Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk ‘rushed to hospital’ after collapsing onset


Bob Odenkirk was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after collapsing onset of his hit AMC/Netflix show Better Call Saul, DailyMail.com can confirm. 

Odenkirk, 58, was shooting a scene on location in New Mexico when the incident took place. 

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

Scare: Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk ‘rushed to hospital’ after collapsing onset of the hit Netflix show in New Mexico 

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.

DailyMail.com has reached out to representatives for the actor who have so far not made an official comment. 

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

Career high: Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the earnest lawyer and former con-man, who turns into a greedy criminal defense attorney known as Saul Goodman

Career high: Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the earnest lawyer and former con-man, who turns into a greedy criminal defense attorney known as Saul Goodman

Actor Stirling 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 Stirling 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 Stirling 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. 

Breakout: Bob's character first featured in the iconic series Breaking Bad alongside Bryan Cranston

Breakout: Bob’s character first featured in the iconic series Breaking Bad alongside Bryan Cranston

In April this year, Odenkirk made an appeared 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 the show in 1991.  

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

Bowing out: The sixth and final season is scheduled to air in early 2022

Bowing out: The sixth and final season is scheduled to air in early 2022

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