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Bob Odenkirk Says Action Scenes are ‘As Much Fun as Being in a Comedy Room’

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Bob Odenkirk quickly went from Breaking Bad to breaking bones with his action flick Nobody last year. And now the 59-year-old is implying he’s not done kicking ass yet.

During a masterclass at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday, Odenkirk explained that he “wants to do more action” projects after he has tasted the genre, according to Deadline Hollywood.

“I was very surprised by Nobody,” Odenkirk stated. “I had initiated that project because I had a feeling that the character I was developing in Better Call Saul was the kind of character you see in an action film. He has earnest desires, and he was willing to sacrifice himself.” 

Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller and written by Derek Kolstad, portrayed Odenkirk as a supposedly gentle family man waging a bloody war after thieves broke into his home and threatened his family.

The film was a change of pace for Odenkirk, who is widely known for his comedic work and his role as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul – which has now been concluded. 

Furthermore, Odenkirk revealed that he is keeping himself in shape in case he is recruited for a role that requires more headbutts in the future.

“I still train multiple times a week,” he stated, “and if I get my way, you’re going to see me doing more action. I found the action sequences a great deal of fun and close to doing sketch comedy… It’s almost like people like to see older people lose their s—. Why does that seem to make sense to everyone? It’s funny.” 

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Action and Comedy are the Same

This is not the first time Odenkirk showed his interest in action and its resemblance to comedy. In an interview with EW about Nobody in 2020, Odenkirk compared the set in action movies and his comedic roles.

“The first-bloodying fight sequences were as much fun as being in a comedy room. I mean, I’ve never had that much fun since we wrote Mr. Show. It’s a group effort. Anytime you see a fight sequence in a movie that has a bunch of people, as soon as they yell, ‘Cut!,’ everyone laughs. There’s all this interaction and group problem-solving that goes on.” 

Odenkirk’s comments in Venice also came a month after Nobody showrunner David Leitch teased that a sequel is in the works. 

In an interview with Collider, Leitch said, “I think all of us want to go back and play in that universe, and we want to see Bob bring that character to life again.”

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