Bob Odenkirk wanted his hit action film to “destroy” his career
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Bob Odenkirk wanted his hit action film to "destroy" his career

You have loved him as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and you have been taken by pleasant surprise at his presence in The Bear and I Think You Should Leave. Now you need to see Bob Odenkirk in another avatar.

Odenkirk’s action-packed film Nobody has taken the Netflix world by storm, securing the sixth spot on the global top ten list of films. The movie has successfully accumulated an impressive 10.6million hours viewed, captivating audiences in as many as 21 countries.

Directed by Ilya Naishuller, known for his work on the innovative action film Hardcore Henry, Nobody is a rollercoaster ride of adrenaline and suspense. The screenplay, penned by Derek Kolstad, the creative mind behind the John Wick series, is a gripping one.

In this action thriller, Odenkirk portrays Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked suburban dad with a mysterious past. When his family becomes the target of a break-in robbery, Mansell’s dormant skills resurface, leading to a relentless and exhilarating quest for justice. Mansell’s past also threatens to unravel. He is not the nice dad-next-door after all.

The Better Call Saul star had a strange confession about doing Nobody. He told GQ, “I wanted to make it right, and I wanted it to maybe destroy my career.” This was his shot at also being known as an action star. He said, “I wasn’t sure it would be—but in a lot of ways, playing this part was cathartic for me.”

Known for having a dark, oddball, yet unnerving sense of humour, Odenkirk was not ready to inject any comedy into Nobody, “It’s going to be not ironic. I’m not going to wink at the camera. Every time I do anything violent, I want a look of fear underneath the brazen, blazing vengeance. I want uncertainty and fear to permeate my character through the whole movie. I’m not going to be cute, and I’m not going to do funny stuff.”

As Nobody dominates the Netflix charts, it solidifies Bob Odenkirk’s versatility as an actor. A sequel for the film is also in the works. 

You can watch Nobody on Netflix and check out the trailer here: