Presidential hopeful John Kasich couldn’t stand the crime thriller “Fargo,” but maybe he’ll enjoy this movie about how much he hated it.
Actor Steve Buscemi, who memorably disappeared into a wood chipper in the grisly 1996 black comedy, stopped by Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” Friday to ridicule the Ohio governor’s disdain for his hallmark film — by reenacting the nearly three pages Kasich devoted to it in his 2006 memoir, “Stand for Something.”
“I have personally financed a film based on this book, starring me as John Kasich,” the “Horace and Pete” star joked.
Steve Buscemi and Stephen Colbert star in a dramatic retelling of Gov. John Kasich’s memoir.
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The “film” opens in late ‘90s Columbus, Ohio, where Kasich said he’d rented “Fargo” from a Blockbuster video store and later phoned to complain about the movie’s “brutal and completely unnecessary” scene in which Buscemi’s villainous Carl Showalter is ground to bits.
Sporting a glossy brown helmet of a wig, Buscemi-as-Kasich demanded to speak to mustachioed manager Colbert, who was busy feeding VHS tapes into a “cassette grinder” modeled after the film’s rusty wood chipper.
“I came in here yesterday looking for a movie to watch with my wife Karen, and you recommended I rent this garbage!” Buscemi fumed.
Kasich recently defended his choice to eat pizza with a fork.
“My wife and I looked at each other and thought, ‘What the heck are we watching here?’ It rubbed us in so many wrong ways,” he declared in a near-verbatim reading from Kasich’s book. “I demand that Blockbuster take this title off your shelves, or I swear that someday Blockbuster will be put out of business!”
Buscemi and Colbert also dedicated a good deal of the faux short film to ridiculing Kasich’s blow-by-blow account of the mundanities of renting a video from Blockbuster.
Buscemi’s character disappears into a wood chipper in “Fargo.”
Unfortunately for the low-polling GOP contender, however, the story still ended with one character — this time the orange-sneakered Colbert — receding into the jaws of a wood chipper.
“Fargo” isn’t the only cultural institution Kasich has affronted recently — he raised eyebrows last week for his controversial decision to tackle a New York slice with a fork, a la Mayor de Blasio.