With “Breaking Bad” fans eager to fill the hole the series’ end left behind, it’s surprising to learn that Saul Goodman himself, Bob Odenkirk, has yet to watch any footage of his own spinoff series, “Better Call Saul.”
Despite filming since earlier this summer, the actor told The Hollywood Reporter that he hasn’t watched a single frame of the coming drama-comedy series.
“I really don’t want to know what’s coming later and I don’t look back at what came before,” the actor told THR. “I think it’s a perfectly good way to approach acting, to not know what the f--- is going on.”
While Odenkirk says his decision to skip the footage is an artistic one, it’s possible that the writer-turned-actor simply doesn’t have the time. In addition to filming the highly anticipated spinoff, Splitsider notes he’s producing the IFC series “The Birthday Boys,” releasing his first comedy album and going on tour to promote his new book, “A Load of Hooey.” So, with so many balls in the air, it’s hard to fault him for not getting as excited about teaser footage as the rest of us.
Still, according to THR’s interview with Odenkirk, it’s not uncharacteristic for the former “Mr. Show” star to stay in the dark about his own TV work. He shared a story that took place while filming the third season of “Breaking Bad” in which Bryan Cranston called him out on set for not watching the show, despite being on it since season two.
“Better Call Saul” premieres in February 2015 on AMC. In the meantime, you can pick up Odenkirk’s new book, buy his album “Amateur Hour” when it’s released on Nov. 25, or familiarize yourself with the “Better Call Saul” song, written by creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, in the video below: