Better Call Saul Q&A – Patrick Fabian (Howard Hamlin)

better-call-saul-season-1-character-portrait-hamlin-fabian-325Patrick Fabian, who plays Howard Hamlin on AMC’s Better Call Saul, talks about Howard’s relationships with Jimmy and Kim, Howard’s power suits, and “Hamlindigo” blue.

Q: Jimmy quickly sets the tone for his relationship with Hamlin in the series premiere, when he refers to Howard as “Lord Vader.” Have you enjoyed playing Jimmy’s primary antagonist?

A: Absolutely. It’s called Better Call Saul, not Better Call Howard, and everybody is introduced to the world via Jimmy’s point of view. So, when he calls me Lord Vader, we just accept that as the truth. Though, in all seriousness, I can’t say Howard has done anything necessarily Lord Vader-ish yet. The great thing about Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould is that all is not what it seems with the characters. So, it remains to be seen, but it’s certainly fun to be the one who wears the better suit!

Q: Can’t argue there! Entertainment Tonight actually named you the best dressed man on TV. Have you had any input into developing Howard’s sharp look? Does being dressed to the nines help you get into character?

A: Wardrobe is so very important. Jennifer Bryan, the costume designer, came up with these beautiful tie bars and knit ties, and Howard’s got all these fine Italian suits. All credit goes to her. When he puts it on, he feels it. He just knows he’s got the most expensive suit on in the room, and that gives him power and a sense of self. He knows he’s wearing more money than most people make in a week. That does support me as an actor playing him. Hopefully I can take the suits with me.

Q: Has your on-set wardrobe spoiled you in real life?

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Ask Better Call Saul Co-Creator and Executive Producer Vince Gilligan Your Questions

better-call-saul-season-1-showrunner-creator-portrait-vince-gilligan-325The Season 1 Finale of AMC’s Better Call Saul is fast approaching. Got burning questions about the Breaking Bad prequel? Now’s your chance to ask: Co-creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan will be answering questions submitted by fans for an interview that will be posted exclusively on amc.com. Leave your queries in the comments section below by noon ET on Tuesday, April 7, then check back later to see if he answered yours.

The Better Call Saul Season 1 finale airs Monday, April 6 at 10/9c on AMC.

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Letters From Saul – After-Hours Banana Split Party

Each week, members of the Better Call Saul Insiders Club get a first look at letters from the desk of Saul Goodman, Esq., penned by the writers of Better Call Saul

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Jimmy’s Legal Skills Explained by Saul Writer; Michael McKean Interviewed by TV Guide

better-call-saul-episode-108-jimmy-odenkirk-325This week, Jimmy’s legal skills are discussed by Gordon Smith, a Better Call Saul writer, while Michael McKean is interviewed by TV Guide. Plus, the show’s editor speaks with Variety about working with Vince Gilligan. Read on for more:

• Gordon Smith, who wrote the latest episode, “RICO,” talks to Yahoo TV about Jimmy’s legal skills: “People think of the slick part of Jimmy and Saul, and not the fact that he’s actually a really good lawyer. We’ve seen him in Breaking Bad and, hopefully, here…picking up on things that are sometimes subtle.”

• Michael McKean tells TV Guide he doesn’t know what’s going to happen to Chuck, but “let’s face it: I’m a dilemma to our lead character, and it’s only going to get worse.” [No link]

Variety talks to Kelley Dixon, editor for Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, about the detailed scripts that inform the spinoff.
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Better Call Saul Q&A – Rhea Seehorn (Kim Wexler)

better-call-saul-season-1-character-portrait-kim-seehorn-325Rhea Seehorn, who plays Kim Wexler on AMC’s Better Call Saul, talks about Kim’s relationships with Jimmy and Howard and getting a pedicure from Bob Odenkirk.

Q: You’ve mentioned being a huge fan of Bob Odenkirk since his days on Mr. Show. How did you react when you found out you were going to have the opportunity to work with him?

A: I auditioned with him with the scene in Episode 103 where he wakes me up in the middle of the night. It was exciting. I was certainly nervous at first, but everybody in the room had an energy of “we can’t wait for you to be great.” I was overjoyed to get to work with him. I’ve been a huge fan of his, and I just think he’s one of the funniest, smartest writers and, at that time, sketch performers. I started to see more and more of the depth and breadth of his work. That guy is amazing!

Q: How did you and Bob approach developing the rapport between Jimmy and Kim? There’s obviously chemistry and a shared history between them, but that history is being revealed very slowly — does that make portraying their relationship harder?

A: It’s a joy to play, because all of our amazing writers and directors are writing this relationship with deep intimacy, love and history. They’re not making it this thing that you can label. It’s not black and white, and I don’t think the most interesting relationships are. I find that great. It’s not hard to play what’s there. Kim is very much a character where what she doesn’t say is also what she says. I’m given space, and Bob is so great to rehearse with. We do the scenes a ton of different ways to find that organic roller coaster ride to take to all the places the scene will go.

