Bob Odenkirk

Acting in particular is a fun job when you have a good script. I don’t know about acting when you don’t have a great script. I’m gonna say that’s not a great job, it’s kind of a dumb job. But when you have a good part in a good script, it’s the best job, in a way.

“Acting in particular is a fun job when you have a good script. I don’t know about acting when you don’t have a great script. … Read More

With acting, if a friend asked me to be in a movie or TV show, there’s a lot of things on my résumé I did without reading them or knowing what they were. I just said I’d do that because a friend wrote it, directed, produced, acted in it. With directing, I’m sticking to my guns, not that a lot of people are begging me to direct.

“With acting, if a friend asked me to be in a movie or TV show, there’s a lot of things on my résumé I did … Read More

Not to knock the people who’ve given me the opportunity; I appreciate all the opportunities I’ve gotten, but one of the things I think I really learned from the features I got to direct is that your job as a director is everything about the movie. It’s to pick a story that’s really worth making, and make sure that the basic components are there. You’re not just a part of the team. You’re really in charge, and the responsibility falls on you if all the components aren’t there for a worthwhile film.

“Not to knock the people who’ve given me the opportunity; I appreciate all the opportunities I’ve gotten, but one of the things I think I … Read More

Even if people end up doing awful things, you can empathize with their motives when you know them. When you get to know the person, you can understand why they make those choices, even if they’re bad. And oftentimes people do have good drives that are sympathetic and can even be seen as selfless and good-hearted.

“Even if people end up doing awful things, you can empathize with their motives when you know them. When you get to know the person, … Read More

When you envy actors, only envy them for their good roles. Keep in mind they have to do a lot of roles to make a living, and not all of them are good. When they’re doing a stupid role in a bad production, it’s kind of a dumb thing to do when you’re an adult. When you’re doing a great role that’s well-written, it’s an enviable job.

“When you envy actors, only envy them for their good roles. Keep in mind they have to do a lot of roles to make a … Read More