Bob Odenkirk has played beloved characters actor for many years - but he really broke into the big time thanks to his role in smash hit show Breaking Bad back in 2008. His turn as seedy criminal lawyer Saul Goodman was so beloved that he was brought back for a spin-off after the show's dramatic finale in 2013.
Better Call Saul debuted in 2015 and is a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad in the early 2000s in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show was a surprise hit, and so far has run for 5 successful seasons. And earlier this year, it was revealed that the 6th and final season of Better Call Saul is set to air in early 2022. It's set to consist of thirteen concluding episodes, and filming is taking place right now.
But this week, scenes on set have been a little more dramatic than usual. TMZ confirmed yesterday that during filming on set, Odenkirk had collapsed and was rushed to hospital.
Production confirmed that the medical event occurred as the cast and crew were shooting in New Mexico on Tuesday, July 27th. Odenkirk appeared to faint and fall down to the ground and was immediately surrounded by crew members who were keen to help the star. An ambulance was quickly called to help the actor and prevent any further injury.
A source claimed by the time to ambulance arrived, it wasn't clear whether Odenkirk was conscious again, and that he was still taken away to a nearby hospital. And it seems his problems aren't over yet, as it's believed he has remained in the hospital's care since the incident and has not yet been discharged.
Well-wishes were quick to rush in from fans of both Better Call Saul and Odenkirk himself. "Get well soon, to my favorite Criminal lawyer," one fan shared on Facebook. Another referenced the beloved character he plays on the show, writing, "Nooooo! He's an awesome guy and an amazing actor, very loved, I really hope he gets better soon and says it's all good man! (Saul Goodman)."
Others speculated about the shooting conditions in New Mexico potentially being responsible for Odenkirk's frightening collapse, suggesting: "I hope it's just dehydration. Such a great actor and seems like a good guy. Hope he recovers soon."
Another agreed, quipping: "Probably still dehydrated from when he and Mike were in the desert."
It's unknown yet whether this medical crisis could have a potential impact on the release of the show in the coming year, although there's no evidence to suggest the collapse is a result of anything serious at the time of reporting. But either way, collapsing at work is no fun, and we wish Odenskirk a speedy recovery!