When Bill Hader got a call to see if he wanted to voice a character in “The Addams Family 2” animated feature, he said he looked at his three daughters and replied, “Yes.”
“I saw the first film with my kids and they really loved it. It was a lot of fun,” he said during a phone interview on October 1, the day the film opened in theaters and hit streaming services.
Haider said he was a fan of Barry Sonnenfeld Adam’s family movies in the ’90s. While his favorite character is Larch, he was excited to play the scientist Cyrus Strange, who befriends young Wednesday Adams at his school science fair in an attempt to gain Adams’ family secrets.
The film is directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the same pair Haider worked on in 2016’s definitively-for-children animated feature “Sausage Party”. “The Addams Family 2” stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Jevon Walton as Pugsley, Oscar Isaacs as Gomez, Snoop Dogg as Cousin, Nick as Uncle Fester Bette Midler as Kroll and Grandma Adams. Although The Addams Family is a bit spooky and kooky, the overall feeling of the film is warm and fuzzy.
“It’s so cute,” said Haider. “It’s about family, so it’s naturally relatable on some level, even if they’re crazy. But which isn’t family?”
Haider said he’s not sure what his kids will decide for Halloween this year, but they always surprise him. He isn’t into grooming himself and said that he is very boring this time of year.
“I’m the kind of dummy who puts candy front in a bowl with ‘a lo’ written on it, which never works out,” he said. “I hang out with the kids mostly, but I don’t have any fun on Halloween because a lot of parents like to dress up and I think as an actor you do that all the time so it feels like work to me.” I should end it and do it for the kids, but they don’t like when I dress up when I ask them. It’s so embarrassing for them and they’re like, ‘Just be a dad’ .'”
Although he is known for his comedic roles and was part of the “Saturday Night Live” cast for eight years, Haider starred in the terrifying blockbuster “It: Chapter Two,” so he has some experience with the horror genre. He is a big fan of horror movies, not just slashers.
“I love the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘Psycho’ is good, but I like things like ‘Alien’ a little more,” he said. “There’s a movie that came out a few years ago called ‘It Follows,’ which is good and a movie that came out last year that I was like, ‘Relic,’ with Emily Mortimer, that was really good. I loved this old British movie ‘The Devil Rides Out’ about worshipers of the devil, but I think the best horror movie ever is ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’ That really, really takes your skin falls under.”
While he waits for “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” to finally air on television, Hader is hard at work on the third season of his multiple award-winning HBO television series “Barry.” It is a dark comedy created by Hader and Alec Berg that also stars Hader as Barry Berkman, a hitman who inadvertently joins an acting class taught by Jean Cousineau, played by Henry Winkler. Is.
“Oh, third season, it’s dark,” he said with a big laugh. “Alec Berg and I go, ‘Oh yeah, a half-hour comedy… yeah? Right.'”
The second season ended on a cliffhanger and the third was set to go into production just before the COVID-19 pandemic kicked off in early 2020. HBO hasn’t announced a premiere date for the new season.
“We’re up and running and it’s a lot of work, but it’s been a lot of fun and everyone has been great,” he said. “We were two weeks away from shooting when the pandemic happened and everything stopped and we couldn’t start back until about a year and a half later. But we were all ready to go, ‘It was like, ‘Oh man,’ but it was also good for us to continue writing and working on the story.”
Although he doesn’t recommend it to others, Haider is a true crime addict. He has been watching videos on the JCS Criminal Psychology channel on YouTube as he finds these glimpses into real-life inquiries fascinating.
“It’s either people are just lying or they’re just psychopaths and it’s not a problem with what they did,” he said. “The problem with seeing that stuff is you don’t want to leave your house.”
He said he stays away from any crime involving kids because it’s too heavy, but when he hears an episode intro that translates to “He was an idiot and she hated him…” , then his interest is piqued.
“The whole true crime thing is a terrible thing to be involved in,” he said. “You look at it and you go, ‘Oh wait, someone died. Guys, it’s terrible, someone died, it’s not funny or interesting.’ Then I’ll go, I ain’t gonna see it no more
“Oh my god, how can I sleep on this? People say ‘Oh, you like true crime?’ Because I’ve said it and I’m like, ‘No, no, I don’t think that’s a good thing.’ I don’t want me or anyone to care about me on one of those shows. It’s like you’re taking part in their pain and it’s all sensational. I feel terrible, so I distance myself from it. And I’ll go ‘I can’t watch this (stuff), I’m going to read the classics’ and next thing you know ‘They got DNA on the roof…’ ‘Wait, what? Jesus Christ! ?’ It’s really terrifying.”