Don’t ever ask “Barry” star Bill Hader that question again

Bill Hader admits he’s not a fan of press parties.

A recent episode of “Barry” – the dark HBO comedy Hader helped create – perfectly skewers the relentless falsehood and stupidity of junkets and the questions asked.

“You know how nice it is when you get new questions,” the Saturday Night Live alum said in a recent interview with The Post. “It’s a nice interview because it’s about newer issues. It’s the stuff where they ask you, ‘How did you come up with the idea for the show?’ when you’re doing season 3 and you’re like, “Google that question and my name.” I’ve answered that about 50,000 times.”

The 43-year-old actor revealed that the inspiration for the ‘Barry’ press trip within the show came from his own experience.

“It came when I was doing a movie called ‘Skeleton Twins’ and someone asked me about suicide because that movie is about suicide and I gave a thoughtful answer about suicide,” he explained. “And then he said, ‘I have to go. One last question, what do you think of Ben Affleck as Batman? So that’s kind of where it all came from.”

Bill Hader and Henry Winkler present "barry"
Henry Winkler plays Hader’s acting coach in Barry.
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In “Barry,” which is currently in its third season and was officially extended by a fourth, Hader plays Barry Berkman, a jaded killer who finds a new purpose after joining an acting class in Los Angeles. Henry Winkler, 76, won his first Emmy for his hilarious portrayal of his narcissistic acting teacher.

“Trainwreck” star Hader said he had to stop any thought of taking action against The Fonz because otherwise “I wouldn’t get anything done,” he said.

“The same goes for Stephen Root. I’m such a fan of his,” Hader added of the 70-year-old actor, who plays Barry’s mentor Monroe Fuches.

Michael Che and Bill Hader continue as Stefon "SNL."
Stefon was one of Hader’s memorable characters on SNL. He is shown here with Weekend Update host Michael Che.
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“So I just focus on the scene and we do that,” Hader continued. “Sometimes I forget until the crew does something and he goes to Fonzie and starts making Fonzie – and then everyone goes insane. ‘Oh right, you’re an icon.’”

Hader shared that he had no problem playing such a depressed character.

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader present "train wreck."
Hader played Amy Schumer’s love interest on Trainwreck.
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“I never think about it that way,” he explained. “Everyone always asks me, ‘Oh, it must be so hard to take this character home?’ I don’t think about it like that.

“Maybe that’s why actors are as impossible as humans because that’s how it is here on the surface,” he continued. “So you work and you write and you make stuff and it’s like, ‘Okay, you have to do this scene where you freak out,’ you can just do it and be like, ‘How was that?’ … ‘Oh, I have to do it right here for the light? Sorry guys, let’s just do it again.’ Then you do it again.” Don’t ever ask “Barry” star Bill Hader that question again

Dais Johnston

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