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Ahead of its fourth season, Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk has admitted that he initially thought the Breaking Bad spin-off show was “a huge risk”.
The series, which is a prequel to Breaking Bad, premiered in February 2015 with Odenkirk reprising his role as shady lawyer Jimmy McGill.
Its fourth season will arrive in the US in August and later this year in the UK.
“I always thought it was a huge risk, and all I wanted was [creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould] to do it for their own reasons, and not because I asked them to do it or pressured them to do it,” Odenkirk said in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“So I basically backed off every single time it was suggested to me. I think Vince might have thought it was kind of weird to suggest to an actor, ‘What if I create a show for you?,’ and have that actor look at him and go, ‘I dunno. It’s your free time. Do what you want with your time.’
“I didn’t want to be hoping, counting on it, and I didn’t know what it was. We didn’t really know who the character was when we left Breaking Bad.
“My first question when we talked was, ‘How do you make him likable?’ Because I didn’t like that guy. I mean, I like watching him — like a car wreck when you’re not in it. It’s intriguing. It pulls you in. But he’s a bad guy.”