Bob Odenkirk on ‘Better Call Saul’: “I like… playing the moment, without a sense of where it’s going to go next”

Actor Bob Odenkirk

Prior to Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk was probably best known for appearing in the cult favorite sketch comedy series Mr. Show. However, he was already one of the most respected comedy writers in the industry, having worked on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Dennis Miller Show, among others. Speaking with Deadline about his role on the AMC series follow-up to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Odenkirk reveals whether he sees himself as an actor or a writer.

Though Odenkirk came up through comedy, he has developed a deep respect for dramatic television writing. He says, “I really respect the long-form TV storytelling, balancing the story progression and the arcs, discovering motivations for the characters that weren’t there initially, and making everything play honestly and organically.”

Despite Odenkirk’s background as a writer, he admits he stays as far away from the writing room as possible on the series. He explains, “I like the fact that I don’t know where we’re headed. I like playing the person, and playing the moment, without a sense of where it’s going to go next.”

Nonetheless, though audiences now recognize Odenkirk from playing Saul Goodman on two television series, he still doesn’t think of himself as an actor. He admits, “Look, I take it all very seriously, but still—just as a fallback in my own mind—the way I see myself is very much as a writer. Maybe I’m wrong. Just maybe I’m wrong.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/daniel-day-lewis-phantom-thread.jpg
Daniel Day-Lewis on His “Final” Role in ‘Phantom Thread’: “The impulse to quit took root in me, and that became a compulsion”
"All my life, I’ve mouthed off about how I should stop acting, and I don’t know why it was different this time" - Daniel Day-Lewis
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/adam-driver-last-jedi.jpg
Adam Driver: “Basically, the only thing I try to do is know my lines”
"I never figure anything out. I do my job. That’s my goal, to be as economical as possible." - Adam Driver
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/cranston-hammer-pattinson.jpg
Bryan Cranston, Robert Pattinson and Armie Hammer on Working with Others
"You know, it’s not imperative that you get along with your co-stars; it’s like your in-laws — it just makes things easier" - Bryan Cranston
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/margot-robbie-I-tonya.jpg
Margot Robbie: “I do timelines and backstories, I work with a dialect coach, a movement coach and an acting coach”
"I need to be with other actors, then my focus is on what they’re doing and all I need to do is react to it. I’m too in my head if I’m on my own." - Margot Robbie
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/lucas-hedges-three-billboards.jpg
Lucas Hedges: “I feel like this responsibility to be a great actor, yet I have so much to learn”
"If I don’t go to work, I feel very lost and scared and confused." - Lucas Hedges on Acting