Bob Odenkirk feels ‘great’ after heart attack

Bob Odenkirk is feeling “great” after a heart attack in July 2021 that nearly cost him his life.

“I have two stents, a small part of my heart is metal and I feel good,” he told a Saturday exclusive during a “Better Call Saul” screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 59-year-old actor collapsed while on the set of “Better Call Saul,” and a deliberator was used three times in an attempt to resuscitate him. He was eventually rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery.

The “Breaking Bad” alum told us he wasn’t afraid of the health scare at all “because I don’t remember anything about it.”

“It was scary to [co-star Rhea Seehorn] and Patrick Fabian, who was standing there when it happened, and everyone else, the whole crew that came by,” he explained. “They were totally panicked, but I can’t remember anything.”

Jonathan Banks and Bob Odenkirk in "You better call Saul."
Odenkirk stars as a shady lawyer in “Better Call Saul.”
©AMC/courtesy of Everett Collectio

Odenkirk added that when he woke up the day after surgery, I thought, ‘Let’s get to work!’ and people said, ‘Calm down, calm down.’”

Peter Gould, the show’s executive producer and writer, described the incident as “terrifying.”

“We were very worried, very scared, very upset,” he told Vidak For Congress. “It puts everything in perspective because it’s a TV show after all. Once it becomes a matter of life and death, it puts everything in perspective.”

Gordon Smith, Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Peter Gould and Tony Dalton attend the screening of the midseason premiere episode of the final season of "You better call Saul" at the Tribeca Festival 2022 on June 18, 2022 in New York City.
Odenkirk posed with co-stars Rhea Seehorn, Tony Dalton and show writers during a Tribeca Festival screening of “Better Call Saul”.

Odenkirk confessed that filming the final scene of “Better Call Saul” was difficult, but the finality hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

“I was emotional, yes, we cried,” he said. “The show was such a snowball of continuous effort and great effort, and I’ve been doing this character for 12 years, so in a weird way, no matter how great that last scene was, I’m not really going to start off with a big goodbye to this show until I watch the last episode.

“I think I need to see that story come to an end and then I’ll feel what you guys feel, what the fans feel. This is a story, it’s taken so long and it’s over, but so far I feel still not like that.”

Leave a Comment