Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston asks for prayers after former co-star Bob Odenkirk collapses on set


Actor Bob Odenkirk is in a stable condition after ‘a heart-related incident’, his reps confirmed on Wednesday.

Odenkirk, 58, was rushed to hospital in New Mexico on Tuesday after collapsing on the set of Better Call Saul. 

‘We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart related incident,’ his spokesman said. 

‘He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side. 

‘The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery.’ 

 

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston took to Instagram to ask for prayers for his former co-star, Bob Odenkirk, after he collapsed onset of his hit AMC/Netflix show Better Call Saul Tuesday and was rushed to the hospital.

‘Today I woke up to the news that has made me anxious all morning,’ Cranston posted, along with a picture of him with Odenkirk. ‘My friend, Bob Odenkirk, collapsed last night on the set of Better Call Saul. 

‘He is in the hospital in Albuquerque and receiving the medical attention he needs, but his condition is not known to the public as yet.’

‘Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way, thank you.’

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston took to Instagram Wednesday morning to ask the public for prayers as his former co-star Bob Odenkirk, 58, remains in the hospital

His character was first featured in the iconic series Breaking Bad alongside Bryan Cranston

His character was first featured in the iconic series Breaking Bad alongside Bryan Cranston

Odenkirk, 58, was shooting a scene on location in New Mexico when he collapsed on Tuesday. He remained in the hospital Wednesday morning. 

Sources tell TMZ that the actor went down mid-scene and crew members immediately called for an ambulance at 11:34am local time.

It is unclear if the actor was conscious when paramedics arrived, but sources tell the site he’s currently still under medical care in hospital.

It is not known what caused the actor to feel unwell.  

Odenkirk was 'rushed to hospital' on Tuesday at around 11:30 a.m. after collapsing onset of the hit Netflix show in New Mexico. His condition remains unknown

Odenkirk was ‘rushed to hospital’ on Tuesday at around 11:30 a.m. after collapsing onset of the hit Netflix show in New Mexico. His condition remains unknown

He plays Jimmy McGill, the earnest lawyer and former con-man, who turns into a greedy criminal defense attorney known as Saul Goodman on the show

He plays Jimmy McGill, the earnest lawyer and former con-man, who turns into a greedy criminal defense attorney known as Saul Goodman on the show

The sixth and final season of 'Better Call Saul' is scheduled to air in early 2022

The sixth and final season of ‘Better Call Saul’ is scheduled to air in early 2022

Actor Sterling K Brown took to Twitter after the news, tweeting: ‘Wishing the wonderful actor and exceptional human being @mrbobodenkirk a speedy and full recovery.’

Michael McKean, who starred opposite Odenkirk’s character Saul Goodman as his on-screen brother Chuck, added: ‘Sending huge love to our @mrbobodenkirk. You got this, brother.’   

In light of the news, many of the actor’s fans have taken to social media to speculate that his collapse may be heat related, with July temperatures hitting highs of 36°C in New Mexico, where filming was taking place.

‘If it was another desert scene maybe it was dehydration. Hopefully it’s something like that and nothing more serious,’ one person tweeted, with another adding: ‘Hoping it’s just heat related and nothing more.’

Thoughts are with him: Actor Sterling K Brown took to Twitter after the news, tweeting: 'Wishing the wonderful actor and exceptional human being @mrbobodenkirk a speedy and full recovery'

Thoughts are with him: Actor Sterling K Brown took to Twitter after the news, tweeting: ‘Wishing the wonderful actor and exceptional human being @mrbobodenkirk a speedy and full recovery’

Twitter: Michael McKean, who starred opposite Odenkirk's character Saul Goodman as his on-screen brother Chuck, added: 'Sending huge love to our @mrbobodenkirk. You got this, brother'

Twitter: Michael McKean, who starred opposite Odenkirk’s character Saul Goodman as his on-screen brother Chuck, added: ‘Sending huge love to our @mrbobodenkirk. You got this, brother’

Speculation: In light of the news, many of the actor's fans have taken to social media to speculate that his collapse may be heat related

Speculation: In light of the news, many of the actor’s fans have taken to social media to speculate that his collapse may be heat related

Odenkirk himself last tweeted as recently as 2pm local time on Tuesday, sharing his excitement over actress Allison Tolman’s new show, however his message may have been sent via a scheduling tool. 

The Emmy-winning actor is currently filming the sixth and final season of the Breaking Bad spin-off, which began production on March 10 this year. 

Executive producer Peter Gould Gould previously confirmed the show’s final season will consist of 13 episodes rather than the usual 10. 

This is set to bring the show’s final episode count to 63, equaling the combined total of Breaking Bad’s number of episodes and El Camino.

Social media presence: Odenkirk himself last tweeted as recently as 2pm local time on Tuesday, sharing his excitement over actress Allison Tolman’s new show

Social media presence: Odenkirk himself last tweeted as recently as 2pm local time on Tuesday, sharing his excitement over actress Allison Tolman’s new show

‘From the beginning when we started this, I think all our hopes and dreams were to be able to tell the whole story,’ Gould said in a statement.

He added: ‘And make it to be a complete story from beginning to end. We’re going to try like hell to stick the landing of these 63 episodes.’

The final season is scheduled to air in early 2022.

It is unclear how Odenkirk’s collapse may affect the filming schedule. 

In April, Odenkirk made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, were he recalled getting yelled at by actor Jeremy Irons on Saturday Night Live.

The actor used to be a writer on SNL, and recalled the incident saying: ‘You know who really yelled at me? Jeremy Irons. Because Rob Schneider and I had written this monologue, I think, and it wasn’t great.’

Odenkirk wrote for the famed NBC sketch comedy series between the late 1980s into the 1990s, when Jeremy, 72, hosted in 1991.  

‘He was right,’ the star added with a laugh. ‘He was really mad. He was so mad.’



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