Jason Bateman is best known for his comedic roles in projects like “Arrested Development” and “Horrible Bosses,” but he gets to break bad in his upcoming Netflix series “Ozark,” and the streaming service just released a new clip that showcases his performance in a tense dramatic scene opposite Laura Linney. Watch it above.
In addition to starring in the series, Bateman also directs and produces the drama in which his character, Marty Byrde, is in hot water with a criminal cartel and must relocate with his family to the Missouri Ozarks. Linney plays his wife Wendy, who insists in the scene, “We have to call the police.” But that’s not possible according to Marty, who says, “You want to just role play it? Okay, I’m Detective Whoever-the-F*ck, and you’re the wife of the top money-launderer for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico — go.”
Marty adds, “People who drive trucks full of cash onto scales to weigh it because there’s too much to count, they don’t exactly have a code of ethics that they adhere to — we’re not going to the police.”
Bateman is a two-time Emmy nominee for Best Comedy Actor for “Arrested Development” (2005, 2013), and that performance also won him a Golden Globe in 2005, but he has yet to be recognized for his dramatic work. Meanwhile, Linney is an awards darling for both her dramatic and comedic work. She has won four Emmys out of five nominations, and she has also received three Oscar nominations and four Tony nominations, most recently this year for her starring role in Lillian Hellman‘s play “The Little Foxes.”
Do you think “Ozark” will win Emmys next year for Bateman and Linney? Watch their tense confrontation above, and watch the whole series when it premieres on the streaming service on July 21.
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