Perusing imdb.com and found a couple of fun little tidbits (that many of you probably already know) ...
- Bob Odenkirk based the character of Saul partially on his real-life agent Ari Emanuel. Incidentally, Emanuel was also the inspiration for the character of Ari Gold on Entourage.
- The guy who plays Bogdan, Walt's boss at the car wash way back when, was not an actor prior to this role, but was, in fact, a chemistry genius with a phd.
- And I think everybody at this point knows that Jesse was supposed to die in season 1. I would be curious to know how far out Vince Gilligan had planned the show beyond that, because it would be interesting to see the direction he envisioned without Jesse.
- He also said that he was going to originally have Tio Salamanca as the main antagonist from season 3 on, rather than Gus, so I'd be interested to know how far out he planned the show then as well.
I'm not sure about the Saul comment... Saul's character was written by Peter Guold. So while Bob Odenkirk is the actor of Saul... It really wasn't his call on who Saul was based on. Did Peter base Saul on Ari Emanuel?? I guess I'm confused.
Yeah Jesse dying would've been a bad move back in season 1. The understatement of the century for anyone who likes Breaking Bad. Great call by the writers to extend his life cycle in the show. And brilliant move with Gus. I was hoping that the Gus battle would've lasted longer. For some reason I thought the Cartel (think back to the turtle scene) was more horrifying than the Aryan Brotherhood. Something about Uncle Jack just seems cheesy. But then we wouldn't had the freaking breakthrough that we've had with Todd's character. Wow. That dude is scary.
Who's more evil? Gus or Todd? That's one helluva question...