Steve Buscemi visited The Late Show Friday, where the actor and Stephen Colbert discussed an unexpected topic: Republican presidential candidate John Kasich's hatred toward the Coen Brothers classic Fargo. Buscemi read from the three pages of Kasich's memoir Stand for Something that were dedicated to how Fargo was "graphic and brutal and completely unnecessary."
To mock Kasich's feelings toward the cult film that spawned an acclaimed television series, The Late Show turned that anecdote from Stand for Something into an imagined TV movie where Buscemi, as Kasich, storms into his local Ohio Blockbuster in the late Nineties to demand they cease renting out the film.
"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," Buscemi's Kasich tells Colbert's Blockbuster manager. "I demand Blockbuster take this title off your shelves or I swear that someday Blockbuster will be put out of business." Colbert's character snaps back, "Sir, Blockbuster is built on a rock-solid business model of people getting in their cars and driving 30 minutes to find a movie that may or may not be there. And then driving back two days later to avoid a late fee. We will be here forever."
The sketch ends with Kasich feeding the Blockbuster employee into the video chain's "cassette grinder," a nod to Buscemi's character's death in the Kasich-despised Fargo. While the death-by-wood chipper scene is regarded as one of the best movie deaths in film history, Buscemi – who has been killed a lot on the silver screen – has a surprise pick for his favorite on-screen death: His sudden, fatal heart attack in The Big Lebowski.