When Bill Hader got the call to see if he would like to voice a character in the animated film “The Addams Family 2”, he said he had just watched his three daughters and replied, “Yes”.
“I watched the first one with my kids and they absolutely loved it. It was so much fun, ”he said in a telephone interview on October 1, the day the film hit theaters and hit streaming services.
Hader has stated that he was a fan of Barry Sonnenfeld Addam’s family films in the 90s. While his favorite character is Lurch, he was thrilled to play the role of scientist Cyrus Strange who befriended the young Wednesday Addams at his school’s science fair in an attempt to obtain Addams’ family secrets.
The film is directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the same duo that Hader worked with on the 2016 Definitely Not for Kids animated feature “Sausage Party”. “The Addams Family 2” features Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Javon Walton as Pugsley, Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Snoop Dogg as Cousin It, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester and Bette Midler as Grandma Addams. While the Addams Family is a bit creepy and wacky, the overall feeling of the film is warm and hazy.
“It’s very sweet,” Hader said. “It’s about family, so it’s inherently kind of a relationship on some level, even though they’re crazy. But which family is not?
Hader said he wasn’t sure what his kids would decide to be for Halloween this year, but they still surprise him. He doesn’t like to dress too much and says he’s quite boring this time of year.
“I’m the kind of model who leaves the candy in a bowl in front with the sign that says ‘Take one’, which never works,” he said. “I mainly take kids for walks, but I’m not at all fun on Halloween because a lot of parents like to dress up and I feel like as an actor you do it all the time, so that is like work for me. I should get over it and do this for the kids, but when I ask them, they don’t like when I dress either. It’s super embarrassing for them and they’re like, ‘Just be a dad.’ “
Although he is best known for his comedic roles and was a cast of “Saturday Night Live” for eight years, Hader starred in the terrifying blockbuster “It: Chapter Two”, so he has some experience of acting. kind of horror. He’s a huge fan of horror movies, but no slashers.
“I like the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘Psycho’ is good, but I like things like ‘Alien’ a bit more,” he said. “There’s a movie that came out a few years ago called ‘It Follows’ which is good and a movie that came out last year that I liked, ‘Relic’ with Emily Mortimer. , it was really good. I liked that old British movie called “The Devil Rides Out” about devil worshipers, but I think the best horror movie ever made is “Rosemary’s Baby”. This one really, really puts you in your skin.
While he waits for “That’s the Big Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” to finally air on television, Hader is working hard on the third season of his multi-award-winning HBO TV series “Barry”. It’s a dark comedy created by Hader and Alec Berg that also stars Hader as Barry Berkman, a hitman who inadvertently joins a drama class taught by Gene Cousineau, played by Henry Winkler.
“Oh season three, it’s dark,” he said with a big laugh. “Alec Berg and I are like, ‘Oh, yeah, a half hour comedy… yeah? OK.'”
The second season ended on a cliffhanger, and the third was slated to go into production just before the COVID-19 pandemic closed in early 2020. HBO has not announced a premiere date for the new season.
“We’re up and running and it’s a lot of work, but it’s been a lot of fun and everyone has been so great,” he said. “We were two weeks away from filming when the pandemic happened and everything stopped and we couldn’t start again until almost a year and a half later. But we were all ready to say, ‘It was like’ Oh man ‘, but it was also fun for us to write and work on the story some more.
Although he doesn’t recommend it to others, Hader is a true crime junkie. He has watched videos on the JCS Criminal Psychology YouTube channel because he finds these glimpses of real-life interrogations fascinating.
“They are either people who lie or psychopaths who have no problem with what they have done,” he said. “The problem with that stuff is you don’t want to leave your house.”
He said he tended to stay away from all crimes involving children because it was way too heavy, but when he hears an episode introduction that loosely translates to “He was an idiot and she hated him… “, her interest is piqued.
“All real crime is kind of a horrible thing to engage in,” he said. “You look at him and you’re like, ‘Oh wait, someone’s dead. Guys, it’s awful, someone’s dead, it’s not funny or interesting. ‘ So I’m going to go, I’m not going to watch this anymore and I’m going to turn it off and get stressed out and then you come back like, ‘He was an idiot and she hated him…’ “
“Oh my God, how can I fall asleep with this?” People say, “Oh, do you like real crime? Because I said it and I’m like, “No, no, I don’t think that’s a good thing.” I never want myself or anyone I care about on any of these shows. It’s like you are participating in their pain and everything is amazing. I feel bad so I try to get rid of it and I’m going to say “I can’t watch this (stuff), I’m going to go read the classics” and the next thing you know “They found some ‘DNA on the ceiling…’ ‘Wait, what? Jesus Christ! The ceiling?’ It really is horrible.