If there is one lesson we learn from studying Liam Neeson’s career, it’s that you are never too old to be a badass action hero. He was 56 when Taken came out.
Now at the tender age of 58, Bob Odenkirk, the Emmy-winning actor best known as the silver-tongued shady lawyer Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, is ready to show off his very particular set of skills.
In Nobody — written by Derek Kolstad (John Wick), produced by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), and directed by Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) — Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back.
When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen), seems to pull only further away.
The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills.
In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Odenkirk said, “I really wanted to go way far outside, like 180 degrees outside my comfort zone. Just commit to this guy, commit to his rage, and commit to his commitment to what he’s doing.”
And judging from the trailer, Odenkirk — who trained two years for the role, picking up boxing, jujitsu, karate and judo — is really, really committed. If Liam Neeson needs an onscreen partner, give Bob a call.
Nobody opens in cinemas on Feb 25.