Bill Hader Lost Out on a ‘Stefon’ Movie Deal Long Before Actor Took Home Multiple Emmys With ‘Barry’

Bill Hader had plans for making a movie based on his SNL character Stefon Meyers

Bill Hader Lost Out on a ‘Stefon’ Movie Deal Long Before Actor Took Home Multiple Emmys With ‘Barry’


  • Bill Hader is a skilled comedian who rose to fame on Saturday Night Live.
  • His portrayal of Stefon Meyers in the Weekend Update section of the show became a fan favorite due to Hader's impeccable comic timing.
  • Seth Meyers revealed that they had a concept for a potential Stefon film about the character's past.
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Bill Hader is one of the most unique and skilled comedians that broke out of Saturday Night Live. He has given many memorable episodes on the show. His portrayal of Stefon Meyers in the Weekend Update section of the show became audiences’ favorite and the character became an instant fan favorite. His impeccable comic timing as Stefon was simply incredible.

Bill Hader in one of his SNL sketches
Bill Hader in one of his SNL sketches

Hader has since gone on to star in some high-profile films and some acclaimed TV shows including Trainwreck, It Chapter 2, and Barry. Fellow SNL alum Seth Meyers has now revealed that a movie based on Hader’s character was planned back in the day.

Also read: SNL Alumnus Bill Hader Claimed His Emmy-Winning Show Was Inspired By Bryan Cranston’s Breaking Bad Spin-off Due To Its Violence and Humor


A Film About Bill Hader’s Stefon Was Discussed in The Past

Bill Hader as Stefon Meyers
Bill Hader as Stefon Meyers

Bill Hader‘s stint as Stefon Meyers in SNL from 2008-13 was appreciated by audiences and his Weekend Update section is considered one of the best parts of the show. The character remains one of the most memorable ones in his career and it seems Hader had discussed making a movie based on the character at the time.

In a recent interview on the Las Culturistas podcast, former SNL alum Seth Meyers revealed that he and Hader had a concept for a potential Stefon film at the time. He said,

“This was not a scene that was written, but I did have a pitch for myself and Stefon because I knew it was going to be Stefon and James Franco, or whatever, whoever. It wasn’t going to be me and Stefon. I said, here’s how I think it should start: It should start with Stefon at ‘Weekend Update,’ and when it’s over,

And he says, ‘Look, to make it up for you, just come out, have a night, me and you together, at Stefon’s New York.’ And I’m like, ‘All right, one night.’ And then you would do these super fast cuts of he and I at all these crazy clubs. That would be the opening montage, and then it would end with me in a body bag, and Stefon would say, ‘He’s dead.’ Then the splash: ‘Stefon: The Movie.’”

It would have been an incredibly exciting film for Hader to show more of his comedic chops. But in the end, he moved on from the role in 2013 and went on to do other greater things.


Also read: “I wanted to strangle her”: Bill Hader Looked Like a Liar to Chris Pratt After His Daughter Tricked Him into an Embarrassing Spot

Bill Hader Explains Why Season 4 Will Be the Last Season for Barry

Bill Hader in Barry season 4
Bill Hader in Barry season 4

Bill Hader’s Barry was a passion project for Hader as he told a unique tale about a hitman who found a newfound love for acting and wanted to leave his shady life behind. While the show is advertised as a black comedy, audiences get to see a more psychologically driven and thrilling ride into the evolution of a troubled hitman.

Hader gave such a compelling and incredible dramatic performance as the character. As Barry reached its fourth season this year, Hader talked to Variety about why the season will be the end for his character. He says that every arc, every narrative thread of every character comes full circle in the new season and it was a fitting end to the series as a whole. He said,


“Yeah! It was very much in the writing and the storytelling. I mean, a lot of people after last season were like, ‘Why are you doing another season? It should have just ended.’ But to me, there are still so many questions with the other characters, and with Barry — and there’s so many things unsaid.

What happens in Season 4 is structurally radical in some ways, but it made sense for what I think the characters needed to go through, and what I think the whole show is always kind of headed towards. You realize, well, we could pad a lot of stuff, and just make story. But if we’re going forward, it ends in Season 4.”

The fourth season became the darkest season yet in terms of its narrative and audiences went on a wild and cathartic ride with Barry, Gene Cousineau, and Sally Reed. The ending of the series proved to be indeed the end of the character and the series as a whole.

Also read: “It scared the sh-t out of this cop”: ‘Barry’ Star Bill Hader Based His Iconic Role in $171M Cult-Classic With Seth Rogen on Real Life Policeman Who Arrested Him


Written by Rahul Thokchom

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