If you have not been watching American Movie Channel's Breaking Bad, you have been missing one of the best shows on TV, and perhaps one of the best on TV in decades. There are so many great actors and great performances to learn from on the show. The characters experience and express a range of emotions and have a myriad of objectives.
One of the more intriguing and somewhat comical characters on the show is shady-lawyer Saul Goodman, played with panache by Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk, a comedian, has stolen many a scene on this acclaimed show.
Odenkirk recently gave an interview for the AMC. Read the beginning of the AMC interview here:
Q&A – Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman)
Q: Were you fearful for Saul’s life this season?
A: All the time. Every time I picked up a script I felt certain it would happen — I was just looking for it.
Q: What was it like getting beaten up by Aaron Paul?
A: One of the most fun experiences I’ve had as an actor. I love pyrotechnics and fights; all the things that you can’t do in real life. I can’t believe I get to do this as a living! That was a great day; Aaron was just deeply in the moment and his character. His presence was so powerful that there were times that I had to remind myself not to be an audience to his excellence but to be involved myself. The scene where Walt threatens me in the beginning of Season 5, and the moment when both of them have me over an open grave in the desert; those are also great moments for me in this career.
Q: Saul has had to become more serious as the seasons have gone on. As a comedian, which do you prefer more serious moments or humorous ones?
A: Saul had more fun in the earlier seasons because he got to joke around more. Everything was a big laugh to him. He thought he could make a bunch of money with these people and it seemed to be true. Of course, it all went awry. People probably think I just want to play the jokey part, but that’s not true. As an actor, I love playing those moments of danger and fear. So I’ve had a couple of those scenes in every season. But when he realized that Walter White is a dangerous guy, that was a revelation for Saul. He thought he was getting into business with a level-headed guy.
Q: Everyone has their own favorite Saul line. What’s yours?
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