“I don’t want to overstate it, but we were appropriately nervous about even doing the show. And then, how would it be accepted?” reveals Bob Odenkirk about the pressure of spinning off his character Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill from “Breaking Bad” to “Better Call Saul.” (Watch our webcam chat below.)
Even though he has two Emmys, for writing “Saturday Night Live” and “The Ben Stiller Show,” and has been part of the ensemble on Emmy champs “Breaking Bad” and “Fargo,” he admits to being caught off-guard when he won Best Drama Actor at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards. “Amazing. It was stunning and surprising and really fun. A big jolt of energy. Of course, I was with the creators of the show, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and Jonathan Banks was there, Rhea Seehorn and Patrick Fabian, some of my cast mates … And just being nominated for an award is more than we could ever have hoped for.”
If Odenkirk gets nominated at the Emmy awards, as Gold Derby predicts, he already knows which episode he’ll submit to the judges as an example of his best work. “It’s not even a challenging question. The ninth episode of the show. That episode [‘Pimento’] is one that I think took the most to do and the most out of me and I’m very proud of the work that I did. And I’m gonna say that one of the reasons I did well was because I was acting with Michael McKean.”
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