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Michael McKean On ‘Better Call Saul’ & #OscarsSoWhite

Larry King NowFeb 10 '16

Michael McKean details all things 'Better Call Saul' — what's to come in Season 2, working alongside 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan, and the possibility of a Bryan Cranston cameo. Michael also talks his favorite roles from his decades-long career and weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

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*Posted Online on Ora.TV on Feb 10th 2016:

“Listen. There’s no sweeter ghetto than the comedy ghetto. It’s fun. You get to make people laugh which makes them live longer, so I’m doing the work of the Lord.” - Michael McKean on why he prefers comedy.

“First of all, Breaking Bad is a great premise. What if there was a guy who was dying of cancer, wanted to leave something behind for his family? He was a chemical genius and figured out a way to make really, really good methamphetamine crystal and makes some money doing that, have something to leave his family, and what if, as it often does, what if he becomes corrupted? 100% corrupted? What if he is irredeemable but we still want to root for him?”

“I don’t see the big picture very much. I’m just that kind of guy. But to be very meticulous about it, I think Idris Elba gave one of the best performances this year in Beasts of No Nation and I was kind of thrown by that.” - Michael McKean on the oscars controversy.

“I just hope it’s still about merit. I mean, that’s kind of the ideal we’re going for. It’s how good was your film.” - Michael McKean on whether or not the academy can make incremental but influential changes.

“There’s something about Trump that’s kind of like Andy Griffith’s character in A Face in the Crowd, except that Andy Griffith’s character fell out of favor when he looked into the public’s eye and said, ‘I own you. I can do anything and you’re still going to love me.’ But Trump does that and people still seem to…”

“I was playing against Jane Curtin and Cheech Marin, and Cheech beat the hell out of me the second game…Very bright guy. Very bright. I know. He’s the poster child for marijuana, because he hasn’t forgotten a thing.” - Michael McKean on playing celebrity jeopardy.
“Well, I got to say this. I met some wonderful people. People who are still my friends, but I don’t think it was a marriage made in heaven. The time to do SNL is when you’re twenty-eight and hungry. I was forty-six and largely didn’t know what I wanted.” - Michael McKean on his SNL experience.