Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will be '85 per cent drama, 15 per cent comedy' says Bob Odenkirk

The Breaking Bad spin-off is expected to reach screens in February 2015

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Upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will be "total drama", according to lead actor Bob Odenkirk.

The US actor will reprise his role as lawyer Saul Goodman in the hour-long new show from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

"It's total drama, man," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's 85 per cent drama, 15 per cent comedy.

"One of the cool things about playing Saul now is that I get to have those moments [of depth]. I've certainly gotten a chance to dig deep in Better Call Saul."

Originally intended as a half-hour comedy, Better Call Saul will mainly be set pre-Breaking Bad in 2002 but jump across several decades.

This flexible timeline will "definitely" allow Breaking Bad characters to make reappearances, including Bryan Cranston as Walter White.

"Perhaps some of it takes place before Breaking Bad, during Breaking Bad and after Breaking Bad," Gould said earlier this year.

"That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on Breaking Bad."

 

Aaron Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, also said he would be keen to return for Better Call Saul.

"I'd love to be a part of it," he told AMC in June. "I'm so jealous that everyone is back in Albuquerque, back in the same stages where we shot Breaking Bad."

Odenkirk revealed on Sunday that he has yet to watch himself in Better Call Saul, believing it is a "perfectly good way to approach acting to not know what the f*** is going on".

"I really don't want to know what's coming later and I don't look back at what came before," he said.

While filming season three of Breaking Bad, however, Cranston called Odenkirk out on his acting technique when he referred to a character whom Saul did not like in the wrong tone.

"That guy's not your friend, don't say it like that," Odenkirk remembers his co-star saying. "You don't watch the show, do you?"

Despite the first series not airing until February Better Call Saul has already been confirmed for a second run.

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