Better Call Saul star says heart attack happened filming next week's episode

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Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk has confirmed that it was while filming next week's episode of the Breaking Bad spinoff that he had a heart attack.

Back in July 2021, Odenkirk suffered a heart attack after collapsing on set while filming the final season, before the actor later assured everyone on social media that he was on the mend and would return to set soon. But at one point the showrunners considered scrapping the season entirely.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he reflected on his health scare and revealed more about the episode during which it happened.

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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

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"I feel very good. I'm in great shape," Odenkirk said. "I didn't go back to shoot for five weeks. I had a five-week break to recover. And then when I went back, we limited our shooting to 12-hour days. And so they took care of me and I was able to do it, and hopefully you can't tell when I had the heart attack and when I didn't.

"Next week is the scene where I have the heart attack. And probably about three-quarters of the scene was shot before I had the heart attack, the day of the heart attack, and then the other quarter scene was after."

He also revealed he feels strange watching the episode back, because he has no memory of the day it all happened.

Photo credit: AMC
Photo credit: AMC

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"The strangest thing about it is that I really have no memory of that day," he said. "I'm really watching something that I don't have any memory of acting in, which is a rare thing. I mean, usually you watch some, and you have some recall of that even if it was shot months ago. But in this case, it's such a complete blank.

"It's very strange. I gotta tell you, it's a weird thing to have lost basically about a week and a half. Clean, just clean, clean nothing. That's a strange experience, anyway. Otherwise, I'm fine."

Better Call Saul airs on AMC in the US and on Netflix in the UK. The second half of season 6 premiered on July 11, 2022.

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