All The Incredibly Neat Details You Might Have Missed In This Week’s ‘Better Call Saul’

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03.18.15 33 Comments
1. Julie Ann Emery, who plays Betsy Kettleman, was on the Better Call Saul Insider podcast this week, and she was just lovely as hell. She talked at length about what she and Jeremy Shamos (who plays Craig Kettleman) put into their roles. Before they began shooting, they didn’t have a lot to go on in the pilot script, so they spent a lot of time hanging out together — getting coffee, going to Trader Joe’s — and acting like they were the Kettlemans. They also sent each other a lot of videos about people who may not be on the inside what they appear to be on the outside as research. One of those videos was the Mitt, the documentary about Mitt Romney and his family, which is to say, Craig and Betsy Kettleman are at least vaguely inspired by Mitt Romney! (via Better Call Saul Insider)

2. On Craig and Betsy Kettleman, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould noted that they weren’t really supposed to be in the show beyond the pilot episode, but they loved them so much during their auditions that they basically created a storyline to keep them around. They are the Jesse Pinkman of Better Call Saul. (via Better Call Saul Insider)

3. As many of you already know, Betsy Kettleman is a shout-out to Betsy Brandt, who played Marie on Breaking Bad. To that point, Vince and the gang had a good time discussing the possibility of Marie on Breaking Bad and Betsy Kettleman hanging out.

Julia Ann Emery: [Can you imagine Marie and Betsy Kettleman together?] “They’d be shoplifting at Prada and selling it out of the back of the car.”

Peter Gould: “They live in the same world. Anything is possible.”

Gilligan: “Marie would do the shop lifting, and Betsy would say, ‘I think that sales assistant saw you. I think we’ll have to murder them.'”

I love that idea so, so much. (via Better Call Saul Insider)

4. The Loyola bathroom guy in Better Call Saul helped out with the magnet on Breaking Bad, and they are the same character, according to Gilligan. (via Better Call Saul Insider, image from Reddit user hajisquickvanish)

5. If you’re curious:

That line comes from episode 2, when Nacho says to Saul about robbing the Kettlemans: “I like to rob criminals…they have no recourse to the law.”

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