How much improv did Bill Hader do, if any?
I can tell you there is no joke I wrote where I went, “I hope Bill sticks to the script.” Andy does a lot of takes. Bill likes to improv, so there are a lot of jokes in the movie that are his improv. But, there are also jokes that were in the script. (Screenwriter Gary Dauberman)
“Half of my brain is thinking about the writing, and the other half is thinking about the themes [during shooting],” Hader says. “I’ve had [costars] Stephen Root and Henry Winkler going, ‘Hey, man, you’re mouthing my words.’ You really have to split your brain to do this job.” [via LA TIMES)
“Before he started winning Emmys for murdering peopleon HBO’s Barry, Bill Hader established himself as one of the funniest, most versatile cast members in Saturday Night Live history.” (nerdist)
Of the 15 men who’ve won more than one Best Comedy Actor Emmy, only five of them did so without at least one string of back-to-back wins — all of whom are two-time champs.
Why would he purposely go slightly off-script? Because it would get him over the hump. According to Hader, screwing up would trick his brain into thinking “OK, you messed up and now you’re fine. You’re still here. You’re still breathing. Nothing bad happened.”
Not everything in life should be about awards, but it should be about recognizing and appreciating brilliance when we see it. And while it’s easy to pop onto the Internet and shout at everyone (and no one) that “This person needs a statue!” in some cases, that really couldn’t be truer.
And so I am here today to announce that Bill Hader needs several Emmys for tonight’s episode of Barry, please and thank you. Sure, he took home the gold decoration at last year’s Emmys for Actor in a Comedy Series (and Henry Winkler won in the Supporting category), and the HBO series was also nominated in the Writing and Directing for a Comedy Series, as well as Outstanding Comedy Series categories. But after watching the fascinating and fucked up “ronny/lily” episode tonight, all those trophies should be ON LOCK for Barry, and specifically Hader, at this year’s ceremony.
(more at Decider)