Halloween Kills has made quite the impact since its release earlier this month. While responses to the film have been more or less divisive for a variety of reasons, it’s still managed to make a smash at the box office. This is good news for horror fans even if Halloween Ends was already greenlit, and fans are still talking about the film. In fact, one exciting detail about Halloween Kills has been making the rounds online – as it turns out actor Bob Odenkirk actually has a cameo in the film.
Yes, this is the same Bob Odenkirk from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and the recently released film Nobody. However, his cameo is incredibly subtle. As fans who’ve seen the brutal sequel know, there’s a quick moment where a television news channel flashes a picture of Bob from the original Halloween. However, this isn’t the same actor that played Bob in 1978.
Instead, this picture of Bob was taken from Bob Odenkirk’s yearbook photo.
#HalloweenKills trivia that sounds made-up.
They couldn’t get rights to photo of a victim from the original film – so asked Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul etc) if they could use his high-school photo pic.twitter.com/T9XtiCJFg8
— Rory John Nugent (@TheRoryJohn) October 20, 2021
As explained by director David Gordon Green via Cinema Blend:
“In the original Carpenter film, the Bob character, I wanted to have acknowledgement of all the deaths from the previous film, but we couldn’t track [the actor] down or get the rights,” Gordon Green explains. “Somehow we couldn’t clear an image of Bob for our television news broadcast. And so I was frustrated by that because I wanted to acknowledge Bob’s death, but we couldn’t get footage of Bob. So I Googled ‘Bob 1970s High School,’ and a photo of Bob Odenkirk popped up that looked just like Bob! So I thought, ‘He’s probably easier to find; let’s go get him!’”
Gordon Green continues, “They contacted [Odenkirk] and he signed off on the rights to have his high school picture be the Bob in [the movie]. I’m a huge Bob Odenkirk fan. So that opportunity was just too juicy to ignore.”
The likeness with Bob Odenkirk is pretty incredible, so it’s not like it hurts Halloween Kills. It only adds to the fun trivia that has been making Halloween Kills a great conversation topic this month.
Halloween Kills was directed by David Gordon Green who also helmed the 2018 film. He wrote the script alongside Danny McBride and Scott Teems. The film features a cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Charles Cyphers, Anthony Michael Hall, Kyle Richards, Nancy Stephens, Jibrail Nantambu, and Robert Longstreet. James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle both return as Michael Myers.
Fans are currently able to see Halloween Kills both in theaters and on the Peacock streaming service.