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Tim Blake Nelson (‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’) sings, dances and kills, but ‘I could never think of him as a psychopath’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Tim Blake Nelson (‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’) sings, dances and kills, but ‘I could never think of him as a psychopath’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Tim Blake Nelson first heard about “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” in 2002, when Joel and Ethan Coen handed him a short script about a cheerful, singing cowboy who often finds himself in violent situations. The filmmaking siblings told him it was one of several western stories that “would be written over the years.” But it wasn’t until 2016 that the final five vignettes were completed and assembled into a feature-length script. Watch our exclusive video interview with Nelson above.

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As the titular Buster, Nelson gets to sing, dance and kill on his journeys through the Wild West. But he doesn’t see the character as a villain. “As an actor, you learn early on that you’ve got to advocate for your character,” he explains. “Mostly that means figuring

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