Finally, the crazy ride that Ozark has been had come to an end. We all did not want this day to come but it was essential for the story of the Byrde family to have an ending. Over the years, Ozark had established a foundation for itself in the heart of fans and among critiques. Everyone loved the show and it even won a couple of Emmys. One of the most appreciated aspects of Ozark was Jason Bateman starring in the show and even directing a few episodes.
Bateman also won an Emmy for his direction in the show. His performance in the show is so good that even Ryan had to praise him.
Ryan Reynolds praised Jason Bateman on the finale of Ozark
When Ozark was first released in 2017, many people and critics were not so fond of Jason’s new role. Jason Bateman has been a comedic legend. He has had some of the funniest films in recent history. So when he decided to star in a dark-humored thriller, it was obvious that some apprehensions accompanied the show’s first season.
However, four extremely successful seasons and many Emmys later all are stunned, to say the least. Bateman says that his acting and direction in the final episode of the Ozark were considered so great by his dear friend and The Adam Project star Ryan Reynolds that the Canadian actor sent him an appreciation text.
The text from Ryan praised Jason’s acting and his amazing ability to stay within character at all times.
Ryan wrote “You are so f—ing good at your job, it’s frightening. Even the moments I’m expecting a perfect Bateman comedy layup, you have the mental temerity to resist and stay with the character.”
The Deadpool actor even calls his performance a “masterclass” and something to learn from.
Why did Bateman choose to act in the show?
Jason initially agreed to direct Ozark instead of acting in it. However, he ended up being Marty Byrde and directing nine episodes including the finale. His onscreen wife Laura Linney also made her directorial debut in the last season of the show.
So while talking about why Jason acted in the also he said that his decision was merely practical and a “time saver.”
Stream the brilliant finale of Ozark only on Netflix.