On the HBO series Barry, Anthony Carrigan plays Noho Hank, the sweetie-pie Chechen gangster who dreams about arguments with Thomas Friedman and always offers a submarine sandwich. Noho Hank is usually dressed in incredibly tight polos that show off his tattooed arms, and some sort of fitted shorts or pants. He never seems to wear socks. "Depending on where you are in Los Angeles, you can absolutely see that kind of guy," Carrigan says. "It's almost like you can smell the cologne on the shirts."
On a recent weekday afternoon at HBO's midtown New York headquarters, Carrigan has traded in Noho Hank's form-fitting wardrobe for a sweater everyone gathered for our small photo shoot thinks is great. (It's Rag & Bone, he says.) He's also lost the thick accent, although I sometimes think I hear it in his inflections.
About six years before Barry came along, Carrigan was having serious doubts about the future of his acting career. His bald head is not just a character choice; he has alopecia, and as his hair began to disappear he was warned that his career would do the same. Now, he's emerged as the actor behind the most lovable character on the acclaimed series about a tortured hitman who gets the acting bug. In comparison to Bill Hader's Barry Berkman, whose inherent violence is damaging everyone around him, there's something downright lovable about Noho Hank, a guy who does bad things but just wants to hang with his friends.
Carrigan and I nestled into seats in the HBO theater to discuss how he created the super great Hank.