For ages, Bill Hader was mostly known as a gifted, rubber-faced comedian and impressionist—and for being one of the very few actually funny highlights of Saturday Night Live. Those in the know were also aware of the fact that he is the owner of one of the best laughs in Hollywood.
And then Barry happened. The dark HBO dramedy about an exisentially challenged hitman (a sub-genre I personally will just never tire of) was one of those roles an actor sometimes gets, that completely blows apart the public’s perception of them, re-arranging the pieces in strange, new configurations previously thought impossible. Sure there were times prior to Barry in which Hader’s dramatic chops could be seen. The otherwise quite formulaic and pedestrian drama, The Skeleton Twins—greatly elevated by Hader’s deft turn as one half of a depressed twin duo—came out all the way back in 2014, for example. But even just from watching him on SNL it was clear that Hader always meant for greater things. For those paying attention, in other words, Hader’s range was evident; his under-use even more so. Let there be no going back from Barry. I’m not saying I want Hader pigeonholed as a terrifyingly efficient killing machine. But I’m also not saying that I wouldn’t welcome a few more of those kinds of roles. Casting directors, writers, director—for your consideration, here is Hader as the T-1000, courtesy of that heinous beast, deepfake technology: