It’s hard to think of many people in the entertainment industry who’ve taken a stranger path to get to where they are today than Bob Odenkirk.
The actor got his start as a writer on Saturday Night Live in the late 1980s before teaming up with David Cross to create Mr. Show, the sketch comedy series on HBO that managed to attract a cult following.
Odenkirk had a bit of trouble maintaining that momentum when the new millennium rolled around, but after spending around a decade out of the spotlight, he reemerged in a big way when he landed the role of Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad (which led to a spinoff in the form of the critically-lauded Better Call Saul).
We were treated to another fairly unexpected pivot when Odenkirk stepped into the shoes of the unassuming action hero at the center of 2021’s Nobody (a decision that may have inadvertently saved his life based on what he had to say about the heart attack he suffered while filming Better Caul Saul).
So what’s next for the actor? Well, it looks like he’s returning to his comedy roots with a project that has the potential to be one of the weirdest roles he’s ever tackled (which is certainly no small feat).
Earlier this week, podcaster Justin Decloux revealed Odenkirk will be channeling his inner Tommy Wiseau for what appears to be a shot-for-shot remake of The Room, the infamous passion project commonly referred to as “the best worst movie ever made.”
Not a joke! Not an imaginary story! It's for charity and should be coming out… Soon-ish? pic.twitter.com/73AGujnAf6
— Justin Decloux (@DeclouxJ) March 8, 2023
James Franco previously tackled the role of Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, and SlashFilm reports Odenkirk will be treating us to his take on the mysterious figure who served as the writer, director, executive producer, and star of The Room in a project that was undertaken to raise money for The Foundation for AIDS Research.
Let’s get weird.