HBO’s Barry is about an assassin who turns a new leaf and begins to taking acting classes. However, Barry himself could be a shameless guy.
Barry is a dark comedy going into its third season on HBO and has garnered a large, dedicated fanbase since the show’s inception in 2018. With SNL alum Bill Hader at the helm, everyone expected it to be funny, but no one expected the dark, gritty, twisted performance that Hader has given us for two seasons now.
He plays a hitman-for-hire that becomes infatuated with the world of acting after stumbling into a class in Los Angeles. He then tries to balance his new acting life with his hitman past, which he cannot seem to escape. Because of this, many insane situations occur that cause Barry to commit shameless acts. These are the top 10 shameless things he has done thus far.
Becoming Barry Block
The Chechen mob is what originally brings Barry to Los Angeles to complete his next hit. The target? Ryan, an aspiring actor who is having an affair with a Chechen mob boss’ wife.
This is what leads Barry to Gene Cousineau’s acting class and it ends up being everything Barry never knew he needed. He ends up wanting to give up his life of crime to pursue this career for real and is willing to do whatever it takes to make his new life work. He goes about it in drastic ways and does not care what the consequences of his actions are.
Planning To Go Through With His Hit On Ryan
When Barry was hired by the Chechen mob to kill the lover of the mob boss’ wife, he was ready to do so without a second thought until he ended up stumbling into his hit’s acting class…and he even does a scene with him.
After that, he’s invited out with Ryan and his acting class and quickly becomes part of the group. Ryan and Barry even “bro out” after their outing and yet…Barry still plans to complete his hit on the guy after everything. He knew he needed to do that to leave that life behind and start his new acting one.
Luckily, the mob had already gotten to Ryan and Barry didn’t have to have his murder on his conscience, too. But would it have even bothered him?
Acting With Ryan’s Acting Class (After Ryan’s Death)
As it is, we aren’t entirely sure if Barry would have felt guilty if he had been the one to murder Ryan, but the fact he was able to go to his acting class after, hang out with all of Ryan’s friends, and even “grieve” with them all after his death is kind of shocking.
He even used their performances to mourn their friend as an opportunity to get closer to Sally, the woman Barry has a crush on from the class. You’d think he would care a little more about the loss of his life, but it doesn’t seem to matter.
Leaving Fuches With The Chechens (For Sally)
Early on in the first season, Barry and his handler, Fuches, find themselves in a war with the Chechen mob after the hit on Ryan went awry. This leads to Fuches being kidnapped and Barry with another hit job, but instead of doing everything in his power to get back to him and complete the hit, he becomes involved with Sally.
He is so concerned with Sally and her need to talk to him that he completely forgets about saving Fuches from the Chechens in a timely manner. It was selfish, to say the least.
Killing His Friend, Chris
Chris was an old friend of Barry’s — a fellow Marine veteran — before Chris’ untimely death in the first season. He left behind his wife and son and it was a tragedy of great proportions.
The thing about it that was even more tragic was the fact Barry was behind the killing. And it was only because Barry had added him on Facebook and thus, got him involved in his sketchy life, that Chris ended up knowing too much and had to be killed. While Barry did have intense guilt after the fact, the way he carried out the murder was callous and difficult to watch. And he did it to protect himself, more than anything.
Taking Out Pazar And His Men
Pazar is the Chechen mob boss that Barry became reluctantly involved with from the very first episode. Their tenuous working relationship was constantly tense and made it difficult for Barry to move on from his previous life.
By the end of the first season, Barry had to save Fuches from Pazar and his men and he took them all out in one fell swoop like the sniper he’s known to be. He did so seamlessly and with little care to how it would affect his future.
Saving Himself By Killing Janice
The prime motivation behind most — if not all — of the murders Barry carries out is saving himself from being caught and thrown in prison. That would mean it had all been for nothing. That he wouldn’t be able to be an actor anymore with great friends and a great girlfriend living his life in LA.
So when Janice Moss, who is both the detective on Ryan’s case and Gene Cousineau’s new girlfriend, makes the connection that it was Barry who is involved with the Chechens, he makes a decision. He tries to talk her into letting him go but it quickly became evident that he had planned to kill her all along. And so…he did.
Comforting Gene After Janice’s Death
Gene Cousineau is Barry’s acting teacher. He also was a man in love — in love with Janice Moss. When she was murdered, it was thought that she had gone missing, and Gene was inconsolable. He knew something had happened to her and he was determined to find out what.
Barry was right there by his teacher’s side the whole time, comforting him, being a friend to him, all while knowing it was his own fault that Janice was no longer on this earth. That is not an easy feat to pull off, at least, not if you feel guilt.
All The Times He Threatened NoHo Hank
NoHo Hank is by far the most entertaining character in the entirety of Barry. He’s hilarious and inappropriate and is not the fearless leader the Chechens desperately need after Pazar’s death. But boy, does he try.
He also wants to be best friends with Barry even though Barry expresses his disinterest constantly. Barry goes further, though, and has threatened Hank on multiple occasions. Of course, Hank rarely takes Barry seriously, but we all know Barry is fully capable of following through on those threats.
Going After Loach’s Wife’s Lover
Detective Loach was partners with Janice Moss before her tragic death — by the hands of Barry. Which is how Loach ends up blackmailing Barry into a hit for him. See, Loach got all the information he needed to put Barry away for good, but he used it instead to send him after his wife’s lover, Ronny.
Of course, Barry didn’t know Ronny was a black belt and that he would get beat to hell before he actually could end his life. But the fact he was willing to take another person’s life away to save himself shows the true nature of Barry’s shameless personality.