Bill Hader stars in the Killer Comedy "Barry" on HBO

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21 March 2018
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Premieres Sunday, March 25 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on HBO

          Barry is a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. While on a job in LA, he follows his “mark” into an acting class and is instantly drawn to the group of students. Barry wants to start a new life in this community of eager hopefuls, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away. Can he find a way to balance the two worlds? The dark comedy series BARRY, starring Bill Hader, kicks off its eight-episode season. As well as starring in the series, Hader directs episodes of the show, marking his directorial debut.
           Other cast regulars include: Stephen Root (“Get Out”) as Barry’s handler, who is alarmed to contemplate a future without his primary source of income; Sarah Goldberg (“Hindsight”) as a dedicated acting student who becomes the object of Barry’s affection; Glenn Fleshler (HBO’s “True Detective”) a Chechen mob kingpin whose killer instincts are (somewhat) tempered by a surprisingly sentimental side; Anthony Carrigan (“Gotham”) as the mobster’s brutal but unfailingly polite sidekick; and Henry Winkler (“Arrested Development”) as a pompous yet endearing acting teacher who takes Barry under his wing.

           In the premiere episode, “Chapter One: Make Your Mark,” Barry (Hader) is a disillusioned hitman from the Midwest. His handler, Fuches (Root), sends him to LA to execute a hit for the Chechen mob, led by Goran Pazar (Fleshler) and his right-hand man, NoHo Hank (Carrigan). Barry’s target: an aspiring actor who is having an affair with Pazar’s wife. Barry follows his “mark” into an acting class taught by beloved teacher/guru Gene Cousineau (Winkler), and is instantly drawn to the group of students, especially Sally (Goldberg). Barry wants to start a new life in the class, but the criminal world won’t let him walk away so easily.

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