Rhea SeehornLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Giancarlo Esposito was unable to walk halfway through Season 4, so Better Call Saul had to adjust filming and use body doubles
Esposito broke multiple weight-bearing bones in his ankle halfway through filming the season, prompting the production team to get creative in shooting Gus Fring walking scenes late in the season. “It was a hurdle,” says co-creator Peter Gould. “Most of all, it was a hurdle for Giancarlo, because he’s a wonderful guy and he should never be injured.”
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
Better Call Saul's Season 4 finale was TV magic, despite being hampered by Breaking Bad
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Jimmy McGill storyline on Monday's Season 4 finale felt like a full meal by itself, says Darren Franich. "This was high-level storytelling, crafted with deconstructive precision by writers Thomas Schnauz and Peter Gould," he says. "There’s an ongoing thread in Better Call Saul where Jimmy could almost be a dreamweaver from Inception. He’s a con man, sure, but his lies tilt toward the modern vogue for the word 'narrative,' the possibility of conjuring a whole believable universe of (truthy) facts and (amended) figures. The season 4 finale was his best trick yet." However, Franich says the Breaking Bad storyline was the worst part of Season 4. "So much of this Better Call Saul year felt like a profound evolution, Jimmy’s moral quagmiring rendered with style and sophistication," he says. "But across town, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) were stuck in the prequel-iest of prequel subplots. Forget cheap Rogue One references. This was the Breaking Bad version of that old Clerks joke about the Death Star contractors, brought to life with such aesthetic refinement that the overwhelming feeling of boredom was almost an accomplishment...I guess on some level this just is the Better Call Saul experience, this weird polarity between psycho-jurisprudential inquisition and druglord demigod western. The dissonance works for some viewers. To me, it feels like Breaking Bad is starting to become a problem for Better Call Saul, an easy lever to pull when it’s been too long since a cool action scene, a little leg to show any Bad fans who aren’t interested in which ski resort Schweikart & Cokely chooses for its annual teambuilding exercise."
- The Breaking Bad origin story feels empty, like a high-tech underground lab that manufactures Easter eggs -- all of it is masterly; none of it is necessary
- Season 4 was the best and bleakest season, embracing the bifurcated nature of the show
- Better Call Saul's journey is more heartbreaking than Breaking Bad’s, and more agitating, too
- The hugely important final shot, explained
- Season 4 is an indictment of the American justice system
- The Season 4 finale would've made for a great series finale
- How Better Call Saul writers cooked up the perfect con this season
- Bob Odenkirk: "It feels like a new beginning"
- How Better Call Saul rebuilt the meth superlab from Breaking Bad
- Co-creator Peter Gould says the biggest challenge was finding the right balance between Jimmy and Mike: "It scared the hell out of me because it felt different and dangerous"
- Better Call Saul writers will continue to call its protagonist "Jimmy" as long as Kim does
- Gould says "it really feels like we're closer to the end than to the beginning," but "I don't know how many more seasons we've got"
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
How self-aware is Better Call Saul's Jimmy McGill?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Gennifer Hutchison, the Better Call Saul writer/executive producer who wrote this week's Vince Gilligan-directed episode "Wiedersehen," was asked about Bob Odenkirk's character's self-awareness. "That's an interesting question, and we talk about it a lot, actually," she says. "It shifts. I think in some ways he is really self-aware, but I think in other ways he's really internalized how Chuck thought of him. I think deep down he does think that he's a bad guy and he's unworthy. I think that's why so much tension comes up between him and Kim, because how can she like him when he's a bad dude deep down? So while it might seem like maybe he's self-aware, it's not accurate. He's not actually like that, I think, in a lot of ways. It really shifts. Even when you say you're self-aware, I feel like there's always a deeper layer that you're maybe not acknowledging or ready to tackle." ALSO: There's something whimsical about Rhea Seehorn's performance as Kim Wexler, resulting in a magical pairing between Kim and Jimmy.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Rhea Seehorn: I wore a real cast for Better Call Saul
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It's a real plaster cast that was applied by a paramedic two hours before I'd start work," she says. "You'd let it dry, you'd keep it on all day, you'd have it sawed off at the end of the night when everybody's done. It does not come on and off between scenes, or to go to the bathroom or to go eat. We tested other things. Some of the clip-on ones looked too bulky, some of the other ones, if you shoot in our very cool lighting and cinematic set-ups that (director of photography) Marshall Adams does, then the plaster looks fake if it was the plastic ones. It was all sorts of things that went into why it was best to do it, and then they checked with me for my comfort level."
