Aaron Paul wants in, Dean Norris out for ‘Better Call Saul,’ the ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff


Cast member Aaron Paul attends a news conference to promote the movie “A Long Way Down” at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin Feb. 10, 2014. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
March 8

If Aaron Paul gets his way, “Breaking Bad” fans can expect to see Jesse Pinkman calling on Saul Goodman — and perhaps calling him some names — in the spinoff series centered on a sleazy lawyer.

Paul says he’d had “serious talks” with “Better Call Saul” co-creator Vince Gilligan about returning to his character, a low-level drug dealer before he produced methamphetamine with Bryan Cranston’s Walter White.

“Anything Vince is involved with, I’m there,” Paul said in an interview while promoting the new “Need For Speed” movie. “I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days — because it’s all a prequel — it would be fun.”

The Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” ended last year after five seasons. Gilligan told reporters last month that he would be asking its actors to make cameos in “Better Call Saul,” which will star Bob Odenkirk and is set to premiere in November on AMC.

It’s unclear whether Cranston will make an appearance. One actor who definitely won’t be involved is Dean Norris, who played White’s brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank Schrader. Norris is starring in the series “Under the Dome,” set to premiere its second season on CBS this summer.

“I don’t think they’ll let me do a little cable show,” Norris said in an interview while promoting the film “Small Time.”

“I think that experience was that experience. I’m not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it’s going to be awesome. So I can’t wait to see it.”

— Los Angeles Times

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