It was an eventful, frequent-flyer kind of winter for Spencer Drever.
From December until March, the young actor from Cloverdale flew to Calgary with his mother every two or three weeks, for a couple days at a time, to film his scenes in Fargo, a TV series on FX Canada.
The 10-year-old kid plays Gordo, the oddball nephew of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by Martin Freeman. Spencer is in four of the 10 episodes.
â€œFilming was great,â€ Spencer raved, â€œand it was the first time I went outside the province, outside the Vancouver area, for acting. We got to stay in a fancy hotel, where there was a really nice secretary who gave me Skittles, which I loved.â€
The dark-comedy series, based on the 1996 Coen brothersâ€™ film of the same name, stars Billy Bob Thornton as a drifter who arrives in Bemidji, Minnesota, and influences the population with his malice and violence.
Spencer and his family, including mom Lisa and dad Lee, watched the series debut on Tuesday, April 15.
â€œWe had to cover his eyes a few times,â€ said Spencerâ€™s mom, Lisa, with a laugh. â€œThere are dirty and nasty scenes, but itâ€™s a really good show…. Spencerâ€™s part gets really good, and itâ€™s exciting to watch.â€
While filming the first season of Fargo, Spencer didnâ€™t miss many of his Grade 5 classes at Adams Road Elementary.
â€œThey didnâ€™t keep him there too long, so he didnâ€™t miss out on too much of his regular-life stuff, like school and hockey,â€ Lisa said. â€œWe only missed one game and one practice. They even changed his flight to a later time so he didnâ€™t miss his hockey wrap-up party.â€
Spencerâ€™s first acting job was a small role in the 2011 movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. More recently, heâ€™s worked on the TV shows Plum Landing, The 100 and Signed, Sealed and Delivered.
For Fargo, Spencer quickly learned to speak in a Minnesotan accent, and heâ€™s the only Canadian resident in the showâ€™s large cast. â€œAnd Iâ€™m the only kid, which I love,â€ he added.
Full episodes the series can be viewed at Fxnowcanada.ca/shows/fargo.