The recently released revenge-action film Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Mr. Show), seemed to pop up out of nowhere with a sudden announcement and subsequent theatrical release on March 26. But as Variety is reporting, its star “underwent two years of training to do his own stunts.”
For the everyman turned action star, it’s an impressive amount of dedication, but hardly a shock as hardcore Better Call Saul fans have heard Odenkirk’s fitness regimen discussed for years on the Better Call Saul Insider Podcast. (Particularly around the comic actor being directed to make his character less athletic onscreen and pretend to be winded more easily.) In addition to that work, while also filming Better Call Saul, Variety says Odenkirk “trained twice a day for 45 minutes in martial arts with stuntman Bernhardt.” Once production got underway for Nobody, that 45 minutes became a total of two hours minimum.
“When you have a star who is willing to learn complicated bits of [fight choreography], it becomes a bit easier,” director Ilya Naishuller said. “We could do everything without cheating the camera.”
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