As melancholy as Zozo, it’s not surprising that he’s a bit of a tough guy. According to Tindle, the obvious artist for Zozo to cover on “Lost Ollie” is Hank Williams. In the interview, he explained that one moment of the series featuring the cover of Williams’ 1949 classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, felt appropriate when casting Nelson. However, those are not the reasons you might think.
“When [the song] was in the script and we were going to go casting, Tim Blake Nelson was our first and really only choice for Zozo,” Tindle said. So we’re lucky to have him, but […] he said, “Hey, I want to do this, but I want to make sure I sing some Hank Williams in it.”
Now that’s some random timing. Look, after “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” any opportunity to hear Nelson sing a good tune is one that should never be wasted. Thankfully, Tindle didn’t let this opportunity go to waste.
“I said, ‘Yes, absolutely. If I could give you more, I would,” said Tindle [recording] call, he’ll bring his guitar, and he’ll play the guitar, and he’ll sing a little bit. “
If you want to hear Nelson cover Hank Williams, check out “Lost Ollie” when it airs on Netflix on Wednesdays.
https://www.slashfilm.com/977779/lost-ollie-actor-tim-blake-nelson-made-a-very-specific-request-before-signing-on/ Lost Ollie actor Tim Blake Nelson made a very specific request before signing in