How Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard Made ‘It Chapter Two’ 2019’s Funniest Horror Movie

While Wolfhard has become a recent staple in hit genre films and TV shows, thanks in large part to his role as Mike in Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, Hader is best known for his comedy. After doing an eight-season run on the long-running Saturday Night Live, Hader went on to co-star in hits like Trainwreck and The Mindy Project, and was part of the voice cast for Bob’s Burgers, Finding Dory, Inside Out, and more. The two might have contrasting résumés, but in reality, the actors couldn’t be more similar— neither wanted to be an actor, both are quieter than what you might expect, and both had to quickly learn how to navigate fame as cast members for popular shows. Their similarities, in turn, made matching the older and younger versions of Richie a snap for the pair.

(mild spoilers in the article at GQ)

Bill Hader reveals he was forced to work out for role on Barry… and he based the character of NoHo Hank on an employee at Apple’s Genius Bar

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My computer wasn’t working so I couldn’t write so had to take it to the Genius Bar at the Apple store,’ he said.

‘And the guy there was so nice and so cool that I came back and I said lets make him like the guy from the Genius Bar.’

He went on to explain that, from there, he wanted NoHo Hank to be extremely hospitable just like the employees at the Apple store.   

‘When you’re at the Genius Bar you’re really mad because your computer doesn’t work. And they’re just like, ‘oh yea, sure man, I can help you with that. While you wait we have a Starbucks across the street like to go over there,’ which got laughs from Ellen and the audience. 

By the time the trouble-shooting was over, Hader was told that his computer stopped working because he spilled syrup all over it, which got some more laughs from the crowd and Ellen.