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Best known for his work as a regular cast member of Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader is also familiar to audiences for his stand-out appearances in pretty much every comedy of the past few years, from Superbad, to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, to the upcoming Year One. AMC News talked to him about his recent projects and a few upcoming ones, including which villain he’d like to play in Spider-Man 4.
Q: You appeared in Night at the Museum 2 this weekend, topping Terminator Salvation at the box office. Did you feel a little bit like John Connor after beating the Terminators?
A: I did! It felt good. But now I have to ready myself (and my mother) for retaliation.
Q: A little later on this summer, you’re appearing in Year One… But it’s unclear exactly what part you play?
A: I want people to figure out who I play, because I’m almost
unrecognizable. I bet my sister she wouldn’t be able to tell who I was
until I spoke. I have twenty bucks on the line.
Q: Besides starring with Jack Black, Michael Cera and David Cross, you worked with Harold Ramis. What was that like?
A: Everyone was
freaking out because we were working with Harold Ramis. I talked to him
about Second City in the ’70’s and the early days of SCTV, National Lampoon Radio Hour, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Stripes, Groundhog’s Day. He would talk at length about everything. I was freaking out!
Q: You’re everywhere these days… How many projects are you working on right now?
A: Well, I’m working on Paul this summer. I’m a huge fan of
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. And Greg Mottola is obviously a genius, just
amazing. I feel lucky to be involved with that.
Q: With Superbad, Adventureland and now Paul, that makes a Mottola trifecta. Are you De Niro to his Scorsese?
A: I would love it if he thought I was his De Niro. He’s the best. We bought the rights to a book called The Dog of the South, that we hope to make someday. And, if not that, something else. I told him I would work as an extra in one of his films.
Q: You also have a comic book arriving in stores today. Tell us about the plot, and how you ended up writing it.
A: It’s a one-off Spider-Man story and it takes place on
Halloween. It involves Spider-Man getting mistaken for Ronnie, a drunk
dude dressed up as Spider-Man. Seth Meyers and I worked on it over the
writers strike. We met all the Marvel guys at the Marvel Christmas
party a year ago. I’m friends with Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction and
they got us in. We met Joe [Quesada, editor in chief of Marvel] and he
was like “Write something for us!” and we said, “OK!”
Q: Do you have any aspirations of being in a superhero movie yourself?
A: I don’t know. I don’t really have the build for it. I’d like to play a hick or something if they ever did a Scalped movie. Or a criminal in Criminal. Or a ghoul in the next Hellboy.
Q: If you could be any villain in the next Spider-Man movie, who would you choose?
A: Badger Teeth (read our book!)
Q: Right now,
you’re the ensemble comedy guy. But with the Spider-Man comic and the
horror script you’re writing for Judd Apatow, are
you trying to set up a career after comedy?
A: My feeling has always been “Would I go see this movie?” And
if the answer is “yes” then I do it. If I get a chance to write a comic
book or do a voice in an Adult Swim show, I do it. It’s much more
fulfilling to me and I get to work with people who I’m a fan of. I have
the best job in the world on SNL and it allows me the chance to be a bit picky. I’m enjoying it while I can.
Q: Comedy actors seem to have a tendency to veer towards
drama the first chance they get — why is that? Is that something you
see yourself doing?
A: I’d love to work on a drama. To be honest, I watch way
more dramatic films when I’m chilling at home. I think when you work in
comedy you just want something different in your private life. Makes
you feel balanced I guess. So if I ever work on a drama, I’ll be
watching Caddyshack all day.
Q: So how are you spending your free time?
A: I’m hanging out with my wife and watching movies (I cannot wait for Drag Me to Hell and Up.
I will see both of those multiple times). And reading John Carter of
Mars, Wells Tower’s stories, and any comics I can get my hands on.