We all know Bill Hader from eight years of Saturday Night Live and a slew of memorable characters including, of course, Stefan, and he has also appeared onscreen in films like Pineapple Express, Trainwreck, Tropic Thunder, The Skeleton Twins and upcoming in the horror sequel It: Chapter 2. But increasingly he has been stretching his talents behind the screen, particularly now as co-creator, writer, producer, director and star of HBO’s hit dark comedy Barry, in which he plays a hit man questioning his career choice and trying to discover the actor inside of him.
We talk about this interesting turn in Hader’s career when he joins me for the latest edition of my Deadline video series Behind the Lens. Hader discusses the reasons for expanding his show business career and reveals he really started out in various assistant and even editing jobs on movie and TV shows you would be surprised to see his name on. He also talks about inspirations in writing and directing including Billy Wilder and others, working in the South Park writers room, and how the idea for a pitch black comedy like Barry came about. He also muses on another current series of his, Documentary Now, as well as his surprising fear of doing live TV.
Check out our conversation above. To watch past episodes of Behind The Lens click here.