Better Call Saul has been a great addition to the Breaking Bad television universe. It has given us a look at how some of our favorite characters became the way they were when we saw them in Vince Gilligan’s original masterpiece of meth. We see shifty lawyer Saul Goodman struggling as an up-and-comer, who plays fast and loose with legal ethics. We see thug-for-hire Mike Ehrmantraut working as a simple parking lot attendant, but he soon realizes his expenses are far greater than his meager wage, causing him to seek out a little freelance work that will eventually see him working for Gus Frings.
Of course, missing from the Better Call Saul universe (so far, anyway) are the two most notable characters from Breaking Bad — Jesse Pinkman and Walter White. Since the new series is actually a prequel, any appearances from Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston would feature their respective characters way before they became global meth kingpins. Pinkman would likely be an underachieving high school punk, while White would be a lowly chemistry teacher, trying to support his young family.
While recently appearing on The Rich Eisen Show, Cranston admitted that he would love to appear on Better Call Saul in some way, but only if it adds to the show’s story.
“I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get this role. I was the guy coming off Malcolm in the Middle.” Cranston said. “‘If they were to call me and say, ‘We have this idea, we’d like … ,’ I would say, ‘Yes, you don’t have to finish the pitch. I’m there, what do you want me to do?'”
“I know how careful they are and proprietary they are with those characters and those storylines, and it wouldn’t be something, ‘Oh, isn’t that kind of a stunt casting kind of thing.’ It would be something kind of unique and obscure and creative, and I’m all in.”
Cranston also revealed that he has been asked to direct an upcoming episode of Better Call Saul, but is reluctant to do it because he’s afraid of spoilers.
“I’m a fan of the show and in order to direct, I need to know what no fan knows … and there’s a part of me that says that would kind of kill it for me as a fan to peek behind the curtain, so I don’t know if I am or not.”
There you have it. Cranston is turning down a job offer because he doesn’t any surprised ruined. That’s dedication.