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The Dodge Challenger in Nobody launches Bob Odenkirk's action-hero debut

When Bob Odenkirk announced his plans to train for a new action film, he recalls an unnamed actor who laughed and said that he didn't have to bother with such prep. "They have guys who do the fighting for you," the actor told him. And Odenkirk wanted to respond, "I wanna do the action movie.
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DUB6
Specialist

They shot the schizzle out of that car in the movie.  I've seen derelict rust buckets out in the desert that had more uninterrupted sheet metal left on them than this Challenger.  So, after the ending of Vanishing Point and this movie, I'm left to believe that Hollywood absolutely hates white Challengers!  😂

compaqdeskpro
Detailer

Hollywood hates all cars, which is why I haven't watched an action movie in years.
DUB6
Specialist

Well, if mayhem and the destruction of cars turns you off, don't dare look at any highway or major street in America - it's brutal out there...

MoparMan
Advanced Driver

Actually, a white '67 Camaro was substituted for the Challenger in Vanishing Point!! 🙂
tigercat
Detailer

Fear not, Vanishing Point was so low budget that they could not afford to destroy the challenger, so that pile up in the end into bulldozers is actually a Camaro that was a bare bones cheaper alternative. It was so twisted you can barely tell the difference but it is also
documented that they used a Camaro because the body shape was similar enough and at a theater in the early 70's you could not freeze frame it to see.
DUB6
Specialist

So does that prove that Hollywood hates Camaros as well as Challengers?  😄

Reinhold_Weege
Instructor

1) I'm not going to see this movie because the phrase "comic book" is used several times and that is an immediate turn-off. It's no coincidence that "fairy tale" can be used interchangeably.

2) I love Mopars, but this is a decade-obsolete Hollydumb choice of vehicle for a 2021 action movie. I'd like to think they got those specs wrong on purpose, but I doubt it. I'm sure the actor had to be shown how to use a cassette deck.
Rcwkr
Intermediate Driver

The movie is very good. The phrase "Comic Book" in describing it is just the current trendy phrase. I dunno....... was Death Wish a comic book movie? And the Challenger MAY have been a restomod that the neighbor's dad had built. (I winced at the apparent error too.)
Reinhold_Weege
Instructor

Also Hagerty, please fix your security certificates so I can see ALL the photos....

"Attackers might be trying to steal your information from hagerty-media-prod.imgix.net (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID"
Huntz-Hall
Intermediate Driver

I really don't care what the rest of the comments say this was a good, repeat good action movie in my book. yea the car was part of it but Huch/Oderkirk pulled it off. Maybe a low budget B movie. Remember "Heart Like a Wheel" with Bonney Bedelia? That's good every time I watch it!!!
mvillmer
Intermediate Driver

I really enjoyed that movie and was wondering if we were going to see anything about that car. It really was a very satisfying moment to see him take it!
MARK400
Detailer

I`m surprised Hollywood did not use a Prius instead of the Challenger, it would be right up their sissy bun head boy alley.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

I might give it a watch sometime. Seemed like this movie has been done before but Hollywood has no original ideas left it seems.
Inline8OD
Technician

Hagerty's playing to the kiddie kar audience with this ongoing homage to "muscle cars," which most of us laughed at when new; station wagon engines in egregious mid-sized slam, bam, thank you, ma'am Motown tin with trucky rear axle ratios, dopey decals sold to mouth-breathing Walter Mitties.

You do realize Hollywood's primary audience is adolescent boys, heavier on action than plot, nuance, novelty because mindless motion and ADD film editing returns more market overseas; dialogue superfluous.

Tho' little interest in postwar domestic cars, but preferring Mopar among those in the '50s, '60s,
agree with Reinhold above. The target audience knows half-century-old cars via online nonsense, buff books from the discount bin at the mall. A friend sold his late father's well-tended 425-ci '67 Olds Delta 88 coupe and laughed that 40-somethings were surprised to learn it had drum brakes and probably wouldn't do the physics-defying stunts in Nicholas Cage flicks.

Speaking of comic books, that is precisely what the James Bond movies were. Not one (1) of the cars had anything to do with those in Ian Fleming's novels.

