How Bob Odenkirk Stood Up to ‘Better Call Saul’ Producers in Season 1 and the Crew Was Grateful

by Jeremy Spirogis
Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk is first on the decision sheet for Better Call Saul. When he was on Breaking Bad, it was Bryan Cranston on the high, however the prequel is Jimmy McGill (Odenkirk)’s present. Odenkirk takes his accountability critically. He rehearses his traces together with his costars, typically even when he’s not within the scene. Even he has limits although.

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk | Warrick Page/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Odenkirk was a visitor on Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast Inside of You. He described his dedication to rehearsals, but in addition described a time through the first season the place he was overworked. It wasn’t till he came upon the crew was overworked too that he mentioned one thing. Better Call Saul airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on AMC.

The producers of ‘Better Call Saul’ saved squeezing extra work out of Bob Odenkirk

Odenkirk seen the distinction between Breaking Bad and turning into the primary character of Better Call Saul. He had much more dialogue to study, and much more scenes to shoot. When manufacturing would fall behind, they’d ask him to return to set lower than 12 hours later. Technically, actors are assured a 12 hour turnaround, however Odenkirk was magnanimous about it. 

Jimmy McGill/Saul GoodmanJimmy McGill/Saul Goodman
Bob Odenkirk | Warrick Page/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

“I was so thankful that we were making this show, I didn’t want anybody to have any problem because of me,” Odenkirk mentioned. “I’ll just work harder. I kept asking the AD [assistant director], ‘Can I say no?’ They would never say, ‘You don’t have to do this.’ They would always say, ‘Hey, we need to force your call and we need to do it for blah blah blah blah blah’ then they’d look at me. I’d be like okay, well, do it I guess.”

The ‘Better Call Saul’ schedule was taking a toll on Bob Odenkirk

If Better Call Saul had saved up that tempo, Odenkirk wouldn’t have made it to season 5, not to mention the ultimate sixth season coming quickly. 

“A couple weeks into that, I was getting really fatigued,” Odenkirk mentioned. “I lost my voice.”

Odenkirk tried to determine if he might say no to pushing his name time, however the producers and assistant administrators dodged the query.

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call SaulBob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk | Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

“I was like, ‘Are you asking me? Are you telling me?’” Odenkirk mentioned. “Even when I said that question they’d go, ‘Well, it’s just that we can’t make…’ They wouldn’t answer the question. It was driving my f*cking crazy.”

Even Rosenbaum knowledgeable Odenkirk that the actor has the precise to say no and demand on 12 hours turnaround time. 

“I know, they would never present it to me that way,” Odenkirk mentioned. “It was like, ‘We need to.’ It was like I think you’re just informing me of what you need to do.  All right, you don’t even have to tell me that. The way you’re talking is so weird. Just give me the sheet that says I have to wake up earlier.”

Bob Odenkirk lastly stood up for the crew

The final straw came to visit a weekend. Actors are presupposed to get 36 hours of turnaround on a weekend. 

“This is week six or seven and episode five where they were going to force the weekend call,” Odenkirk mentioned. “We were shooting ‘til around 7:00 a.m Saturday morning. Starting Friday at 6:00 p.m., we shot until Saturday at 7:00 a.m. Then Monday we start at 5:30 a.m. So [they say], ‘We need to force the weekend call. You can’t have your 36 hours.”

When Odenkirk threatened to say no, he realized there was extra at stake than himself.

Rhea Seehorn and Bob OdenkirkRhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk
Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk | Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

“That was the point where I said, ‘Can I say no?’” Odenkirk mentioned. “This person looked at me and said, ‘I think the crew would really appreciate it if you said no.’ They’re f*cking dying. They must think I’m an *sshole for saying yes to this over and over. I thought I had to say yes. You didn’t even offer it to me as a question. So I said, ‘Well, f*cking no then.’ Then I got on top of it. From that point on I was like okay, hold on a second.”

‘Better Call Saul’ has been a lot smoother ever since

Odenkirk gave producers the good thing about the doubt that they have been nonetheless determining the way to schedule Better Call Saul. He’s glad he put his foot down although.

Better Call Saul: Bob OdenkirkBetter Call Saul: Bob Odenkirk
Bob Odenkirk | Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

“You know, the job of a producer in this business is to shoot as much as possible in as little time as possible, to save money,” Odenkirk. “That’s their job. They’re doing their job if your back is against the wall. But if you can’t do a good job because they’ve jammed too much in, then they’re not doing their job. They gotta find that line. These producers had not yet found that line.”

Leave a Comment