The character of Saul Goodman has come a long way since he was first introduced in the Breaking Bad episode titled “Better Call Saul.” I mean, sort of. Since Better Call Saul the series is a prequel, he’s technically still working his way up to where we saw him in Breaking Bad, but in terms of the depth the character has, he’s arguably much more developed than even Walter White was in his own series.
Still, though the character is currently more likable than he ever really was in Breaking Bad, there is no arguing that he made quite the entertaining splash. He’s so well played in that introductory episode that it’s hard to imagine they didn’t know they had gold on their hands, right? Well, it looks like actor Bob Odenkirk may have been more unsure than his performance would imply as he revealed to EW:
“It was so goddamn well-written. I loved that first scene where he introduces himself. It was so different in tone from anything I had done… I couldn’t believe how much Saul there was. I’m aghast, alarmed, at my own confidence in playing the character. I mean, I didn’t know what the f**k I was doing. I was just taking a run at it, and more than half expecting to be told, ‘You can go home now. We’re going to get a real actor.’ I was amazed at how completely I embraced the character and dug in. The monologue is really fun, where he’s telling Walter White that he’s a fraud and that it’s a front. And he’s just enjoying himself. That was really fun to play, and I fully understood how much fun it was at the time.”
It’s crazy to hear that he was so insecure that he thought they may resort to bringing in another actor. Given the performance he’s given in countless episodes of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, I’m sure I’m not alone in not being able to imagine anyone else in the role at this point.
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