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Bob Odenkirk: Never be bitter

Bob Odenkirk understands the challenges faced by his alter ego Saul Goodman.

The 52-year-old actor is taking the world by storm in new series Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spin-off focused on the antics of sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.

Bob's made the big time now but has had his fair share of hard times - not that he lets them bring him down.

"Yes [I've felt bitter about show business], and it's a mistake, and you have to fight it. You have to let that sh*t go, because that sh*t will f**k you up. When my manager Bernie Brillstein passed away in 2008, he'd been my manager for 13 years, and I had nothing but failure for the last five years of it," he sighed to Rolling Stone.

"I made some money and guest-acting, shot some commercials, and I wrote some pilots that I was proud of, but none of them got picked up. You just keep going. It's hard."

Before playing his famous character in Breaking Bad, Bob didn't have any driving ambitions but was full of instincts.

Better Call Saul is a prequel programme, following attorney Jimmy McGill on his rise to becoming the person audiences know and love. Bob initially struggled to warm to Saul's shady personality, but has gained a better understanding of his alter ego now he's delved deeper into his past.

"I like Jimmy. Saul was clearly a front, and I wasn't sure how much of it he liked. He seemed to enjoy being a showy cheeseball, and now that I know Jimmy, I think he is just a taste-challenged individual - but he's from Chicago, and I get it, coming from a place where you don't know what you're supposed to look like," the star explained. "He's an earnest, sweet guy whose brain naturally cooks up dishonest solutions to the challenges in front of him."

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