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Actor Bob Odenkirk portrays the title character on AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” the award-winning prequel series to “Breaking Bad.” Washington Post opinions editor-at-large Michael Duffy talks with Odenkirk about the show’s sixth and final season and his journey through the highs and lows of Hollywood, which he shares in his new memoir, “Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama.”

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Highlights

“The first thought I had was ‘Saul is not likable enough to build a show around.’ And that’s the first thing I said to Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould… They didn’t balk when I said that… and they invented Jimmy McGill, the man behind the man, and he’s a very likable guy whose got a very earnest side to him... You could say Saul is a cynic, but he’s not really a cynic at all, he’s an idealist whose heart was broken too many times and he’s sort of effortfully being cynical.” – Bob Odenkirk (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I hope it’s changed me. You like to think you’ll get some kind of life knowledge, some kind of greater awareness, sense of yourself, sense of the world, sense of your mortality… I just think I want to try to put some space in my life, that’s what I got from getting through that. The way you appreciate life is putting a little bit of space in between all your hustle and activity… I’ve had to rush for about the last four years and I really am a little bit ashamed and maybe even a little bit angry about that.” – Bob Odenkirk (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I wanted to warn people because I know that I’m more famous from ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Nobody’ than I am famous from ‘Mr. Show,’ ‘Tenacious D’… ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show’… all the comedy that took up 26 years of my career entirely. And I wanted to write about that comedy.” – Bob Odenkirk (Video: Washington Post Live)

Bob Odenkirk

Actor, “Better Call Saul” & Author, “Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir”


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