Bob Odenkirk previously suffered a health scare on the set of the “Breaking Bad” spin-off, “Better Call Saul.” The show was renewed for its sixth and final season. While filming an episode, the actor collapsed due to a heart attack and was immediately rushed to the hospital.
Odenkirk recovered in no time and was able to continue filming the series. The first seven episodes are slated to be released on April 19 on Netflix, with a new episode every Tuesday. The remaining six will be released on July 12.
Despite his quick recovery, Odenkirk recently revealed that he faced some challenges on the way. After the heart attack, the actor apparently had issues recalling things for the first few days. He did stuff like rereading newspapers while not remembering that he’d previously glanced through them.
Bob Odenkirk Thanked His Fans For Support During Health Scare
Odenkirk and the cast of “Better Call Saul” recently hosted a panel for the last season of the spin-off series. The actor thanked all his fans for their tremendous support and well wishes during his time off after a health scare.
The 59-year-old previously suffered a heart attack on the “Better Call Saul” set last July. The incident happened while filming an episode for season six of the show. Odenkirk recovered and resumed filming in no time.
During a Saturday screening and Q&A with Peter Goulding at PaleyFest LA (Via Insider), he addressed a crowd of fans, thanking them for treating him like “a real angel.” “You treated me like I was a real angel, which blew my mind when I finally got my mind back,” he said.
Odenkirk Said He Lost His Memory After a Heart Attack
Odenkirk also talked about what happened after the heart attack, revealing that he suffered temporary memory loss after the heart attack. He wasn’t thinking straight and had problems recalling certain things for over a week after the incident.
Odenkirk said, “I called my kids every day for about a week and a half to say, ‘Do you see this thing that people talked about me on Twitter?'” This was apparently something his children, Nate and Erin Odenkirk, already shared with him.
Odenkirk continued, “It was really funny. It took me a while to kind of notice or even know what happened because I don’t remember that whole week and even sort of the day after I got home. So it was about eight days, eight-and-a-half days where I don’t have any memory.” His memory eventually returned “a little bit every day.”
Odenkirk’s Wife Recorded His Memory Loss Moments
Odenkirk’s wife on the set of “Better Call Saul,” Rhea Seehorn, revealed that his real wife, Naomi Odenkirk, had a rather humorous reaction to the actor’s memory loss. Naomi apparently made videos of the 59-year-old’s moments and passed them on to his crew.
Seehorn said, “Luckily, his wife had an even better sense of humor than him. The fabulous Naomi Odenkirk videotaped him not remembering things, and we died laughing the whole time.” She added that the actor continuously read “the Framley Examiner article” like it was his first time.
The Framley Examiner is a parody British newspaper. “Every day, he’d read the Framley Examiner article that they did as an ode to him,” Seehorn continued. “He read it like it was brand new and just got it every day.”
Bob Odenkirk Said He Was Feeling Better After Treatment
When the “Breaking Bad” actor collapsed, it was in front of his costars Seehorn and Patrick Fabian. He had to be zapped by a defibrillator three times because he had no pulse. Speaking on the incident, Seehorn said she was thankful it happened in front of them rather than in his trailer; else, “he wouldn’t be here.”
Talking about his health now, Odenkirk revealed that he was feeling much better. “They cleaned out my heart. I think I’m in better shape than I’ve been in for a while,” he said. The actor also mentioned that despite the bad way social media was always depicted, it brought a good share of positivity during that time.
He said, “In this moment, in this chapter of my life, it was a place of incredible warmth and love and support. And I can’t believe it. It blew my mind, and it still does. It will resonate with me for the rest of my life, and thank you for your feelings and everything you shared.”
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