Bob Odenkirk said he refused to ‘bulk up like a superhero’ for the new action movie ‘Nobody’

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Bob Odenkirk stars in ‘Nobody,’ his first leading role in an action movie. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Universal Pictures
  • Bob Odenkirk stars in the action movie “Nobody,” a change of pace for the actor.
  • While most action stars beef up for their roles, Odenkirk refused to.
  • “I want to do my own fighting, but I also want to look like a dad,” Odenkirk said.
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Action stars are known for being in pretty impressive physical condition for their movies, from Chris Hemsworth and his enormous biceps for the “Thor” franchise to Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord transformation.

But the recently turned action-movie actor Bob Odenkirk, who stars in “Nobody,” has said he refused to follow the trend of getting ripped for his thriller.

In an interview with The Guardian, Odenkirk said: “I was totally against bulking up.”

“I didn’t want to look like a superhero. I’ve had friends who do these superhero movies, and they do that kind of weight training, and it’s all about their biceps and all that s—,” the former “Breaking Bad” star said.

He added: “I said: ‘I want to do my own fighting, but I also want to look like a dad.'”

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Odenkirk in ‘Nobody.’ Universal

“Nobody” features Odenkirk as a man who helps a woman being harassed on a bus only to become the next target of a vicious drug lord out for revenge.

The film is a change of pace for Odenkirk. Starting out as a comedy writer for “Saturday Night Live,” “The Ben Stiller Show,” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” Odenkirk later rose to fame by starring in the acclaimed TV shows “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

His film roles so far have mostly been dramas such as “Nebraska,” “The Post,” and “Little Women.” This is his first action movie, and he told The Guardian that he expected to be laughed out of the room when he told his manager he wanted to star in one.

“But he did not laugh,” Odenkirk said. “Then I expected him to get laughed at when he ran it up the flagpole here in Hollywood. But people responded like, ‘Yeah, that’d be cool.'”

Odenkirk previously explained in April that “Nobody” was partially inspired by his experience with traumatic break-ins to his home.

“The first one was particularly traumatic. We weren’t all OK. And the violation that happened, the damage from that – honestly, there’s parts of it I can’t talk about. I would just say it resonates through our lives,” Odenkirk said. “That sense of being victimized by something you can do nothing about and in no way push back against. It really stayed with me, and it still does.”