Bill Hader Skeleton Twins

Your filmography is very diverse. Skeleton Twins, Sarah Marshall, I can’t wait to see Trainwreck. How do you pick roles? ‘Cause it seems like every movie you do, even if it’s not like a huge success is really, really good.

Oh that’s nice of you to say. I don’t know, man. I’ve been very lucky to work with some amazing filmmakers. And there’s a lot of stuff I don’t get that I would love to be in, you know what I mean? ‘Cause that happens a lot too. I’m still going and I go and audition for things and it doesn’t happen. I put myself on tape for something and it doesn’t happen. I mean, it’s not like I cherry pick.

Do you have any kind of criteria?

I think if it’s a movie I would go see. If it’s a movie I would go see or if it’s a character I can do something interesting with. Or it’s a character I relate to. Like the guy in Skeleton Twins. I related to that. Some of the feelings he had, especially about moving to L.A. and God, I remember feeling so many nerves moving to L.A. And then “What if I have to move back to my small town?” And some of his insecurities and stuff. And the guy in Trainwreck, loving someone that’s like…not hard to love, but is going through issues and working with that. Now I feel like the opposite. My wife is such a calm person. I feel like she’s willing to work with me. It’s the opposite like I’m more the Amy Schumer character in our relationship.

But no, it’s just finding something that you would go see. That’s why I like to do commercials or I’m the voice in Mr. Peanut and this thing So I can go and make some money and pay the bills do these things.

Steven Spielberg Tintin

Sure. And the last thing, I just can’t imagine what it’s like as a film fan to be working with Steven Spielberg.

Oh yeah, it was insane.

What was it like?

It was insane. Just freaking out the entire time. And he is also a giant film fan and he goes to great lengths to make you feel comfortable around him. And he will honestly, man, you’d be like “Jaws, go.” And he’ll go “All right,” and he’ll just go into an hour worth of stories. He’ll tell you anything you wanna know. He will talk about anything. He’d be excited to tell you. I even asked him, I said, “Okay, in Sugarland Express, the scene with the two cops talking to each other in the cars like this, how did you do that?” He goes, “Okay, here’s what we had. Vilmos Zsigmond had put a rig on a…” And he grabs things and plays with. “And he’s on a rig and so I’m behind them and I have a little thing I’m hitting and that is when we were supposed to go…” And he gets so excited to talk about it.

But he also gets excited about other movies. When we were shooting in Vancouver, we both watched TCM on our iPad. And it was always like “What are you watching right now?” Or “What were you watching last night?” I was like “I was watching Point Blank.” And he was like “Oh cool. I was watching Roman Holiday“. One time I got to fly with him and we were waiting and his assistant came in to the plane. And we said “Why are we waiting?” He’s like “Steven’s in the car, he’s watching Roman Holiday. There’s five minutes left.”

That’s so awesome

And so he’s just sitting there watching Roman Holiday and he came in and he’s like “How terrific is that movie?”

[Laughs] Like it’s the first time he’s seen it.

He goes, “I’ve seen it 20 times, how wonderful.” But he’ll tell you stories. He’ll just drop things and he knows how mind blowing it is too. He’s like “Yeah, I remember, we were shooting Raiders and I walked onto the set of The Shining. And Kubrick’s there and everything.” I was like “You went on the set of The Shining?” He’s like “Yeah, yeah, you know, the room where he’s writing?” And he goes, “I went in and I was like…”

Jaws beach scene

And Jaws is my favorite movie. If you put a gun to my head, “What’s your favorite movie?” I’d say Jaws. So I told him that and he just, he literally patiently sat there while I asked him [questions]. I go, “The guy who goes, ‘Oh what?’ Who’s that guy?” And he goes, “That guy his name is blah, blah, blah and I told him ‘You say ‘What? and…” I mean, I would walk away from every conversation just floating on movie geek air and I would come home and wake my wife up and tell her what happened. And just he’s the nicest person in the world. He really is a prime example of how to be as a human being.

Inside Out is now in theaters. The BFG, starring Hader and directed by Steven Spielberg opens July 1, 2016.

Additional Images: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/Used With Permission of Disney

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