Before Bob Odenkirk played Saul Goodman in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” he broke his piggy bank just to float.
The Emmy-nominated “Better Call Saul” star has revealed that he actually went bankrupt before landing his famous role on the award-winning TV series Bryan Cranston.
“I got a phone call,” They’ll offer you a role in “Breaking Bad,” “” Odenkirk, 59, tell jock shock veteran Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show
Father of two – who is currently promoting his new memoir “Comedy Comedy Comedy” – recounted that “Breaking Bad” wasn’t a hit show or a big show at the time, so his agent warned him “don’t say ‘no.’ ”
“And I said, ‘Man, I haven’t said ‘no’ in a year and a half – but you probably didn’t notice it, ‘before’ Mr. Show” the star continued.
The dramatic series premiered in 2008 on AMC and ended its five seasons in 2013. Before starring in “Breaking Bad,” Odenkirk tried his hand at directing and he was working on several film projects. The story was not financially successful.
He revealed to Stern, 68, that as a director, he has very little creativity and no foresight. The films he was directing had left him with a “financial hole”, which eventually led to him having to call his sales manager for help. His then-business manager surprised him by applying for a $900,000 loan so Odenkirk could “keep growing.”
Odenkirk was skeptical about the role and revealed to the radio host that he contacted one of his friends for advice before accepting the role.
“I still watch it, I still want to know what the hell the show is about,” he said. “I called up a friend, who I wrote to, Reid Harrison, and he said, ‘Oh, that’s the best show on TV. You must do that. That’s the best there is. ‘ “
His success in “Breaking Bad” and the popularity of his character set the stage for the actor to star in his spin-off. “Better Call Saul” premiered on AMC in 2015 and is scheduled to end later this year.
The “Fargo” actor is currently receiving treatment after suffering from “little heart final attack year on the set of “Better Call Saul.” He also discussed his health with Stern and said CPR, a defibrillator and fitness have saved his life.
Someone on the set of New Mexico began CPR after he collapsed last July, which Odenkirk said, “saved my life.” A defibrillator was then used on the former “Saturday Night Live” scribe three times.
“A lot, actually, Howard,” explained Odenkirk. “When the defibrillator doesn’t work once, that’s not good. When it doesn’t work the second time, it’s like – forget it. But then they cranked it up a third time, and it got me back into rhythm.”
Odenkirk added that he’s in good physical shape for the 2021 horror film “Nobody” and that has helped him survive.
“Because I’m in good shape, you can dilate the other veins around your heart, if you exercise a lot,” he says. “And I was told that more blood can reach my heart during CPR because these veins only get a little bigger after a lot of exercise.”
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