Person: Bob Odenkirk explains how he went to full John Wick

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The new trailer for Nobody shows us something many thought they’d never see: Bob Odenkirk being a tough guy. We caught up with Odenkirk to find out how the man known for his comedic performances on Mr. Show and Better Call Saul made this unlikely turn into an action movie hero. “I trained for two years before I started filming. I knew I had a long way to go. I was a comedy writer for 25 years, so I didn’t even exercise for most of my life, ”Odenkirk told IGN. Watch the exclusive trailer below:Odenkirk set out with the goal of fighting for the film. He spent hundreds of hours in the gym practicing the choreography over and over again until he was right. That doesn’t mean he decided to build a muscular body like Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans – “We weren’t trying to develop a superhero body. I look like a father, I look like an ordinary guy. Maybe I eat less burgers than you do, but I still eat burgers ”- but rather a physique that would seem to take a beating and add to his performance. “I said, when this guy is hurt, I want that pain to go on. So many times people get hit and they shake it and they are fine. I wanted him to feel the full impact of the fighting and the violence.
But as intense as Odenkirk’s physical diet was, something else proved to be the hardest part of making this movie. “The hardest part of making Nobody was being deprived of the ironic dimension. of performance. I wanted to play some kind of serious action hero like Charles Bronson in Death Wish, in those 70s movies that I loved growing up, Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry and all that. So I was going to deprive myself of being a wise man and making fun of myself, ”he says. “It’s hard for me to do a really serious scene. … And this also goes for Better Call Saul. When I’m not giving the audience a little wink, when the character knows he’s funny and I can do it, it’s more my natural state.

And so with two years of combat training and rigorous drills under his belt, Bob Odenkirk was ready to start filming Nobody. With a lot of the same team that made John Wick also on board, is he going to fight comparisons with this franchise as well?

“Look, you’re going to see the DNA of John Wick’s writer in Nobody, but it’s fundamentally different than John Wick,” Odenkirk explained. “In my case, the character and his own inability to contain his frustration and rage is what causes danger around him. It’s a more complex story put together. ”

No one, screenwriter Derek Kolstad, is best known for telling the story of John Wick, and while Odenkirk’s character is also a man capable of great violence, he has a much different background.

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“Derek took a little longer to develop this character of this guy that’s hidden away as a suburban dad, and he did it on purpose, so he invested in his own hiding place and he did it for a while. long period of time. So there’s a long story told where this guy struggles, ”Odenkirk said. “Once he lets himself out, he causes all the other violence in the film. We wanted to play that intense lyrical rage that this character feels.

But that wasn’t all new territory for the longtime comedy writer. Ultimately, choreographing a fight scene is a lot like the writer’s rooms in which Odenkirk has spent much of his career.

“I was shocked at how familiar I was playing the fight scenes, how much they reminded me of a Mr. Show writers’ room, or SNL when I was there,” recalls -he. “It’s that thing to bring a group of people into a room, to solve a problem, in the case of comedy writing if it’s a sketch idea… to work together and find solutions, who uplift the moment or are intelligent. And I couldn’t believe how it felt like being a comedy writer again. We do it and the director says cut, everyone laughs.

Directed by Ilya Naishuller, Nobody also stars Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, Gage Munroe, Paisley Cadorath and RZA. Nobody hits theaters in the United States on February 26.

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