Bob Odenkirk was bankrupt, in a “financial hole”, before landing the role of “Breaking Bad”


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Bob Odenkirk has revealed he was in a “financial hole” and bankrupt before being offered a role in “Breaking Bad”.

Odenkirk opened up about his financial troubles during a recent interview on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show.

“Yeah, I was. Which was crazy,” Odenkirk replied when Stern brought up his bankruptcy.

The actor explained that he had made several feature films that didn’t do well and became “visionless”.

Bob Odenkirk in “Better Call Saul”, the spin-off of “Breaking Bad”.
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“I kind of got myself into this financial hole and got this phone call one morning from my business manager saying, ‘You need to sign this loan to stay afloat. It was a weird call.”

The ‘Better Call Saul’ actor ended up hiring a new business manager whose advice was to play every role possible to “get the money through.” Odenkirk spent years directing commercials, taking on more acting roles, and writing for television.

In 2008, Odenkirk was offered a role in “Breaking Bad”, which was not a sensational success at the time. His agent advised him not to say no.

Odenkirk recently revealed he was bankrupt before landing a role in "Breaking Bad."

Odenkirk recently revealed he was bankrupt before landing a role in ‘Breaking Bad.’

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“And I was like, ‘Man, I haven’t said ‘no’ in a year and a half, but maybe you haven’t noticed,'” Odenkirk recalled.

However, Odenkirk asked a friend about the role.

“I checked anyway, I still wanted to know what the show was about,” he said. “I called a friend, someone I used to write with, Reid Harrison, and he was like, ‘Oh, this is the best show on TV. You gotta do this. This is the best anything.'”

A representative for Odenkirk did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Odenkirk joined “Breaking Bad” in the second season and remained on the show until the series ended in 2013. He then became the star of the spin-off series “Better Call Saul.”

The actor said he found himself in a "financial hole" after making a few feature films that didn't do well.

The actor said he found himself in a “financial hole” after directing a few feature films that didn’t do well.
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The actor suffered a heart attack while filming on the set of “Better Call Saul” in July. Odenkirk resumed filming in September.

He has previously issued a statement thanking his family and friends for the “outpouring” of love he received following his heart attack.

“Thank you. To my family and friends who have surrounded me this week. And for the outpouring of love from everyone who has expressed their concern and care for me. It’s overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much,” he wrote in a tweet at the time.


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