A roughed up Bob Odenkirk explains his action star turn in Nobody

Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell in "Nobody" (Photo Credit: Allen Fraser/Unive)
Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell in "Nobody" (Photo Credit: Allen Fraser/Unive) /

There is no denying that Bob Odenkirk is an immensely talented performer. But starring in an action movie requires a specific set of skills that aren’t typically associated with Odenkirk. But as he explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the actor was up for the challenge.

Bob Odenkirk made a name for himself as a comedy writer working on shows like Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He gained more notoriety as a performer with Mr. Show with Bob and David before eventually taking on the scene-stealing role of Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul.

It’s not exactly the career path that leads to an ultra-violent action movie from the director of John Wick. Yet that’s just where Odenkirk put himself with Nobody, currently the number one movie in the country.

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Odenkirk showed off his comedic sensibilities before explaining what went into becoming an action star for Nobody. Check out the interview below:

Better Call Saul’s international audience convinced Bob Odenkirk to do Nobody

Bob Odenkirk’s commitment to the bit at the top of his interview with Jimmy Kimmel is a good indication of how seriously he takes his craft. If he was willing to go through all that for a joke, it’s not hard to imagine what he would go through to star in Nobody.

Kimmel wondering if more established action heroes passed on Nobody before it came to Odenkirk isn’t an absurd thought. But the truth is that Odenkirk was behind it all, convinced that he could pull off the role and that the film would have an audience.

According to Odenkirk, the international popularity of Better Call Saul convinced him that he could lead an action movie. Action movies play well around the world and Odenkirk believed he was in good enough shape to take on the intense physical training required to play the character. Cut to the end of two years worth of training and Bob Odenkirk is now a certified action star.

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