“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk once wrote for “Saturday Night Live” – and paid the emotional price for it. (Watch the video below.)
Odenkirk told radio host Howard Stern in a conversation last week that a guest host was so unhappy with the monologue Odenkirk and Rob Schneider wrote for him that he erupted in anger.
That someone, Odenkirk revealed, was Jeremy Irons. It was 1991, and Irons was days away from appearing at the Oscars as the Best Actor nominee for “Reversal of Fortune.”
So Odenkirk wrote a bit in which Irons’ obsession with winning an Oscar led him to carve an Oscar trophy out of wood to pass the time and paint a portrait of his family members as Oscars.
Irons was clearly upset and “really screamed” at Odenkirk, the actor told Stern, adding: “He was really crazy. He was so crazy.
Odenkirk recalled that Irons told him, “I can sing. I can dance. I can juggle. I am an actor by Shakespearean training. And you make me do this!
Despite the rebuke, Odenkirk had the presence of mind to save the conversation for posterity.
“I had a little recorder, and I recorded it because I loved it so much,” said the “Nobody” actor. “He was right. God bless him. It wasn’t a great monologue.
There was a happy ending to the meeting – at least for Irons. He won the Oscar.
Here is the monologue of the time.
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