Bob Odenkirk Names Guest Who Yelled At Him On 'SNL' For Writing Bad Monologue
"Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk once wrote for "Saturday Night Live" - and paid the emotional price. (Check out the video below.)
Odenkirk told radio host Howard Stern during a conversation last week that a guest host was so dissatisfied with the monologue Odenkirk and Rob Schneider had written for him that he was furious.
That someone, according to Odenkirk, was Jeremy Irons. The year was 1991 and Irons was only days away from being an Oscar nominee for Best Actor for Reversal of Fortune.
So Odenkirk wrote a play in which Iron's obsession with winning the Oscar led him to carve an Oscar trophy out of wood to pass the time and paint a portrait of his family members as an Oscar.
Irons was visibly upset and yelled “really at Odenkirk,” the actor told Stern, adding, “He was really crazy. He was so angry. "
Odenkirk remembered Irons telling him, “I can sing. I can dance. I can juggle. I am a Shakespeare trained actor. And you let me do that! "
Despite the scolding, Odenkirk had the presence of mind to save the conversation for posterity.
"I had a small recorder and I recorded it because I loved it so much," said the actor "Nobody". "He was right. God bless him. It wasn't a great monologue."
The encounter had a happy ending - at least for Irons. He won the Oscar.
Here is the monologue from back then.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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