Odenkirk is currently in production on the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul, the spin-off to the hugely popular series Breaking Bad, which starred Bryan Cranston.
According to the publication, “Odenkirk collapsed on Tuesday at the show’s set in New Mexico and crew members immediately called an ambulance. Odenkirk is still receiving medical care, though the cause of the collapse has not been disclosed.”
TMZ also reported that the actor and fellow cast members were shooting on the Sony Lot in Culver City, Los Angeles Tuesday when the incident happened.
The 58-year-old plays criminal lawyer Saul Goodman in the series, with his character originating from Breaking Bad.
During a recent interview with Variety about the film, Odenkirk discussed becoming a full-blown action star for the role.
“I was at the wonderful 87eleven gym, surrounded by the top stunt actors in the world training, including people like Keanu Reeves and Jason Statham and Halle Berry,” Odenkirk said.
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“I’m a comedy writer, who is gradually sufferingly making my way into this discipline. I was just feeling embarrassed at how bad I was when these pros are 25 feet away.”
Better Call Saul has already won Odenkirk Golden Globe nominations for best actor in a television series drama, and four Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actor in a drama series – and is a favourite of former US president Barack Obama.
The former president told Entertainment Weekly that he’s a major fan of the series, saying: “Better Call Saul, because of its great characters and examination of the dark side of the American dream.”
Meanwhile, Friends and fellow actors have since posted their well wishes to social media as the story develops.
I really need someone to tell me Bob Odenkirk is okay right now.
— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) July 28, 2021
“If anything bad happens to Bob Odenkirk, I will fight God,” one wrote.
Another added: “One small positive observation from this troubling news: can you imagine anyone being more universally loved/respected than Bob Odenkirk? Never seen the entire timeline unite and rally behind someone so quickly.”
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