It’s almost too easy for an IMDb user to edit a star’s profile, which is perhaps why Bob Odenkirk’s IMDb biography page features three weird “trademarks” for the actor and filmmaker, including one that gets to the heart of his comedic appeal: “Frequently plays foolish but extremely confident characters.” The actor has spent the better part of the past decade playing that exact archetype, thanks to his turn as smarmy lawyer Saul Goodman (aka the less-smarmy Jimmy McGill) on “Breaking Bad” and its spinoff “Better Call Saul.”
No surprise that it has rubbed off on his other roles, including his voice work on “The Incredibles 2,” which came to market fast enough to feel like a natural extension of his best-known character. Because of a release date swap with “Toy Story 4,” “Incredibles 2” is hitting theaters more a year before its planned June 2019 release date. Even with that added pressure, Odenkirk says that characters like Odenkirk’s superhero-obsessed Winston Deavor were still able to evolve during production.
“He changed more than I expected,” Odenkirk said. “I know that the movie was done in a shorter amount of time because they had more confidence in the story. Brad had confidence in the story that he had. Pixar usually takes more time than this. It felt like a fairly long time to me, but they were like, ‘This is a rush job for us because we believe in it.’”
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Odenkirk worked on the film for over a year, taking turns in the recording studio while also working on the much-anticipated fourth season of “Better Call Saul.”
While Odenkirk has easily slipped into the role of “Slippin’ Jimmy” on his AMC shows, he subverts that stereotype in “Incredibles 2.” Brad Bird’s film finds Odenkirk voicing the exuberant Winston Deavor, who offers the struggling Parr family (including Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack) the chance to change the public perception of superheroes. Still, marketing for the film has played up Odenkirk’s outsized persona, and when IndieWire asked the actor about his supposed “trademark,” he drew a direct line to his new animated gig.
“Most comedy is foolish, but extremely confident,” Odenkirk said. “At least in this case, …read more