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GQ has published a great article about Kiki and her amazing performance on Fargo, and how it relates to her own career.

Fargo is a television show in love with words. It tries to one-up the Coen Brothers (who are credited as executive producers) in giving actors the kind of monologues and dialogue they’ll want to tattoo on their torsos and have emblazoned on their tombstones, so overjoyed are they by the verbiage and opportunities created for them. But the show is seldom more powerful or more compelling than when it slows down, cranks down the volume, and allows the camera to linger on the enigma that is Dunst’s face. For all its exquisitely wrought words, a dialogue-free shot of Dunst on a bus, her face at once conveying everything and nothing as she contemplates the treacherous crossroads she finds herself at, is as good as Fargo gets.

The role of Peggy plays to the actress’s gift for combining deceptive strength and guile with underlying vulnerability; it’s a performance haunted by ghosts and informed by the Dunst’s own career history, from the Midwestern beauty queen she played in Drop Dead Gorgeous (reviving her pitch-perfect Minnesota accent, at the very least) to her gloriously lived-in performance as Marion Davies in The Cat’s Meow, another exploration of a fundamentally good woman involved in a complicated cover-up. It allows Dunst to once again play a woman who puts on a pretty, serene face to the outside world yet is falling apart on the inside, a victim of both her own mistakes and a society that simultaneously worships and torments beautiful women.

(…)Dunst has quietly racked up such an impressive career that it’s likely some of her fans don’t even realize how young she was when she started, Even before Interview With the Vampire introduced her to the public in a big way, she’d already scored roles in movies from Brian De Palma (Bonfire of the Vanities) and Woody Allen (New York Stories). But it’s Dunst’s performance in Fargo, a wildly cinematic, newfangled television show quasi-adapted from a famous movie, that paradoxically illustrates what a true, old-school movie star she really is.

Read the whole article at GQ website.

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