Do not read if you have not seen “Forgiving Jeff,” the Season 3 opener of “Barry,” currently available on HBO Max.
When it comes to criticising Gene Cousineau, the actor playing him has no equal. Henry Winkler has been playing the acting instructor on “Barry,” an HBO criminal drama starring Alec Berg and Bill Hader, since 2018.
Even though the part has earned Winkler rave praise and an Emmy for the show’s first season, the TV legend best remembered for his portrayal as the Fonz on “Happy Days” isn’t afraid to call Cousineau a “selfish, inconsiderate jerk.”
At the start of Season 3 of “Barry,” it appears that Cousineau has undergone some sort of transformation, for better or worse. His long-estranged son Leo (Andrew Leeds) and grandson have reconciled with him and moved in with him after the events of Season 2.
However, he is also emotionally devastated because he learned at the end of Season 2 that his acting student and mentee Barry (Hader) murdered his lover, detective Janice Moss (Paula Newsome).
Police disregard Cousineau’s report, so in the episode’s climactic scene, Cousineau confronts Barry in an effort to get him to confess. However, things swiftly go downhill, and Cousineau finds himself pleading for his life as Barry points a revolver at him.
Just when things seem gloomy for Cousineau, he manages to fend off his death by promising he can forgive Barry if he “Fucking earns it” – a remark that Winkler argues Cousineau ought to be applying to his own life.
It would be very different from dealing with Cousineau, who only cares about cash transactions. Whether or not you possess any talent is irrelevant to him. The Olivier method of payment is to pay in cash. If you forget to pick up the check on time, you’re a Brad Pitt.
To be perfectly frank, if you were to ask me what advice I would give a young actor, it would be this: be genuine about your abilities, work hard to improve them, and be willing to risk everything by putting your career on the line. Reason being, the rest will fall into place. Things will work out. As an actor, you must learn to let go of the opinions of others.
You’re like a weeble wobble in that you think you have something to say but really don’t. When you lose balance, you quickly recover and resume forward motion. In fact, that route will take you directly to your destination.
Exactly like a weeble wobble, you just go here and there. When you lose balance, you quickly recover and resume forward motion. In fact, that route will take you directly to your destination.