The actor who played Saul Goodman, the lawyer with dubious morals in the drama series Breaking Bad, will star in his own spinoff.
Folklaw has been staying in a lot lately, watching episode after episode of Breaking Bad, the highly-addictive TV show about chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer Walter White. With only the final season to go, Folklaw was thrilled to hear that White’s shady lawyer, played by Bob Odenkirk (pictured), would be returning to the small screen.
An article in Salon.com has revealed the creators of Breaking Bad are working on a spinoff called Better Call Saul, a prequel that tells the story of how Goodman became the sort of lawyer who represents drug dealers and public masturbators.
For those who haven’t seen the show, Goodman plays a crooked lawyer with criminal connections – the kind of guy who knows a guy, who knows a guy, who knows another guy. Since his debut in series two, Folklaw has been enthralled by the lawyer’s spin on practising “criminal” law, often giving clients sage advice about maintaining a drug empire wrapped in a witty one-liner.
A classic Goodman witticism is when he tells his two clients: “Christ. You two. All I can say is if I ever get anal polyps I’ll know what to name them.”
Speaking with Salon.com, Odenkirk said the new show’s comedy will be black.
“Vince Gilligan [Breaking Bad’s creator] and the writers will make the ultimate decision, but Vince has told me ... it will be slightly more dark than it is funny.
“That’s an interesting balance to strike. And I’m excited.”
Folklaw predicts that Better Call Saul won’t disappoint.
Odenkirk has some serious comedy cred. He’s a stand-up comedian who has written for Saturday Night Live and The Dennis Miller Show.
Meanwhile, actor Bryan Cranston (who plays Walter White) also made headlines this week when he received a gushing fan email from screen legend Sir Anthony Hopkins.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday (15 October) that Hopkins admitted to addictively watching the entire 62-episode series of Breaking Bad in just two weeks, describing Cranston’s performance as the “best acting I have ever seen – ever”.
He also reportedly praised the “epic” show for restoring his confidence in the industry.
Folklaw hears ya Hopkins...