Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk has admitted that he initially thought the spin-off show was “a huge risk” to make.
The series, which acts as a prequel to Breaking Bad, premiered in February 2015 with Odenkirk reprising his role as lawyer Jimmy McGill. Its fourth season – which was previewed with a teaser trailer earlier this week – will arrive in the US in August.
Odenkirk has looked back on the origins of Better Call Saul in a new interview, where he revealed that he was unsure at first about how the show would be perceived.
“I always thought it was a huge risk, and all I wanted was [creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould] to do it for their own reasons, and not because I asked them to do it or pressured them to do it,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“So I basically backed off every single time it was suggested to me. I think Vince might have thought it was kind of weird to suggest to an actor, ‘What if I create a show for you?,’ and have that actor look at him and go, ‘I dunno. It’s your free time. Do what you want with your time.’
“I didn’t want to be hoping, counting on it, and I didn’t know what it was. We didn’t really know who the character was when we left Breaking Bad.”
Odenkirk added that those initial discussions about Better Call Saul largely centred around making its lead character “likable”.
“My first question when we talked was, ‘How do you make him likable?’ Because I didn’t like that guy. I mean, I like watching him — like a car wreck when you’re not in it. It’s intriguing. It pulls you in. But he’s a bad guy.”
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan spoke recently about his desire to bring back the popular show’s main characters, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.