Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Bob Odenkirk, actor — on impersonating film producer Robert Evans when creating his character Saul Goodman’s voice on ‘Breaking Bad’ — as heard on NPR Fresh Air

"I did an impersonation of Robert Evans, the great film producer, who is such an entertaining guy to hear talk.
"You know, if you’ve ever heard his book on tape, "The Kid Stays in the Picture," it’s incredibly entertaining. And when I saw how many lines I had as Saul, which is a lot more than comedy, and comedy you’ll get like two lines, and then you - it’s more of a back and forth usually. And Saul Goodman has these long monologues.
"He really is a talker, and what he’s doing is he’s trying, he’s trying to convince you of something, and when he sees that it’s not working, he goes another route. Like he switches is up in mid-stream until he finds the tack that will get him where he wants to go.
"And when I saw those lines I thought, you know, I wish I could do some kind of Robert Evansy type voice with a little melody in it and that kind of stop and start cliffhanger thing that Robert Evans does where he goes, you know, did I do the right thing, heck no.
"Would I do it again? In a second.
"You know, he leaves you hanging there for just a hair, and he makes you listen even closer, you know. And so I thought I’d steal some of that. I don’t know how much I did. I do the character, I do it as Robert Evans as practice, and then I just do it when I get onstage, when I’m in front of the camera, I mean. It’s not in a theater yet. Someday, though, right?"

Photo: hollywood.com

Bob Odenkirk, actor — on impersonating film producer Robert Evans when creating his character Saul Goodman’s voice on ‘Breaking Bad’ — as heard on NPR Fresh Air

"I did an impersonation of Robert Evans, the great film producer, who is such an entertaining guy to hear talk.

"You know, if you’ve ever heard his book on tape, "The Kid Stays in the Picture," it’s incredibly entertaining. And when I saw how many lines I had as Saul, which is a lot more than comedy, and comedy you’ll get like two lines, and then you - it’s more of a back and forth usually. And Saul Goodman has these long monologues.

"He really is a talker, and what he’s doing is he’s trying, he’s trying to convince you of something, and when he sees that it’s not working, he goes another route. Like he switches is up in mid-stream until he finds the tack that will get him where he wants to go.

"And when I saw those lines I thought, you know, I wish I could do some kind of Robert Evansy type voice with a little melody in it and that kind of stop and start cliffhanger thing that Robert Evans does where he goes, you know, did I do the right thing, heck no.

"Would I do it again? In a second.

"You know, he leaves you hanging there for just a hair, and he makes you listen even closer, you know. And so I thought I’d steal some of that. I don’t know how much I did. I do the character, I do it as Robert Evans as practice, and then I just do it when I get onstage, when I’m in front of the camera, I mean. It’s not in a theater yet. Someday, though, right?"

Photo: hollywood.com

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