Bob Odenkirk Isn’t Done Directing, But Isn’t Eager to Endure More ‘Rough’ Experiences Behind the Camera

Bob Odenkirk Isn’t Done Directing, But Isn’t Eager to Endure More ‘Rough’ Experiences Behind the Camera
No one would accuse of Bob Odenkirk of being a slacker, but his feature-film directing career has never quite taken off. His projects include TV series, comedy specials, short films, and the odd music video, but movie success eludes him — even when he’s directing longtime pals like Will Arnett, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, and Jenna Fischer. Of his three films, only his debut, festival hit “Melvin Goes to Dinner,” earned mostly positive reviews, and none were box-office hits.

And while he’d like another shot (“I look forward to doing it one day”), Odenkirk puts any blame for failure squarely on himself.

“I think my experiences were pretty rough, and one of the reasons was I didn’t really fully embrace the stories I was telling,” he said. “I sort of learned that that’s your first job as director, to love every aspect of the story and really,
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