It took three attempts to revive Bob Odenkirk after he suffered a near-fatal heart attack on the set of Better Call Saul last year.
In a New York Times Magazine profile to be published in print on Sunday (Feb. 13th), the former Breaking Bad star revealed, “I’d known since 2018 that I had this plaque buildup in my heart. I went to two heart doctors at Cedars-Sinai, and I had dye and an M.R.I. and all that stuff, and the doctors disagreed on treatment.”
Odenkirk took a wait-and-see approach, which worked out fine until he collapsed while riding an exercise bike on-set last July. The show’s health safety supervisor and an assistant director administered CPR and hooked him up to a defibrillator. According to the actor, the first two zaps failed to produce a regular heartbeat, but the third time, “it got me that rhythm back.”