Tim Blake Nelson on ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ and being the Coen brothers’ muse of sorts

Cast member Tim Blake Nelson arrives for the UK premiere of "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" during the London Film Festival. October 12, 2018 Credit: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls.

The Coen brothers have a knack for elevating character actors to leading men. They did it with actor Tim Blake Nelson in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” where he played Delmar O'Donnell. They did it with him again in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” where he plays the title character. His story combines two Western tropes, the singing cowboy and the bloody, cruel Wild West. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is nominated for a few Oscars this year, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Costume Design.