BET­TER CALL SAUL

As Break­ing Bad spin-off Bet­ter Call Saul con­cludes its sec­ond se­ries, the slow-burn­ing pre­quel is prov­ing to be just as es­sen­tial view­ing as the orig­i­nal. Crime Scene sits down with its star and pro­ducer, Bob Odenkirk, to dis­cuss his dream role, mul­ti­ple

Crime Scene - - CONTENTS - By JAMES MOTTRAM

Bob Odenkirk, star of the Break­ing Bad pre­quel, in con­ver­sa­tion.

Got the Break­ing Bad blues? Then you’d Bet­ter Call Saul. Af­ter two sea­sons, Vince Gil­li­gan and Peter Gould’s spin-off has truly be­gun to emerge from the shadow of its phe­nom­e­nal pre­de­ces­sor, with a smart­lyengi­neered take on the pre- BB life of one of its most en­dear­ing char­ac­ters, Saul Good­man. Repris­ing his role – al­beit in his former iden­tity, James ‘Jimmy’ Mcgill, or Slip­pin’ Jimmy to his friends – Bob Odenkirk is given even more room to let his char­ac­ter flour­ish and floun­der. As fans will know, former scam artist Jimmy is a struggling pub­lic de­fender in New Mex­ico who, as the show pro­gresses, be­comes em­broiled with Ham­lin, Ham­lin & Mcgill, the pres­ti­gious lo­cal law firm where his trou­bled older brother Chuck (Michael Mck­ean) and love in­ter­est Kim (Rhea See­horn) both work. Filled with sub­tle con­nec­tions to Break­ing Bad, it’s a fan’s dream-show – which may ex­plain why the 53 year-old Odenkirk, dressed to­day in a char­coal suit and grey pullover, is like a kid in a candy store.

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