves.

What’s really funny is that by the time you get to the “guy in a grinder” scene (near the end of the movie and not in the middle at all), Steve Buscemi’s character, Carl Showalter has been whipped with a belt by Shep and shot in the face by Wade Gustafson (and that happened after he shot Wade). The profanity is epic throughout.

In the woodchipper scene, there’s very little dialog. Gaear Grimsrud was a notoriously laconic type. All the same, the Buscemi/Colbert spoof had its moments, most notably the William H. Macy line.

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7 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    I love Stephen Colbert. I don’t care about Kasich or what he thinks, but I never understood how/why Fargo was ever nominated for best picture.

    (Yeah, I’ve been home all weekend with a bad cold, so I have nothing better to do than criticize masterpieces on the internet.) :-)

    • VJ says:

      well, I guess Roger Ebert’s pronouncement that it was one of the best films he ever saw helped. Hope you feel better soon.

      • Cece says:

        Huh. That explains some. Thanks for the good wishes. :)

        • rhonda says:

          Hope you are feeling better, Cece. I hated Fargo, by the way!

        • VJ says:

          Guess I am alone in loving Fargo then. I am a Steve Buscemi fan and it’s kind of a running joke that some people watch his films just to see how he is going to die. They bring it up in a different segment of this Colbert appearance and Buscemi says when he gets a script, the first thing he does is try to find the part where he dies :):)

          I mentioned the woodchipper scene in this article — 5 Movie Death Scenes. He was Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs but in that one, he didn’t die.

        • EricS says:

          You are far from alone on this one VJ.

        • EricS says:

          As is Rhonda in hoping that Cece is well, or at least has recovered from her cold.