Bob Odenkirk Is Surpised 'Breaking Bad's Walter White Was 'So Popular'!
Bob Odenkirk has opened up about the new season of Better Call Saul and the art of the anti-hero.
“A character can be so bad and people are still on their side? You think, really? How bad can you be?,” the 54-year-old actor recently expressed (via BigIssue). “People sympathised with Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston)! Vince Gilligan [Breaking Bad creator] said that he hated this guy, how he couldn’t live in that life anymore, how he was an awful person. Maybe it’s who gets the most screen time. Maybe your brain says, ‘yep, that’s the hero’. Because Walter White was horrible, and people still wanted him to win. The surprise is that he was so popular.”
“The phenomenon of the anti-hero, of people identifying with an ethically compromised person, is very curious,” Bob added. “My experience of getting this show to happen is probably vastly different to a young actor who’s auditioning like crazy and then suddenly someone writes him a show. I’ve been in this business for a long time and I’ve watched shows go and fail, tried at things. I’ve written 15 to 20 pilots that didn’t go. It wasn’t as big as an excitement for me until we were done with the first season and I saw the billboards go up and I thought, holy shit I’ve got a show! This is a year and a half after the announcement.”
Pictured: Bob joined by co-star Rhea Seehorn at their photo call for Better Call Saul held at the Telefonica flagship store on Tuesday (April 18) in Madrid, Spain.
Season three of Better Call Saul is on Netflix, with new episodes weekly every Tuesday.
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