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Tags: Hollywood | bob odenkirk | bulk up | movie

Bob Odenkirk Refused to 'Bulk Up' for New Film

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Bob Odenkirk attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 09, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 07 June 2021 10:14 AM

Bob Odenkirk has revealed that he was completely against bulking up for his new action movie, "Nobody."

In the film, the "Breaking Bad" star plays a suburban dad who transforms into a killing machine after a home invasion during which he does not defend his family in hopes that he could prevent serious violence from unfolding.

Speaking with The Guardian, Odenkirk admitted he did not want to look like a superhero, but like a father for the role.

"I was totally against bulking up," he said. "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 shit. I said: 'I want to do my own fighting, but I also want to look like a dad.'"

The film hit close to home for Odenkirk, whose own family experienced two break-ins that were very "damaging."

"There is a feeling, a residue that stuck with me very strongly, of what else could I have done? I wish I’d done more," he said of the encounter. "If you look back with any perspective at all, you say, 'Well, you did the right thing. You didn’t blow up the danger or make the interaction more damaging than it needed to be.' But you can’t help but think, what else could I have done?"

This is not the first time Odenkirk has opened up about the experiences. Earlier this year he recounted one incident to Fox News. 

"My family has had a home break-in. And as a dad, I tried to keep the damage to a minimum, just like the character in the movie. I grabbed a baseball bat, [the character] grabs a golf club, and there was an altercation," Odenkirk recalled. 

"Police came, and [the event] left me with feelings of frustration and a feeling of wishing for some vengeance or an ability to strike back," he admitted of the real-life incident. "So I thought that was something I could build this character out of and what I offered to Derek."

Speaking about the role in the film with Fox News, Odenkirk said he wanted his character to be relatable, and not invincible. 

"A lot of the action leads in the last twenty years are kind of almost killing machines. They just fight back and they never really show scars. They never really get fatigued. So I wanted to play a guy who accrues damage over the course of the movie," he explained. "When he gets hit, you feel it and you see a certain degree of uncertainty in his eyes when he fights [because] he's not certain that he'll win. I thought that was something I could bring to the genre, and I hope I did."

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Bob Odenkirk has revealed that he was completely against bulking up for his new action movie, "Nobody." In the film, the "Breaking Bad" star plays a suburban dad who transforms into a killing machine...
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