A troubling bit of news came out yesterday with the Los Angeles Times, TMZ, and a number of other news outlets reporting that actor Bob Odenkirk had collapsed on the set of Better Call Saul and was rushed to the hospital. As of this writing, there had been no official update on his status and it’s unclear what, exactly the issue is for the talented actor and comedian.
Apparently, while on the set and actively filming, Bob Odenkirk fell over and was immediately surrounded by cast and crew. An ambulance was called and he was taken to an Albuquerque hospital. He’s still under care there according to reports and we are sure there will be additional details throughout the day on his status. It’s a scary situation for all involved.
Bob Odenkirk was on set in New Mexico shooting Season 6 of Better Call Saul, the popular and critically-acclaimed prequel to AMC’s Breaking Bad. The show follows the exploits of Saul Goodman, the corrupt attorney, and fixer we first met when Bryan Cranston’s Walter White needed his service in the original series. Odenkirk has put on a master class in the role over the years, spanning now nine seasons total.
In the original Breaking Bad, we were introduced to Bob Odenkirk as Saul, a slick-talking and scummy lawyer who kept a chop shop law practice as a front for helping fix the issues of a local drug kingpin and his associates. In Better Call Saul, we’ve seen how his character came to be, a fascinating case study in the devolving corruption of a man who once had his moral compass pointed in the right direction. But we are watching in this latest show, how quickly that can become unraveled.
Bob Odenkirk has had an interesting career, starting first as a writer on Saturday Night Live and then gain notoriety in comedic circles especially with his work alongside David Cross in Mr. Show. It was there that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan noticed him and hired Odenkirk, sight unseen, to play Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad. It was the right choice with Odenkirk crushing the role over the years. Turning the focus onto the character for his own series also seemed like an odd choice at the time, but has proven more than correct over the years.
Most recently, Bob Odenkirk starred in Nobody, an action comedy film that has him as a trained assassin who’s spent years wallowing in the tedium of family life, trying to distance himself from his violent past. It was a pandemic release that managed to score around $57 million at the box office on its $16 million budget. And it was a hit with critics as well, hitting 84% on Rotten Tomatoes thanks to Odenkirk’s excellent turn as a dude who just wants to be a success for his family in things other than killing people on contract.
We are waiting to hear more news on the status of Bob Odenkirk and his health. There is likely to be an update sometime today and we are hoping for the best.