Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk reveals what he wants to do next now that the series has ended. Odenkirk’s acting career began in the late 1980s in largely comic roles, with minor roles in the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show which were in addition to being part of the writing staff on both. He would later go on to star in Mr. Show with Bob and David with his co-creator David Cross as well as partnering with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim on projects like Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.
In spite of his comedic origins, his career took a new direction when he first played the character of Saul Goodman in the AMC crime drama Breaking Bad. That show followed Bryan Cranston as a high school science teacher who becomes a meth kingpin after discovering he has a terminal illness. Odenkirk first appeared as the crooked attorney Saul in season 2, episode 8, “Better Call Saul,” going on to become a member of the main cast and appear in a total of 36 episodes of the series. After Breaking Bad went off the air in 2013, he followed that up with the prequel series Better Call Saul, which ran on AMC for five seasons beginning in 2015 and concluding last month, on August 15, 2022.
Deadline had the opportunity to attend a masterclass run by Odenkirk at the Venice Film Festival this week. During the event, he revealed what he intends to do now that Better Call Saul is over. After appearing in the 2021 action thriller Nobody, he realized that the action scenes he performed were similar to the sketch comedy of his youth, like the slapstick fights in early Jackie Chan projects. This newfound passion for the format led him to reveal that “if I get my way you’re going to see me doing more action.” Read his full quote below:
I was very surprised by Nobody. I had initiated that project because I had a feeling that the character I was developing in Better Call Saul was the kind of character you see in an action film. He has earnest desires and he was willing to sacrifice himself…I still train multiple times a week and if I get my way you’re going to see me doing more action. I found the action sequences a great deal of fun and close to doing sketch comedy…I love the early Jackie Chan films which had humour in them. I’d like to get that in [the] future.
Odenkirk is already committed to the crime drama Straight Man, a retelling of The Driver that will reunite him with Breaking Bad co-star Giancarlo Esposito and creator Vince Gilligan. However, when he is not on set for that series, he may have the opportunity to get his wish for more action-driven material. He has already proven that he is able to lead an action flick with Nobody, and if Nobody 2 moves forward, as has been rumored, that could be the perfect time for him to transition genres yet again.
Clearly the Better Call Saul star has found a lane he’d like to stick to, at least for the time being. If he gets his way, it’s entirely possible he could have a late career resurgence just like Liam Neeson, who didn’t become an action star until he was in his 50s and appeared in the 2008 hit Taken. Nobody wasn’t as big a hit as Taken, but if Odenkirk plays his cards right, he could potentially lead his own franchise as well.