- In “Nobody” Odenkirk plays a father who seeks revenge after his house is broken into.
- He told Vulture that people may “not realize the level of autobiography” in the film.
- He trained for almost two years with the stunt team behind “John Wick.”
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Bob Odenkirk says he pulled from his own life experiences to play an unassuming guy who goes on a vengeful rampage after he and his family are burglarized.
In a recent Vulture story by Chris Lee that details the making of Odenkirk’s new movie, “Nobody,” the “Better Call Saul” star divulged an “incident” that happened to him once in Chicago.
“I had a gun held to my head at 2 a.m. and I gave all my cash to this person,” Odenkirk revealed.
But that’s not all. Odenkirk also told Vulture that his house was broken into – twice.
“I think most people watching this movie will not realize the level of autobiography there is in it,” Odenkirk said. “I had two home break-ins in Los Angeles. One was particularly traumatic. Just a typical dad scenario. What do you do? I grabbed the baseball bat; in the movie, I grab a golf club. I think I did the right thing, as I told myself, and I told the police a thousand times since then. But it doesn’t feel like I did the right thing. ‘Nobody’ is very related to my actual experience of having someone in the house, threatening my family, trying to keep the damage to a minimum.”
With these experiences digging in the back of his mind, he pitched to “John Wick” screenwriter Derek Kolstad the story about a dad who has lost the respect of his son and wife after he does nothing during a break-in of their house and goes on a bloody rampage of revenge. The project eventually got in the hands of “John Wick” co-director David Leitch, who came on as a producer.
Now, Odenkirk is an action star.
The actor didn’t take any shortcuts. Like Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron (who Leitch directed in “Atomic Blonde”) before him, Odenkirk trained for a year-and-a-half to prepare for the role.
“Nobody” director Ilya Naishuller said the first time he met Odenkirk was when he was in training.
“In one corner there was Keanu Reeves training for ‘John Wick 3,’ and he was throwing 12 guys,” Ilya Naishuller recalled. “In the smaller corner of the room was Bob one-on-one. Bob was sweating. It was hard for him. He’d fall down, he’d get back up, he’d shake it off. He’d go again. He’d fall back down and just do it over and over and over.”
Insider has seen “Nobody,” and all we can say is you will never see Bob Odenkirk the same way again.
“Nobody” opens in theaters on Friday.