- Bob Odenkirk says he lost his memory shortly after his heart attack on the “Better Call Saul” set last year.
- Odenkirk told fans about the experience during a panel for the show’s final season at PaleyFest LA.
- The actor also thanked fans for their kind words and support last year.
During a panel for the final season of “Better Call Saul,” Bob Odenkirk spent a moment thanking his fans for all their support, love, and good wishes when he recovered from a heart attack on the set of the AMC series last July.
“You treated me like I was a real angel, which blew my mind when I finally got my mind back,” Odenkirk told a crowd of fans Saturday night at PaleyFest LA during a screening and Q&A with the show’s co-creator, Peter Goulding, and cast.
Insider was present when Odenkirk at the start of the panel told that he lost his memory shortly after suffering a small heart attack while filming an episode for the final sixth season of “Breaking Bad” prequel in New Mexico.
Odenkirk said he did not think straight or remember things for a little over a week while he was recovering.
“I called my kids every day for about a week and a half to say, ‘Can you see this thing that people were talking about me on Twitter?'” Odenkirk remembered the outpouring of positive messages on social media sent to him.
The actor, who plays lawyer Saul Goodman on both “BCS” and “Breaking Bad,” said his son and daughter, Nate and Erin Odenkirk, would have to remind him that they previously shared that information with him.
“It was really fun,” Odenkirk said, shedding light on the situation. “It took me a while to notice or even know what happened because I do not remember the whole week and even the day after I came home. So it was about eight days, eight and a half days where I did not have any memory. “
He added: “It came back a little bit every day.”
Rhea Seehorn, who plays Goodman’s wife, Kim Wexler, in the series, said Odenkirk’s wife during that time played him a little prank.
“Fortunately, his wife has an even better sense of humor than him,” Seehorn told the audience. “The fabulous Naomi Odenkirk filmed him without remembering things, and we died laughing all the time.”
“Every day he read the Framley Examiner article, which they made as an ode to him,” Seehorn continued, talking about a parody of a British newspaper. “He read it like it was brand new and just got it every day.”
Odenkirk recalled to The New York Times how he turned “blue-gray” and collapsed in front of brooms Rhea Seehorn and Patrick Fabian last summer. He was lying on the ground with no pulse at one point and was zapped three times with a defibrillator.
Seehorn told about the day’s events to the PaleyFest LA audience, saying they were filming a scene for about 12 hours and that she and Fabian happened to be with Odenkirk while watching a Cubs match. The actors lived together most of the season.
Seehorn said she was grateful he did not go to his trailer and that they were with him “otherwise he would not be here.”
“It was scary,” Odenkirk said at PaleyFest.
Asked how he is doing now, the actor said he “is fine now.”
“They purified my heart,” the 59-year-old said, adding, “I think I’m in better shape than I’ve been for a while.”
During the discussion, Odenkirk added that although he knows that people usually harp on social media as “a place of evil”, his misfortune brought something positive.
“In this moment, in this chapter of my life, it was a place of incredible warmth and love and support,” Odenkirk said. “And I can not 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 all that you shared.”
Later in the panel, Odenkirk added: “This is a significant season and it was almost the most important thing that happened.”
“Better Call Saul” returns to AMC with two new episodes on April 18 at. 21.00 ET. The episodes will also be streamed on AMC +.