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Bob Odenkirk: ‘Stop Hoping’ For A Walter White Cameo On ‘Better Call Saul’


Jimmy McGill is at it once more. The small-time lawyer and lead character of AMC’s “Better Call Saul” is again for Season P of the hit present and “Breaking Bad” spin-off. 

Bob Odenkirk, who performs McGill/Saul Goodman on the drama, has been busy filming new episodes, and naturally, fielding the query: “When will we see Walter White (Bryan Cranston) make a cameo on the present?”

Full disclosure: We requested him that, too. 

Later this month, Odenkirk will doubtless get that query once more on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in the course of the thirty third annual PaleyFest, which runs from March eleven-20. The fifty three-yr-previous actor, together with fellow forged members and collection creator Vince Gilligan, will participate in a “Better Call Saul” V&A on March 12 as a part of the fest, hosted by the Paley Center for Media. Footage from PaleyFest may even stream on Hulu. 

But earlier than that occurs, we requested Odenkirk some questions (by way of e mail) about the way forward for “Better Call Saul,” “Breaking Bad” and extra. 

When I first noticed your character launched on “Breaking Bad,” I stated aloud, “This character goes to be massive — by far my favourite.” You have been simply so … nice! What a presence. Did you understand how huge of an element Saul would play going into the collection?

No approach! Everyone joked about how the character would have a spin-off, however I assume they have been simply giddy at how massive and off-beat Saul was on the planet of “Breaking Bad.” Vince Gilligan had an intuition that it could possibly be actual and shared that with me early … I take Vince very significantly, however nonetheless, in all probability ought to have taken him much more significantly. He meant it!

How would you describe Saul in your personal phrases?

Saul? Or Jimmy McGill? Saul can be described as: a facade, and a facile one at that; superficial, adept, and missing substance. Jimmy McGill: earnest, complicated, pushed, hopeful, human.

Can you speak about what it is wish to work with Vince Gilligan?

I don’t assist in any method with the writing, so my interplay with Vince is restricted. He’s an extremely mild, even “genteel” fellow. Serious as could be, humble, and intensely onerous-working. I take him very, very critically, as he ought to be taken. I truly simply want he would take a trip as a result of I really feel dangerous that he sacrifices a lot for his artwork … and he’s an artist.

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How a lot say do you will have over story arc or your character normally?

None. And I need none. I like spit-balling with Vince and Peter Gould, who co-created the present, however I half-hope they utterly ignore me and steamroll any concepts I pitch deep into the bottom. I need to learn one thing shocking when I learn the scripts, I need to see sides to the character that I might by no means have guessed at, and I just like the problem of linking up new layers to what we have already established.

What’s one thing about Vince that you would share which will shock us?

It’s simply an intuition that I have, I can’t show this, however I assume Vince is aware of far excess of he tells anybody; and I assume he is aware of that he is aware of it … so do not buy the “aw, shucks, i do not know what I’m doing” act … however I do love that act.

 Some viewers have been scratching their heads after the Season P premiere of “Better Call Saul,” with some saying the storyline appeared a bit of misplaced. What are you able to inform viewers about the way it will all match into the larger image for Season P?

I get it. The greater image is NOTHING LIKE WHAT YOU EXPECT!  Because guess what? YOU’RE NOT WRITING THE SHOW! And neither is the “consensus” instincts of the “viewers” … Vince and Peter are OUT ON A LIMB, and they’re following a personality of depth with sensitivity and integrity they usually haven’t any look after conference. So be careful. Also, if you wish to write the Saul story the best way YOU need it to play out … have at it! Fan-fiction it up!  I’ll take the work of those superb execs.

We know you’ll be able to’t speak an excessive amount of about this season, however with out giving an excessive amount of away, what else can we anticipate because it shakes out?

Incremental progress; coronary heart-rending failure.

What — if something — do you’ve gotten in widespread with Saul?

Late bloomer. Although I did pretty nicely, pretty early, with my old flame of sketch comedy.

There’s been a lot speak about a Walter White cameo. What are the probabilities he exhibits up in Season P?

Nil. Stop hoping. Stop referencing “Breaking Bad” … it hasn’t occurred but … this present is THIS present, and it is full and sophisticated and the stakes are totally different and it is a helluva distinctive and wealthy expertise.

What different characters from “Breaking Bad” would you like to see on “Better Call Saul”?

None or all … I’m on this present and having fun with it. Join me!


How has life modified for you personally — ever since “Breaking Bad”? You had already achieved some extra, however do you are feeling extra recognizable?

I am acknowledged by far much more individuals in on a regular basis life than my sketch comedy profession initiated. People are usually fairly goddamn nice about it and I do not have a lot hassle simply being the identical previous me inside this new context. I’m OK with it, and typically it is actually enjoyable.

Now that you’ve got had a few years away from it, what do you assume it was about “Breaking Bad” that basically resonated with so many individuals?

The masterful storytelling. The undeniable fact that the present might be so shocking, the stakes might proceed to rise, and but every part linked up and there was a core of emotional fact that by no means was ignored or wholesale deserted — it was all the time simply layered deeper. Quite a feat.

When you are not filming, how do you take pleasure in spending your time?

Dog park. Reading. Riding my bike. Being ignored by my youngsters. Visiting New York!

What’s subsequent for you? I see you’ve gotten a number of movies within the works.

I shot a function that I’ve been kicking round in rewrites for thirteen years or so. It’s referred to as “Girlfriends Day” and it’ll play on Netflix someday subsequent yr. It’s a candy and humorous little cupcake of a film, made principally of frosting … I hope you take pleasure in it, I positive had enjoyable making it. 


“Better Call Saul” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.

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