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"I Felt Very Much Like A Guest"——From Better Call Saul to Breaking Bad: The Incredible Rise of Bob Odenkirk's Iconic Role!
2024/05/13

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Bob Odenkirk, the comedic genius behind "Mr. Show with Bob and David," found himself in uncharted territory when he joined the cast of "Breaking Bad" as the flamboyant criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman.   Initially hired as a guest star in season 2, Odenkirk candidly admits he felt "very much like a guest amongst their company. " He hadn't even watched the show before joining!  Imagine the awkward hilarity when Bryan Cranston caught him out, asking, "You've never watched the show, have you?"  Odenkirk simply laughed, avoiding the question.

A Comedian in a World of Drama

Odenkirk's arrival on the set of "Breaking Bad" was a fascinating clash of styles.   He was known for his comedic timing, while the show was a gritty, intense drama about a chemistry teacher turned drug lord.   It's understandable that he initially felt out of place.   He was joining an already established ensemble cast with a strong dynamic and a very specific tone.

However, Odenkirk's performance as Saul Goodman quickly resonated with audiences.

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 His character, with his brash suits, outrageous schemes, and dark humor, provided a much-needed comedic relief in the otherwise tense atmosphere of the show.  The writers, recognizing the gold they had struck, expanded Saul's role, making him an integral part of Walter White's descent into the criminal underworld.

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