Just because crooked attorney Saul Goodman was frequently played for laughs on AMC’s Breaking Bad, don’t look for the upcoming spinoff Better Call Saul to be a sitcom.
“It’s total drama, man,” star Bob Odenkirk tells The Hollywood Reporter, which notes the show was only briefly envisioned as a half-hour comedy. “It’s 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy.”
The actor reveals that moving from a supporting character to the lead gives him the opportunity to make decisions based on his character’s personality.
“That doesn’t happen so much with secondary characters because they don’t need to have that depth,” Odenkirk says. “One of the cool things about playing Saul now is that I get to have those moments. I’ve certainly gotten a chance to dig deep in Better Call Saul.”
He also confirms that while Better Call Saul skips around in time, it’s set in 2002, before the opening of Breaking Bad.
Although he’s been shooting the show for the past few months, Odenkirk says he hasn’t “seen a frame of it.” That’s because the actor never watches anything he does. “I really don’t want to know what’s coming later and I don’t look back at what came before,” he says. “I think it’s a perfectly good way to approach acting to not know what the f— is going on.”
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