The trailer for the action film Nobody has just been unveiled. Directed by Ilya Naishuller and worn by Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen and Christopher Lloyd, the feature film will be released in our theaters on March 10th.
Bob Odenkirk in action man! Noted for his work on the Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul, the 58-year-old actor takes his first steps in an action film with Nobody. A territory hitherto unknown for the actor who wanted to get out of his comfort zone. Directed by Ilya Naishuller – to whom we owe the supercharged Hardcore Henry – the feature film is written by Derek Kolstad (John Wick) and produced by David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde …). A team specialized in action for this film which follows Hutch Mansell (Odenkirk), a father without history but who accumulates a lot of frustrations. As burglars return home, Hutch will defend himself and use great violence. An incident that will bring back the secrets of his past …
On the occasion of the launch of this supercharged trailer that brings to mind the first John Wick, we were able to speak with Russian director Ilya Naishuller. *
Ilya Naishuller : My agent sent me Derek Kolstad’s script and I was immediately intrigued by this epic written by the man who created the John Wick series. He is a specialist in action films and that’s good, since I know myself in this field!
Reading the script, I immediately understood what the central theme of this adrenaline-filled feature film was. I spoke with Derek and Universal about it and they stuck with my idea of what the real subject of the movie was; namely addiction to violence.
Become a “nobody” again after being a killer
AlloCiné: Can you introduce us to Hutch, the main character played by Bob Odenkirk?
Hutch Mansell, the main character, is a maniac of violence. It is Bob Odenkirk who embodies it. He was the one who approved me as a director because he had already been hired. Hutch is someone who makes a series of bad choices and these will lead him down the path of violence, he cannot escape it. He is a kind of James Bond, forcibly retired at the age of 30, who must resume a “normal” life. This is of course impossible when you have lived a life full of violence like this. How do you get back to “normal” after spending your life killing people? How to become a “nobody” again?
AlloCiné: Your previous film, Hardcore Henry, was very violent, will this be the case for Nobody?
It’s a film without compromise! But this is not action-torture porn! I don’t like to be ultra violent. I just want to show violence as it is, without making it “glamorous”. So, yeah, there is a lot of blood, but I avoid disgusting and adding for free like an unhealthy voyeur. I want people to be entertained but at the same time to think about the impact that the movie they watched can have. In this case, the impact of violence in our society.
For me, it was essential to make a film that says things, or at least, that forces the audience to ask questions. Nobody seems to me to be a film that combines intelligence and entertainment. It’s rare these days, especially in big studio movies. I applaud Universal for believing in it as much as I did.
AlloCiné: Tell us a little more about your casting?
AlloCiné: What was the biggest difficulty on the set?
Making a film is never easy. There are always a ton of challenges to overcome but here the biggest difficulty has been the cold. Indeed, we filmed in winter in Canada in the city of Winnipeg, where the character of Winnie the Pooh was born. In February the thermometer drops to -15 degrees!
It’s not easy to stay focused and ask your actors to do the same scene over and over. But in the end, everyone was able to fight the cold. It also gives a certain atmosphere to the screen. You will see…
Nobody is released in our theaters on March 10th.
* Interview by Emmanuel Itier