Bob Odenkirk's 'Better Call Saul' Fear: "What If I'm Terrible?"

"All these people loved 'Breaking Bad' so much. … Would they watch it and be mad we decided to try it?"

"I remember thinking, 'What if I’m terrible?'" said Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk during The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Drama Actor Roundtable. His performance in the title role on the Breaking Bad spinoff couldn’t be further from that. But his fear was founded in a reasonable place.

"The fear is exactly what you think it is: All these people loved Breaking Bad so much, and would they even give us a chance? Would they watch it and just be mad that we decided to try it? If there’s anything similar at all to this thing that they loved. … I certainly thought about that."

Odenkirk admitted that after doing so many projects that never get shown, he has "just gotten used to doing the work and thinking about the work, and I forget something that they actually show these things that we make." So even he was surprised when the Saul promotion started.

"I remember when the billboards went up and thinking, 'Oh my God. People are going to see this.'"

Ultimately, he knew Saul would turn out great, thanks to the leaders. "Trusting Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould is not that hard actually to do."

The actor sat down with Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), David Oyelowo (Nightingale), Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), Timothy Hutton (American Crime) and Clive Owen (The Knick) for the Roundtable, where some the year's hottest television actors discussed their current roles and dramatic process.

The full Drama Actor Roundtable aired on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. EST on Sundance TV. Tune in this Sunday for the next episode.

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