Interview: Robert Wisdom on Being the Scariest Man in the Room on ‘Barry’

HBO’s Barry returns for its fourth and final season with a new perspective and situation its title character hasn’t experienced before, thanks in no small part to Jim Moss (Robert Wisdom), who managed to outsmart the infamous hitman by working with his acting teacher Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler). Jim takes on a new role in season four as the tables have turned but he’s still not fully happy with how things are.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Wisdom about how Jim might just be the most volatile of all the unpredictable and violent characters on the show:

“I like that. I want Jim to be the scariest one. It’s important to who he is. It’s where his scariness comes from. A sociopath is one thing, but you have a man whose daughter was killed and he wants some answers, that’s a whole other thing. I kept that in focus. I didn’t want empty violence running. Just a little bit maybe sometimes. I didn’t want it to dominate it.”

He also spoke to Jim’s patient relentlessness:

“I become like the other side of the Grim Reaper. I’m getting to the bottom of this, and whoever’s in the picture is going to get caught. With every step, he picks up speed, but he’s still very steady, steady, steady. And then he gets people in corners they can’t get out of. He’s a great chess player too. He just knows how to make those moves and lock you in and say checkmate, what’s up.”

Watch the full conversation below.

Season four of Barry premieres Sunday, April 16th on HBO.


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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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