From the Netflix series Arrested Development to feature comedies like Game NIght, Jason Bateman is known for bringing the funny. But with the Netflix series Ozark he had the chance to hone his dramatic chops, not only as an actor but a director.
“I feel very fortunate that I was embraced, hired and encouraged to do dramatic work,” Bateman said during a panel at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmy event. “I’ve dabbled in that — I do it when I am allowed to.”
But with Ozark, Bateman had something else in mind.
“This was originally something I was really excited to do as a director,” he admitted. “I really wanted to challenge myself to direct a 600-page movie. I was gonna direct all 10 episodes.”
When all was said and done, he only directed the first two and the last two episodes because of time. But as executive producer, he got to “scratch that itch” by overseeing the whole process.
Julia Garner, who plays the scene-stealing Ruth opposite Bateman’s Marty, was also on the panel, saying she was excited to be part of such an acclaimed show and to work with Bateman.
“I feel so lucky to have worked on this and play this character,” she said. she adds that she said the script was “amazing” when she first read it. “I was obsessed with it,” she added. “I felt like I needed this part.”
Check out the conversation above.