Barry’s Bill Hader Teases His Character’s ‘Uncomfortable’ Season 2 Evolution


And yet, Hader needn’t have worried. The show’s first season was embraced by viewers and critics, with both Hader and Henry Winkler — aka Barry’s megalomaniac acting teacher, Gene Cousineau — taking home Emmy Awards. Now, on the brink of Season 2, I remind Hader of that conversation we had a year ago. Crisis averted! People are totally on board with this lovable murder machine, right? “Yeaaaahh,” replies Hader slowly, letting out a disbelieving laugh. “Hopefully that’ll continue, because this season Barry is going to evolve in a way that might be…uncomfortable. That feeling I had has not gone away.”

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‘Barry’ photo from a reader

Hey folks, love your site – just wanted to pass along a pic of an ad for Barry that I saw earlier today. 
The web address goes to HBO’s site for Barry. I haven’t tried the phone number yet!
Apologies for the crappiness of the pic, it was taken from a moving car. If I’m in the area again I’ll try to take a better one (this was on Lincoln around Venice in LA). 
I just tried the number-it’s a recording of Gene!
[Thank you, “Grilled Cheese!” for the photo!)

‘Bill Hader Kills’


                                                                                                                                                                                                    (photo by Malerie Marder)

Hader does something alchemical in the scene: you feel that Barry is drowning in a black lake of yearning and self-hatred. To convey that despair, Hader said, he borrowed the way his high-school friend Duffy Boudreau, who writes for the show, holds his breath when he’s nervous, as well as Alec Berg’s wide-eyed look of shock. When pressed, he acknowledged that the moment also reflected high-school memories: “Being heartbroken by my first girlfriend. And Scholastic Night, when me and this other kid were the only two kids out of seventy not invited, because you had to have a C average—and I just felt like a dummy.” His sister Kara told me that she was startled by that scene: “I couldn’t believe that Bill was finally showing himself, finally being vulnerable to being denied and having his heart broken. I was almost brokenhearted watching it.”

[thank you to reader Lisa! Read the rest at NewYorker]