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Better Call Saul's Kim Wexler has become the show's beating heart -- and central mystery
Source: Paste Magazine
Rhea Seehorn's character has evolved to become the show's co-protagonist with Jimmy McGill, says Matt Brennan. "No longer 'the girlfriend' or 'the associate'—if she ever was—Kim has emerged, over time, as a heroine on the order of Mad Men’s Peggy Olson or Halt and Catch Fire’s Donna Clark and Cameron Howe, a female foil so essential to the drama that she turns out to be its backbone," says Brennan. "We’ve always known what happens to Jimmy—soon to be Breaking Bad’s unscrupulous Saul Goodman, and later a Cinnabon employee named Gene—and to drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). With his death in the Season Three finale, we now know what happened to Jimmy’s brother, Chuck (Michael McKean). Kim’s fate is the series’ biggest unanswered question: She is Better Call Saul’s ace in the hole."
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Better Call Saul co-creator: "Maybe Jimmy never would’ve become Saul Goodman without Kim”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“She’s not a person who’s just there to be the voice of reason, or the voice of good, or the voice of balance,” says co-creator Peter Gould of Rhea Seehorn's character. “She is damn complicated in her own right, and these two people do things together that neither one of them would’ve done individually, and going back to Breaking Bad, there’s something about chemistry. These two elements mixed together make something new.”
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Better Call Saul's Kim Wexler shows the painful realities of the mid-career crisis
"We all arrive to that intersection where Kim Wexler currently sits, that place in our life and careers where we wonder what the hell happened and what we’re doing," says Melanie McFarland. "Some people chalk it up to midlife crisis and refresh their hair, their wardrobe, maybe upsize their cars. In Better Call Saul Kim Wexler, played by Rhea Seehorn, re-traces her steps to her starting point, or a version of it."
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Better Call Saul's Rhea Seehorn is always concerned about Kim Wexler's fate every time she reads a script
“Patrick Fabian and I, every time we get the scripts, we flip through them as fast as possible and then we call each other: ‘I’m not dead! You’re not dead!,'” Seehorn said on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “And then we get back to doing the work. But yea, you always have to check.”
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:52PM EDT
Kim Wexler's Better Call Saul ponytail deserves accolades: "It's a total power pony"
"As worn by Rhea Seehorn — and as demonstrated in this week’s episode, 'Breathe'— Wexler’s swept-up, boing-boing-curled work of hair art is more than just a ponytail," says Jen Chaney. "It’s a reflection of who Kim is and who she wants to be. It’s a weathervane that suggests which way the wind is blowing for her, or the way it may be blowing in the very near future. Oh, and on top of all that: That thing is just flawless. When Kim wears that ponytail in a courtroom or other work-oriented setting — and that’s usually where she wears it — it is a reflection of her strength and sense of order. No strand is out of place. The coil is curled perfectly, as if it were sculpted with plans to put this ponytail on display in a museum. It is a ponytail that could only spring from the scalp of a grown woman who is formidable and unflappable. It’s a total power pony."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
Better Call Saul is still great in Season 4 because it forces you to pay attention, unlike many other shows
"Like its predecessor Breaking Bad, this is a series you can’t just half-watch while scrolling your phone, because if you do, you won’t know what’s going on," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "The show can be hard to follow even if you’re watching closely, because so much of the plot is inferred." He adds that "more so than most current series, the pleasures of Better Call Saul are almost entirely visceral and emotional. It’s about what happens in the frame: what you see, what you hear, the looks on people’s faces, and the thoughts that pass through their eyes as they contemplate their next move. Series creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan were smart to rethink the tone of this tale as they refocused the Breaking Bad lens on Saul Goodman, a.k.a. Jimmy McGill."
- Better Call Saul's obsession with the mundane is a tonic for our crazy times
- Tragedy has reinvigorated Better Call Saul
- Season 4 kicks off with the best opening episodes of the series
- Better Call Saul has turned out to be a masterclass in how to turn small things into something emotionally huge
- Bob Odenkirk says the Breaking Bad world is "going to swallow us, and that’s okay with me"
- Odenkirk says this season is funnier, thanks to increased confidence from the writers
- In praise of Rhea Seehorn for scrambling TV’s traditional gender tropes with Kim Wexler, while bringing a steely gravitas to the role
- Seehorn's Kim Wexler has become the show's working-woman hero
- Seehorn on Kim Wexler: “I think of Kim as a recovering addict that can’t stop hanging out with people that use"
- "The transmutation of Jimmy to Saul ... is likely to produce the best balance of darkness and humor that the series has mustered"
- Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould explains why there wasn't a time-jump to kick off Season 4
- Vince Gillian talks avoiding "schmuck bait," and says "never say never" to another Breaking Bad spinoff