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Bob Odenkirk's 'Lucky Hank' Moves on from Saul Goodman

Bob Odenkirk hopes fans will embrace his new role as a witty college professor in AMC's "Lucky Hank", after playing the shrewd yet ethically challenged lawyer Saul Goodman for more than a decade on 'Breaking Bad' and its spin-off 'Better Call Saul'.

The Emmy-nominated actor said he loved playing Saul, but was also ready to leave him behind.

"Saul Goodman was funny, but he wasn't aware of how he was funny... This guy (Hank) is making jokes. He's saying things that he knows are funny and meant to be funny. That self-awareness, I love it," Odenkirk said in a recent interview.

"Lucky Hank", which premieres on Sunday, is based on Richard Russo's novel "Straight Man". It follows Hank Devereaux, an English department chair at a struggling college who faces an identity crisis. He wrote a novel that flopped, while his father's retirement from academia made headlines.

Odenkirk said he could relate to Hank's desire to surpass or differ from his father.

"Guys always want to be greater than their dad if they do the same thing or are similar...and usually they can't achieve either thing perfectly," he said.

Odenkirk started his career as a comedy writer on "Saturday Night Live" and worked with stars like Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.

He said he enjoyed returning to his roots with 'Lucky Hank' and hopes it will be "really unique and different."

March 19, 2023 |

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