Aren't there other cars from the past 120 years? We get a laugh out of guys saying they can't afford a Delage, Cord, Railton, prewar Buick Century, Packard among hundreds of other interesting rides, only to drone on and on about the equal or far greater amounts they've dumped in a "numbers matching" reskinned Falcon, Camaro, "muscle car," or Corvette, what one Brit motoring journalist wonderfully summed "a V-8 surrounded by four pieces of drywall."

"Let's drive together," urges Hagerty. Wouldn't think an insurance company wants to promote obnoxious tire chirping, let alone 50-, 60-, 70-year-olds "jerking off" to impress strangers at traffic lights.

Let's broaden our horizons.
Chris2161
Intermediate Driver

For years as “Saul Goodman” Odenkirk drove that Suzuki Esteem on Better Call Saul, yet Hagerty never did an article about that car. I don’t understand. The Esteem may not be as fast as the Challenger, but I bet it is a better story! Cars are all fascinating in their own way. By the way, Mr. Odenkirk suffered a heart attack, for which he thankfully recovered, perhaps action hero is not on his plate at the moment?
hyperv6
Racer

I wish I had a dollar for every movie that used a totally different car from the hero car for the final death scene.

 

You did not need stop motion to see the Camaro in Vanishing point. 

My favorite story is Smokey and the Bandit. The last scene shot was where the car came down the hill to the stock car race. They had to shoot it there as the Trans Am was the last one and it was blown up. They coasted down the hill. They left in The Caddy as it was the only thing left running. 

DUB6
Specialist

Hey, guys, "it's only a movie"...

Inline8OD
Technician

You want a terrific extended chase scene as good as Bullitt, try The Seven Ups with Roy Scheider, only marred by the ridiculous soundtrack of double-clutching a car with automatic transmission. It was produced Philip D'Antoni, with veteran stunt driver Bill Hickman, these pros also responsible for Bullitt and the French Connection.

There are plenty of others free of CGI, including 1941's High Sierra with Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino, Bogie as Mad Dog Earl running from a snarling pack of '39 Buick Special CHP cars in a-- Mopar fans'll approve-- tough little Plymouth coupe. We're still trying to figure out why despite Buick making a deal with Warner Brothers, accounting for all the Flintmobiles in WB movies; a Special for the secretary, Century or Roadmaster for her boss, a Limited for Mr. Big, in every Warner Brothers flick Bogie drives a Plymouth Coupe.

Then there are the Universal Green Hornet serials, with Britt Reid and Kato (who went from faithful Japanese valet to Filipino after December, 1941) in their "200 mph" '37 Lincoln Zephyr, no doubt aided by front as well as rear fender skirts.

Another for Mopar fans: Captain America drove a bone-stock '41 Chrysler Saratoga or New Yorker sedan.

But if you're a hardcore gear head, watch for the brief tug of war between two wildly whistling steam locomotives in 1930's Danger Lights.

Meanwhile, uh, what's with automatic transmissions, PB, PS "muscle cars" your great-grandmother could drive, since those things were marketed to low horizon kids and guys suffering unrequited testosterone?

Someday, perhaps they'll make a period Bond movie with the cars carefully described in Ian Fleming's novels: Various Bentleys for Bond, a "low-slung Cord saloon" and "black Studillac" for Felix Leiter, Mercedes 300 carbriolet for Drax.
But they'll have to use aging stuntmen, because the actors won't know how to drive a stick, even a pre-select Cord, and their gym muscles'll quickly tire behind the wheel.
SJ
Technician

He was a great believable scum bag lawyer. Did not feel this was a good role for him.
DUB6
Specialist

Well yeah, but how hard is it to play a scumbag lawyer?  😃  Oops, I probably stuck my foot in it that time, eh?  Hey, Counselors, it was just a joke - you know we love ya!  ❤️

77GL
Detailer

We are in the age of repops in both movies and cars. No original ideas from anywhere? Today's chase scenes are way too fake. You have to go way back to mannix and Then Came Bronson to see anything worth watching anymore.
DUB6
Specialist

Mannix - hadn't thought of that one in years - one of my favorites at the time!  😊