Bob Odenkirk Reveals Steven Seagal’s Hans and Franz’s Unreasonable Demands

Saturday Night Live invites a wide range of guests, from entertainment to sports and also sometimes to real life personalities. It doesn’t always work though. SNL with Steven Seagal turned out to be a bad call, and all the people interviewed in the book Live from New York: The full, uncensored story of Saturday Night Live as told by its stars agreed that Seagal was bad news. Bob Odenkirk was a SNL writer this season and also agrees.

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Odenkirk was a guest on Howard Stern’s radio show on February 28. Stern was waiting to ask him about Seagal, so Odenkirk didn’t disappoint.

‘SNL’ Writer Bob Odenkirk Confirms Steven Seagal Was As Bad As You Heard

Odenkirk confirmed that reports of Seagal’s shenanigans weren’t exaggerated. That’s also why you never see his episode in SNL reruns.

“I was there when he hosted SNL one of the most famous nightmares can never rerun this show,” said Odenkirk howard stern.

Stern even asked why executive producer Lorne Michaels did it. Odenkirk said once Seagal showed his true colors, it was too late.

“When you get to Wednesday, what are you going to do?” said Odenkirk. “It would be funny if he threw it on Thursday and did the show without it.”

Hans and Franz’s sketch was Steven Seagal at his worst

Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon played bodybuilders Hans and Franz in a recurring skit. They playfully poked fun at Arnold Schwarzenegger and even had his bodybuilding characters on their set. A good-natured Schwarzenegger himself appeared in a skit once, but Seagal was genuinely intimidated by the characters.

“It’s Hans and Franz and we were talking, I was helping with Hans and Franz that week,” Odenkirk said. “I didn’t usually help with this piece, but I love these guys. Seagal read it and said, “If I do this skit, if I do it,” they want to fight it. “Hey, we’re taking you on. He says, ‘If I do, I have to beat them.’ “

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Odenkirk simply tried to keep a straight face as he explained to Seagal that he didn’t need to prove he was tougher than SNLfake bodybuilders.

“It’s like a John Wayne thing, it’s the most ridiculous script,” Odenkirk said. “Don’t worry, no one thinks anyone beat anyone here. That was his attitude all week. He kept saying, ‘I’ve never seen your show. I don’t know what you are doing here. Like really? You have never seen Saturday Night Live? Where do you live?”

Steven Seagal’s Final ‘SNL’ Sketch Baffled Everyone

Seagal wanted to do a sketch that would prefigure his film In deadly ground. Seagal was an environmentalist in the 90s, so he came up with a skit where he beats up Exxon’s board after the Valdez spill. The problem is that a live comedy is not the same as an action movie.

He wrote a scene and it’s the last scene of the show and it’s like one of his movies but they tried to do it live. They brought in stuntmen. It’s crazy. There’s this board of directors, a bunch of stunt men in suits. As a viewer, you say to yourself, ‘Who are these actors? They are not in the cast. There’s a speech and then he walks into the banquet hall, it’s live, and he beats them up and throws them into the hall. It lasts like eight minutes. This is the longest scene you’ve ever seen. Then at the very end, he turns to the camera and says, “This is what happens when you pollute the planet.” The public is mystified.

Bob Odenkerk, The Howard Stern Show02/28/22

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