Bob Odenkirk and Mireille Enos star in new AMC dark comedy, ‘Lucky Hank’
Odenkirk seeks something more light-hearted after ‘Breaking Bad’ character Saul
Bob Odenkirk, best known for his role as Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad” and its spinoff “Better Call Saul,” wanted to take on a fundamentally different character with his new comedy offering on AMC, “Lucky Hank.” The actor said he loved playing Saul, but the character’s world was extremely tense and turbulent, with heavy emotions such as revenge, resentment, and loneliness playing a considerable part of his arc.
‘Hank’ quickly came together after ‘Saul’
Odenkirk revealed that the idea for “Lucky Hank” came together quickly after “Better Call Saul” was drawing to a close, which was a massive surprise, because most TV shows and films’ logistics and contracts take a long time to coordinate. However, the timing was perfect, and Odenkirk said that he loved the idea of playing an unfiltered truth-teller on “Hank” who was also rascally and fed up with the status quo at home and work.
Enos looking for creative change of pace
Mireille Enos, who stars alongside Odenkirk in “Lucky Hank,” was looking for a creative change of pace, and this was part of the draw for her. Enos, who has had an illustrious career that spanned a variety of genres, is most well-known for playing homicide detective Sarah Linden in the Emmy-nominated series “The Killing.” She said she had turned down many scripts before accepting “Lucky Hank” because she wanted something that walked the line between real-life and the absurdity and comedy of life, something that this show offers perfectly.
Enos a standout in ‘Lucky Hank’
Odenkirk had high praise for his co-star, saying that Enos was the standout in the same way that Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler was on “Better Call Saul.” The two actors play a couple on the show, and Odenkirk said he found this a more relatable relationship than that of Saul’s, as they are raising children together and supporting each other the best way they know-how, despite being unsure of whether they should carry on as a couple.
Odenkirk explores tricky emotions on ‘Lucky Hank’
Odenkirk said that playing Hank was a joy after playing Saul for so long, but he found the part of playing a husband who had worn down his wife (Enos’ character) much harder. He said that the role asked a lot of him, and he had to try to find emotions inside himself that he didn’t necessarily want to wallow in. Despite this, Odenkirk said he enjoyed the role and the complexity of the characters on the show.