Bill Hader to Become a 'Henchman' & Play Comedian Vaughn Meader
Aside from being one of the most talented members of the current cast of "Saturday Night Live," comedian Bill Hader has had some great bit parts in films like Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder and more, not to mention lending his voice to the lead character in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. With a substantial role in Paul later this month, the actor is on the rise to become a leading man sooner than later, and a few new projects just might help him on that journey. The Playlist recently sat down with Hader who revealed a couple of new comedies: one with a taste of Jason Bourne and the other a dark comedic sort of biopic.
The first project actually has Hader teaming with another "SNL" talent. Shawn Levy's 21 Laps production banner has set Hader and Akiva Schaffer (part of The Lonely Island comedy troupe behind the infamous "SNL Digital Shorts" and director of Hot Rod) to rework a script for the two to star in and direct respectively. The film is called Henchman and takes a comedic approach to some lesser known characters you might see in a Bourne flick. Here's what Hader had to say:
”[21 Laps] came to us with this script that Akiva and I are now reworking. The film is about two guys who don’t realize it, but they’re two henchman for like the badguy in a ‘Bourne’ movie and then they slowly figure who that they’re working for the wrong guys, but like doing it in the actual style of a ‘Bourne’ movie. The aesthetics of a ‘Bourne’ movie, the shaky and handheld camera, that documentary feeling is how they shoot comedy these days, like ‘The Office’ and ‘Delocated,’ and so we realized we could keep that same style. That would be a different feel for that so’s something we’re working on.”
The second project is a little darker and would likely show Hader's acting talents beyond just being genuinely funny. Over at Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films Hader is attached to a film about Vaughn Meader, an American comedian and impersonator known for his impression of John F. Kennedy and his comedy album about the whole Kennedy clan called The First Family. Hader says:
“It’s about this guy who did these JFK impressions back in the ‘60s and he had this comedy album called The First Family and it was the biggest selling comedy record, still to this day I think it’s one of the biggest selling comedy records. He does this insane, amazing JFK impression and then JFK gets assassinated and his whole career goes away. So Rob Siegel is working on that now. It’s a real interesting piece and in a weird way it feeds into now, just like people becoming super famous overnight, reality stars and stuff. This guy became crazy famous, the president was talking about this guy and then it all went away. It’s really interesting.”
That's right. Rob Siegel, the screenwriter behind Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler and writer and director of Big Fan, a film which showcased comedian Patton Oswalt's fantastic acting talents beyond his usual comedic fare. Both of these projects sounds like great opportunities for Hader to really launch his career to the forefront of comedy. Many people know Hader (though most probably not by name), and I'd really like to see his career take off in the same way that Zach Galifianakis found his career skyrocket after The Hangover. How about you?