In a recent interview, Emmy-winning actor and co-creator of HBO’s Barry, Bill Hader, shared his thoughts on a pivotal moment in the show’s eponymous character’s life. According to Hader, the turning point for Barry occurred when he made the decision to kill his war comrade, Chris. Hader stated that the scene was crucial to the show’s development, as it demonstrated that Barry had no viable alternatives. Writer Liz Sarnoff also noted that they wanted to convey to the audience that Barry’s actions were driven by circumstances beyond his control. Despite the complex emotions involved, viewers remained firmly in Barry’s corner due to his lack of viable options.
The cast also found the scene to be emotionally challenging, with Anthony Carrigan and Henry Winkler expressing surprise at its intensity. The episode quickly transitions to a sequence where Barry rescues Fuches, prompting viewers to rally behind him once again.
Hader also discussed another scene where Barry’s actions had a profound effect on those around him. When he unleashes his anger on Sally, it serves as a necessary reminder that he is not a virtuous individual. Hader and co-creator Alec Berg have consistently embraced the idea of presenting Barry in an unflattering light, refusing to artificially endear him to viewers.
Overall, Bill Hader believes that the moment when Barry took Chris’s life was a crucial turning point for the character. It forcefully establishes his morally ambiguous nature and lack of alternatives. Nonetheless, Hader and Berg remain committed to presenting Barry in a flawed and multifaceted manner. Avoiding the temptation to make him overly likable.