Bill Hader Once Surprised Steven Spielberg On ‘SNL’ By Asking Him About One Of His Most Obscure Films


Bill Hader is one of the best cast members of all time saturday night live (SNL). While he knows how to be a professional, that doesn’t mean he’s star-blind like many of us. In fact, his inner geek once came out when Steven Spielberg showed up at SNL and Hader surprised him by asking him about one of his more obscure films.

Bill Hader had a legendary career at ‘SNL’

Michael Che and Bill Hader as Stefon | Dana Edelson/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Bill Hader had an eight-year run on SNL. During this time he played many hilarious characters like Vincent Price, Herb Welch, Alan Alda and James Carville. However, its most iconic character was Stefon, the New York correspondent who suggested incredibly bizarre clubs to visit. The character was created by Hader and former SNL writer John Mulaney.

Since he left SNLHader showed off his dramatic acting skills in barry. The HBO series is in the middle of its third season and features Hader as a hitman who decides to give up his life as an assassin and become an actor. The show has received more than 30 Emmy nominations, with Hader winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series twice.

Bill Hader surprised Steven Spielberg with a question about an obscure movie

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During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Hader reminisced about the times when his inner nerd got the better of him. Meyers asked him about a time when Spielberg showed up at the SNL together and Hader caught up with him to ask him about one of his more obscure movies.

“I said ‘How did you get a specific photo in Sugarland Express?’ which is the first feature film he directed before Jaws and he kind of looked at me like ‘Is this even on DVD?’ Hader said.

Hader then continues to make an impression of SNL creator Lorne Michaels, who told the Superbad actor to back off a bit.

“Lorne was like ‘Bill, will you please get off his knees,'” Hader continued. “The man is just trying to eat.”

The Sugarland Express is Spielberg’s first film in theaters, but it’s certainly one of his most obscure since Jaws is the movie that put it on the map. Still, it’s an interesting movie to watch and maybe Spielberg appreciated someone who wanted to dive deep into his filmography.

Hader also had a similar experience with director Martin Scorsese

Hader has openly shared in other interviews that he is a huge fan of Martin Scorsese films. He tells Meyers of a time when the director came into SNL doing a bit on Weekend Update and Hader, once again, let his inner nerd out for too long.

“My problem, and I don’t know if you relate to it when we were at SNL, it was like your heroes were coming,” Hader said. “Martin Scorsese came to do a bit on Update, and someone said to me, ‘Bill, you have to get out of his dressing room’ because I was just asking him a hundred questions. I think the minute I’m walked in, he said ‘Uh oh. Geek. Oh oh.’ He’s been doing it since about 1975 and I’m like, “Hello, Mr. Scorsese.”

Season 3 of barry is currently airing weekly on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.

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