He puts the “criminal” in your defense; meet Jimmy McGill before he became Saul Goodman of "Breaking Bad."
Albuquerque is no stranger to successful television shows, with "Breaking Bad" putting the city on the map and employing many New Mexicans. "Better Call Saul" has proven to be just as notable, earning great acclaim and many accolades.
Bob Odenkirk got his start in comedy, working as an Emmy-winning writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "The Ben Stiller Show" and moving on to acting and live sketch comedy, including HBO’s "Mr. Show with Bob and David." In 2009, Odenkirk joined the cast of AMC’s "Breaking Bad" as Saul Goodman – meant to provide some comic relief amid the serious nature of the show. His performance proved to add a unique perspective to the story that was somewhat unexpected by the show’s creators.
“The more we worked with him, the more soul and depth we found. We loved that he was funny, but there was so much range there. He crushed it so completely that we started to daydream about what else we could do,” Gilligan said in an interview with the New York Times.
A note to fans from co-creators and executive producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould:
Welcome to the world of James M. McGill, Esq.
For viewers of 'Breaking Bad,' there’s much that will be familiar in this series: the bright Albuquerque skies, the dark humor, and — most of all — the passion and devotion to detail from cast and crew.
Having said that, 'Better Call Saul' is a brand new show. We’re telling a different story here — one with its own rhythm, its own look, its own tone. We’re excited to share it with you.
This show has been a crazy ride for us. The character of Jimmy McGill has taken us places we never expected. Jimmy’s not yet Saul Goodman: he’s his own man, and he’s messy and struggling and still finding himself. One day he’ll transform into Albuquerque’s favorite criminal lawyer, but right now he’s a more or less law-abiding underdog on the bottom rung of the legal system.
We’re loving every moment of Bob Odenkirk’s deeply human performance as unstoppable, inventive Jimmy races through an ethical slalom course, trying to make a name for himself.
We hope you enjoy it.
- Vince & Peter