Q: Kim also has an unusual relationship with her boss, Howard. He seems to view her as a protégée, but is also quick to give her the cold shoulder when she loses the Kettlemans as a client in Episode 107. How would you describe their relationship?

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Bob Odenkirk Tells Rolling Stone Why He’s Thrilled; Rhea Seehorn Talks Jimmy & Kim

better-call-saul-episode-107-mike-banks-jimmy-odenkirk-325This week, Bob Odenkirk tells Rolling Stone why he’s thrilled by Better Call Saul, while Rhea Seehorn talks (or doesn’t talk) about Jimmy and Kim’s relationship. Plus, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould share why the show’s title sequence (purposely) looks so bad. Read on for more:

Rolling Stone interviews Bob Odenkirk, who says, of Better Call Saul, “I’m thrilled, amazed and astounded at how well it has played for people. It’s so much fun to have this many ideas, that much story, that many surprises in one hour of TV.”

• Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Rhea Seehorn declines to define Jimmy and Kim’s relationship but says, “They’ve done a great job at making that as grey and as complex as that statement should be.”

• Speaking with Yahoo TV about Kim and Jimmy, Rhea Seehorn adds, “She’s a confidant, but not a judge. I think that’s just one of the reasons that Jimmy can relax around her. Then the audience does get to see this relaxed, very charismatic, sexy version of him.”

• Rhea Seehorn tells Variety she enjoys playing Kim because “I think it’s kind of awesome that they’ve written this woman who has her own ambition and is not just reactionary. She has a plan.”
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Letters From Saul – Timmy and His Special Cucumbers

Each week, members of the Better Call Saul Insiders Club get a first look at letters from the desk of Saul Goodman, Esq., penned by the writers of Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul Q&A – Julie Ann Emery (Betsy Kettleman)

better-call-saul-episode-107-betsy-emery-325Julie Ann Emery, who plays Betsy Kettleman on AMC’s Better Call Saul, reveals Betsy’s connection to Breaking Bad and shares an embarrassing story from her first day on set.

Q: You weren’t able to reveal you had a role in Better Call Saul until this past November. How hard was it to keep the news to yourself?

A: It was awful! [Laughs] I was such a Breaking Bad fan, so when you’re an actor and people ask what you’re working on, you want to be able to talk about something insanely cool like that. I flew back and forth to Albuquerque for the entire summer, and I wanted to shout it to the world that I was working with these brilliant people.

Q: Who was the hardest person to keep it from?

A: My family, because they’re really invested in what I do and there’s no one else in my family who’s in the business. They’re always happy I’m working, but they want info. Now they’re all Better Call Saul fans, though. My husband loves the Better Call Saul Story Sync.

Q: The Kettlemans were originally only going to appear in one episode. When and how did you learn they’d have a bigger role?

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Browse Detective Abbasi’s Case Notes on the Murder of Mike’s Son, Matt

better-call-saul-episode-106-abassis-notebook-590 In Episode 106, “Five-O,” Philadelphia detectives Sanders and Abbasi bring Mike down to the police station to ask him some questions about the murder of his son Matt, a rookie Philly cop, and the subsequent murders of Matt’s partner (Hoffman) and sergeant (Fensky). Though not under arrest, Mike asks for Jimmy to be present as his legal representation. It’s not long before Jimmy learns why he’s really there: to create a diversion that allows Mike to steal Detective Abbasi’s notepad, which is full of details about the ongoing investigation. What did Mike learn about the case? Find out for yourself by taking an up-close look at the pad’s 16 pages worth of case notes.

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Better Call Saul airs Mondays at 10/9c on AMC.

Variety Predicts Emmy Nod for Jonathan Banks; Banks Discusses “Five-O”

better-call-saul-episode-106-mike-banks-325This week, Variety predicts an Emmy nomination for Jonathan Banks, while the actor discusses the latest episode, “Five-O,” with several media outlets. Plus, Vince Gilligan shares that viewers will see Jimmy/Saul in Omaha again. Read on for more:

Variety interviews Jonathan Banks about “Five-O,” a showcase episode for Mike, and predicts that his “performance is so sensational that it could very well land him a third career Emmy nomination.”

• Jonathan Banks tells Entertainment Weekly he embraced “Five-O,” that “I loved it. I just went, ‘Yeah. Now let me do justice to Mike.’ That is what I thought: ‘I must do justice to this character.’”

TV Guide speaks with Jonathan Banks, who says of Jimmy and Mike that “Jimmy’s irritating, but I think Mike’s also amused by him. If you said to Mike, ‘You know, you’re gonna end up working with this guy,’ he would be a little surprised by that.”
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