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Netflix Stars Explain ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Private Life’ and ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ – The Contenders NY

Netflix Stars Explain ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Private Life’ and ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ – The Contenders NY

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs actor Tim Blake Nelson first received the script for the Coen brothers-directed project back in 2002. Private Life director Tamara Jenkins revealed she wasn’t sure she wanted to broach the topic of infertility before embarking on Private Life. And Maggie Gyllenhaal said she needed to own the role of an educator obsessed with her student’s genius in The Kindergarten Teacher.

The trio of films represented the contingent of Netflix films taking the spotlight Saturday at The Contenders NY, the biggest company grouping of the all-day event.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from Joel and Ethan Coen had a long gestation. The filmmaking duo completed a number of other projects before turning back to Scruggs with Tim Blake Nelson in the saddle as Buster. “I like to say Buster Scruggs is a great friend, but you wouldn’t want him as an enemy,” said Nelson.

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