Bob Odenkirk is one of the most loved actors in the world today. His Saul Goodman is an iconic, immortal character. However, before taking on the role of the ingenious lawyer in the second season of Breaking Bad he was not doing so well, quite the opposite. He was broke. It was he who told it himself on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show.
You said you were bankrupt, literally bankrupt before Breaking Bad – the host asks
To which Bob replied:
Yes, I was. Which was crazy, I had worked on a few films, but they weren’t that great and I didn’t get paid much to make them. I had a lot of fun shooting them, but it led me to not really being in sight. My path as a director was not clear to me. So I ended up in this financial black hole and one morning I got this call from my manager saying, “You have to take this loan to stay afloat.” It was a strange call, and I had young children
Bob ended up hiring a new manager whose advice was to take any role and to “bring money.” Odenkirk has spent years directing commercials, acting in small multiple roles and writing for television. Then came 2008 and Bob Odenkirk was offered a role in Breaking Bad, which was not a sensational hit at the time. His agent advised him not to say no.
And I thought: “Dude, I haven’t said no in a year and a half, but maybe you haven’t noticed” – recalled the actor. Anyway I checked the same, I wanted to know what it was. I called a friend, Reid Harrison, who said to me: “But it’s the best show on TV right now! You absolutely have to do it “