Bob Odenkirk reveals how Breaking Bad saved him from bankruptcy
As far as Hollywood goes, Bob Odenkirk has had one of the most interesting careers. The actor started out doing comedy and was best known for Mr. Showthe sketch series he made with David Cross in the 1990s. Odenkirk achieved a new level of fame when he began playing Saul Goodman in the award-winning series, breaking Badwhich eventually led to a spin-off starring Odenkirk, You better call Saul, which just wrapped production on its final season. Recently, Odenkirk was interviewed by Howard Stern, and he revealed that breaking Bad saved him from bankruptcy.
“What happened was I spent time making feature films. They weren’t great, I wasn’t paid very much for them, I loved directing them, mostly, I I didn’t really have a direction. I didn’t have a vision for these things and this journey as a director. So I kind of ended up in this money pit. I got this phone call from my business manager one morning saying, “You have to sign this loan to stay afloat. That was a weird call, Howard. I had little kids and life was pretty good, and I’m doing these jobs and developing stuff and I get this phone call…”
Odenkirk went on to say that he had no idea about the loan and it led him to consult another business owner who suggested he keep taking jobs to earn money, so he ” stopped being picky” and his “arrogant self”. “I said, ‘Work is work, let’s do it,'” Odenkirk told Stern.
After about a year and a half of taking any job that came his way, he got the offer of breaking Bad. “I checked anyway. I still wanted to know what the show was.” The actor’s friend, Reid Harrison, told him, “Oh, this is the best show on TV, you gotta do this.” And the rest is history!
Last month, Odenkirk paid tribute to “the incredible team of people” behind the two-part, 13-episode finale of You better call Saulwhich will air this year on AMC and AMC+.
“An amazing team of people wrapped up filming ‘Better Call Saul’ in Albuquerque, NM yesterday,” Odenkirk wrote on Instagram. “It all started in 2014, with great writing still leading the charge, and despite challenges of all kinds, our energy and focus never wavered. I’m honored to have been a part of it.”
AMC has set an April 18 premiere for the first seven episodes of Better Call Saul: The Final Season Part 1. The series will return with its final six episodes when The Final Season Part 2 premieres July 11.