Bill Hader knows exactly how to annoy barry co-star Henry Winkler while filming the HBO series.
Hader doesn’t just play along barry, but he is also the writer and director of the series. Juggling all of those roles can be a little nerve-wracking, so he sometimes muzzles dialogue along with the actors during a scene — driving the other actors, including Winkler, “insane.”
Bill Hader says he’ll sometimes silently recite “Barry” lines along with the cast
During a live tour performance at the Conan O’Brien needs a friend Podcast Hader said performing live stresses him more than directing barry. O’Brien recalled that Winkler could sometimes see Hader “saying the words” while trying to act, Hader said.
“Yeah, it’s driving him crazy,” Hader confirmed. “It drives everyone crazy. All the actors on the show say, ‘Please stop.’ And it drives people crazy.”
O’Brien wondered if Hader did it when he was actually in the scene or if he was directing. “There were times when two shots would be taken of us and then the DP would say, ‘I can see your mouth moving with him.’ F***! Sorry… sorry everyone, sorry.”
Bill Hader doesn’t get that nervous about directing
“Yeah, it’s weird,” Hader said earlier in the discussion. “[Directing] doesn’t stress me that much. I’m fine now, but it’s the anticipation of it. It’s the expectation of getting out of here. I wake up this morning and I’m like, ‘I’m going to be on Conan. We’ll be at the Wiltern, oh man.’ And my heart’s getting a little… you know.’
“But when you direct, you solve problems,” he continued barry. “And you have a very clear idea of what you want, and that can kind of take over. And then you work with great people like Henry Winkler and so on. It’s really not that difficult.”
He spoke about being scared before performing
Hader, who was a leading man Saturday night live has been talking about his performance anxiety for eight years. He spoke of being almost scared to take that SNL Stage and used coping mechanisms to get through sketches.
“I think Bill started making impressions of people as a defense that scared him,” SNL creator Lorne Michaels told The New Yorker. “Of course he finished me – almost all of them SNL makes a Michaels impression – because despite all the evidence to the contrary, he was convinced that I would fire him every time he passed me in the hallway.”
Hader told The New Yorker and the podcast that actor Jeff Bridges gave him the best advice to help him manage his anxiety.
“When Jeff Bridges was hosting the show, he noticed I was nervous in rehearsals and he said to me, ‘I worked with Robert Ryan The Iceman is comingand before every take he was sweating the bullets,” he recalled.
“I asked him about it, and he said, ‘I’d be really scared if I wasn’t scared,'” Hader says. “‘So that nervousness you’re feeling, that’s your buddy, man!’ So now I always think that instead of fighting my demon, I’ll invite it to sit on my shoulder.”
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