Bob Odenkirk: 'My Better Call Saul character's actually a nice guy'

Bob Odenkirk has revealed he thinks his character in Better Call Saul is a nice guy once you get to know him. 

Bob played dodgy lawyer Saul Goodman in the hit show Breaking Bad. That show followed the story of chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as he became a crystal meth dealer after being diagnosed with cancer and worrying about the future of his family.

Better Call Saul, is a spin-off that is set six years earlier. Odenkirk plays Saul back when he was called Jimmy McGill — a struggling lawyer trying to make money and help out his brother Chuck.

Bob tells us: "I think, similar to Walter White, Jimmy McGill is a likable guy if you get to know him. And if you know the things that motivate him, you can relate to him.

"Similar to Walter White — once you knew who he was, you felt for him, you wanted him to succeed. At least for a while..."

"I think he goes off the rails at a certain point and he's maybe less sympathetic. But in this show, Better Call Saul, we have a character who is far more sympathetic than the Saul Goodman that you met in Breaking Bad."

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The spin-off has already seen Breaking Bad characters such as drugs kingpin Tuco (Raymond Cruz) and fixer Mike (Jonathan Banks) pop up. And Bob reveals that there is even the potential to see Walter and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) appear in future seasons.

He said: "You have great potential of seeing other Breaking Bad characters. You don't see Walter and you don't see Jesse in the first seasons. But you do see other characters, you're already aware of that. So people have seen Tuco and you will see others. I think Vince Gilligan [the creator of both shows] was concerned about allowing this show to establish itself and not being overwhelmed by the presence of major characters from Breaking Bad."

Better Call Saul airs on Netflix every Tuesday