On “Better Call Saul” Bob Odenkirk walks a careful line between the Vree comedy and the soul-baring drama. In season five, he plays the unscrupulous lawyer Jimmy McGill on his unfinished path, downstairs to become the character he introduced in “Breaking Bad”, Vall Saul Goodman.
The role is a professional plot twist that continues to delight Odenkirk as well as his longtime fans who first know him as a writer and perform absurd comedy sketches on him “Shanivari Night Live,” “Ben Stiller Show” And “Mr. C. Show with Bob and David.”
Now the 58-year-old actor is trying to make another change in his trajectory, one that is equally, if not more, surprising, staring into it Action thriller “None.”
The film, which will be released in theaters on Universal Friday and on April 16, stars Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell, a seemingly sub-suburban husband and father who has a break-in at his home Shaken by, an incident that makes them violent is revenge and a vengeance with their own past.
Flying fists, broken bones, car chases and explosions, “none” is the expected level of humor you’d expect to find in an action movie. But the film, directed by Ilya Nayushuller (“Hardcore Henry”) and written by Derek Kolstad (“John Wick”), is not a comedy or parody.
As Odenkirk explained in a video interview in February: “It was made as a genre film – pure, unapproachable, anaerotic. Hopefully, we will take it to such an extreme that it will be nothing but a cinematic explosion of fury and elemental fury. “
In addition to his sincere effort whether the audience will cast him in this role – one that is the necessary months for fitness training and fight choreography – Odenkirk is also a creative to work on as a break through his real-life experiences. Using “Nobody” as an outlet. In the victim.
Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, Odenkirk talked about making “Nobody” and how his comedic role came when it came time to plan a fight scene. These are parts of that conversation.
Was it as enjoyable to play the role of an action hero as we all imagine it?
I wasn’t sure if it would be satisfactory or just an awkward challenge, which made no sense to me when I was finally given permission to execute it. I wasn’t sure if I would have been there on set thinking, “It’s way off – it’s not satisfactory by any means.” It was Really Satisfactory and Really enjoy.
Was this the next logical step for you after “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”?
It is not easy to find out what this adds to everything else in my career, and I am not sure I can make it easy for you. When I first approached him, my mind said, “Maybe I could do an action film.” I am in good shape; If I had time, I might have learned. And I think I have the components for an action lead in this “Better Call Saul” character that I play. It is earnest. He is unsure. He finds a way around everything. He is always changing his approach to try to get the latest wrinkle or to appear before him. The only thing is she does not fight.
You were inspired to make this film, in part, by some very frightening personal experiences. Are you comfortable discussing it?
[His voice softens.] I can only talk a little bit about it. My family has had two break-ins in LA, and the first was particularly painful. Residual feelings of despair and anger are real and remain with me. They were something that I thought I could build this character. I know that violence does not solve anything. But trust me, you have a desire to hurt someone who hurts your family.
In the film, your character is embarrassed to subdue his home invaders. Has any police officer really said anything to you?
“I have not done that.” Yes – this means that they must have done something violent or confrontational. My immediate thought was, “Everyone be quiet, get this person out of the house, we’re all fine.”
This is not really true; We were not well at all. And the damage from the breach that happened – honestly, there are parts of it that I can’t talk about. I would just say that it resonates through our lives. The feeling of being a victim of something you cannot do anything about and will not back down against him in any way. It really stayed with me, and it still does. But I enjoyed acting my anger in this film. It’s all funni baloney but super fun.
When did you start taking concrete steps to make it as a film?
This was after the second season of “Better Call Saul” [which aired in 2016]. My brother-in-law sent me a Scragburn of a “Better Call Saul” advertisement on a TV in China. I had already been to Europe twice and met a lot of fans of “Better Call Saul” there. I thought, “I wonder if I can do a film that can play around the world.”
Did you hope that you could meet some resistance to the idea?
Oh, I thought people would just say no. I went to one of my managers and I told him my reasoning, and he said, “I think you may be right.” He started asking around here and there, and he got the same response. It was understandable as people were.
Was your comedy career in any way a path to this goal?
If you know “Mr. Show, “It’s really hard to make that jump. But the fact is that most people do not know it at all. They only know Saul Goodman and Jimmy McGill.
You played Your “Mr. Show “Tenure”, If he helps.
I can go from zero to 80 on the scale of anger, and I did it a lot for comedy. And this is something my father did, when he did it was not just a joke. I would say that I inherited it. But you have it to see when you have the skills. It is often misinterpreted.
Before that, were you an action-film fan?
I really like the Charles Bronson movies and all the “Dirty Harry” movies. Is my favorite “Police Story” with Jackie Chan. If this film works, which people like to say and it enhances good will, then I would love to do a film that is on that larger scale of comic action. As much as I hope that my friends and fans from the world of comedy will meet me here, if I don’t like people who like action films, I couldn’t really do what I was willing to do. It seemed to me that I had to go all the way in that direction.
When did you have to start your physical training for the role?
February 2017. I do cardio; I have done all this before. And I had never hurt my back, my knees. Everything is good, it works. It made me want to run a training facility – an hour and 10 minutes, a few days more – in LA traffic and thought, “You’re training for a film that’s never going to happen, what’s wrong with you? What kind of midlife crisis are you going through? “But I also thought,” If the film doesn’t happen, well, I’ll be in shape. And I have learned something about my body. “
Were you and your colleagues helpful in planning the pieces of the action set?
Let me tell you what I contributed to the battle of the bus [a scene in which Odenkirk’s character faces off against a gang of roughnecks on a public bus]. We always wanted it to be big and brutal – to shake the audience and yes, we are doing it. I said, “He has to hurt himself.” The first thing he does, he misses and he gets a head injury. I also said, “I want to get out of the bus and come back.” By the way, there are a lot of moments that you can transfer into the life of a normal dad by dialing his level of intensity.
If no one “succeeds” enough, do these types of action films become the next chapter in your career?
I shouldn’t worry about that. Because I’m in show business. If they bring me 10 more action films, I can say, “No, thanks.” It’s up to me Tomorrow I’m pitching an animated comedy show with my friend [and “Mr. Show” collaborator] Dino Stamatopoulos. I have a lot to say in that. I am older, I have done a lot. I know that I would never be happy staying in one place anyway. I am not very upset.
Is it fair to say that you are enjoying something in the fate of all this?
I want to have two Bob Odinkirks on my part. Just so I can have a gravity with two opposite sides. “He brought pain,” aside. “My God, that was weird,” at another. Has anyone ever done this? A grave with two different things? One side says, “Dear husband, cherished father.” The other side says, “Disappointed ex-husband, angry father.”
As we are speaking, you are about to start work on the final season of “Better Call Saul”. Is the finality of it all starting on you in the morning?
Not yet. I have so much to do, I can’t think of that. I think there is somewhere left for the bottom line. There is a lot of work ahead of me.
We don’t know how it all ends for Saul Goodman, but we know that the road thus far has taken him to Sinabon’s low-profile gig. Have you made any unannounced stops to Cinnabon recently, just to see what happens?
I have not, but I know what goes into a Cinnabon. My trainer for action films would not be right to enjoy Cinebon with me. But they are good. Enjoy your Cinnabons, people while you can. Someday they want you to do an action film and eat avocado and eggs for a lifetime.