Bill Hader stops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday where he chats about his hit HBO series “Barry” and reveals how he was “forced” to start working out for the role.
The 40-year-old actor plays a former U.S. Marine-turned-low-rent-hitman in the show and that required him to start hitting the gym. “I have this great trainer… Kim… and she just beats me up,” Hader explains.
He also reveals the inspiration behind the character of NoHo Hank, the popular Chechen gangster played by Anthony Carrigan. Initially, the character was a stereotypical, angry bad-guy, until Hader had to take his Mac to be repaired.
“My computer wasn’t working so I couldn’t write, so had to take it to the Genius Bar at the Apple store,” Hader recalls. “And the guy there was so nice and so cool that I came back and I said, ‘Let’s make him like the guy from the Genius Bar.'”
Rather than the tried and tested mean gangster, NoHo Hank took on the life of a hospitable Apple store employee.
“When you’re at the Genius Bar, you’re really mad because your computer doesn’t work. And they’re just like, ‘Oh yeah, sure man, I can help you with that. While you wait we have a Starbucks across the street, like, to go over there.'”
Later in the show, Hader answers DeGeneres’ “Bowl of Interesting Questions” and reveals his first celebrity crush was Phoebe Cates in “Gremlins”, and that the person that makes him laugh the hardest is comedian Martin Short.
The Emmy-winning “Barry” recently started its second season.