Connect with us

Wiki

Why did Better Call Saul recast Jeff and who is the new actor?

Time is running out on Better Call Saul as fans prepare to bid farewell to one of the most celebrated shows in recent memory. Bob…

The post Why did Better Call Saul recast Jeff and who is the new actor? appeared first on HITC.

Time is running out on Better Call Saul as fans prepare to bid farewell to one of the most celebrated shows in recent memory.

Bob Odenkirk’s work as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad was a glorious highlight but fans were a little sceptical that a spin-off series diving into the lawyer’s past would feel a little, well, unnecessary.

We now sit from the vantage point of season 6 and laugh at the initial uncertainty. In fact, many have already begun to argue that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s prequel is even better than its predecessor, ushering in new characters that will undoubtedly go down in the TV hall of fame.

There are a lot of new characters that pop up and one of them is Jeff, who first appeared in one of season 4’s black and white sequences. However, the character may not look so familiar because Better Call Saul has recast Jeff in season 6.

THE GRAY MAN: IS THERE A POST-CREDIT SCENE?

Better Call Saul, Netflix 2022

Why did Better Call Saul recast Jeff?

Jeff was originally played by Don Harvey but Digital Spy reports that a Better Call Saul fan site has addressed he couldn’t reprise the Better Call Saul role “due to contract obligations.”

The 62-year-old actor showcases his talents in an HBO drama series called We Own This City, so perhaps his work on that project resulted in scheduling conflicts of some sort.

Diving into Jeff as a character, he became a fan of Saul Goodman’s work when he lived in Albuquerque but later relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, and started work as a taxi driver.

Arguably the most important scene with the character up to this point came in season 5 when he encountered Gene in the mall and told him that he knows he’s Saul Goodman. Careful not to risk his exposure, Gene insists he’s got the wrong guy but to get him away he agrees to reveal himself and do the famous Saul catchphrase.

Jeff then tells Gene that if he ever needs a cab he should give him a call.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING: WHAT DOES THE TITLE MEAN?

The Sandman | Official Trailer | NetflixBridTV10961The Sandman | Official Trailer | Netflixhttps://i.ytimg.com/vi/KxFSauEvVh0/hqdefault.jpg10602791060279center13872

Pat Healy takes over in Better Call Saul

Taking over from Don Harvey we have Pat Healy.

The 50-year-old American actor may be familiar for a variety of reasons and has starred in such shows as Station 19 (he plays Michael Dixon), Them (Marty Dixon), Shameless (Lester), and Hap and Leonard (Truman Brown).

However, he is arguably far better known as a film actor, with work including Dinner in America (Norm), The Post (Phil Geyelin), Starry Eyes (Carl), Cheap Thrills (Craig Daniels), Compliance (Officer Daniels), The Innkeepers (Luke), and many more.

Looking ahead, he’s ass set to play John Burger in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

Honestly the Jeff recasting wasn’t too bad if you headcanon it as Gene imagining him as being scarier than he actually was at first. After he went back into Slippin’ Jimmy mode he saw him for what he truly was: some weasel. #BetterCallSaul #bcsSpoilers pic.twitter.com/98u3OcxRDc— Trash King @Colossalcon East (@TrashKing_01) July 26, 2022

‘He saw him for what he truly was’

A number of fans have reacted to the recasting and some have even argued why the decision better serves the narrative.

For example, one fan tweeted: “Honestly the Jeff recasting wasn’t too bad if you headcanon it as Gene imagining him as being scarier than he actually was at first. After he went back into Slippin’ Jimmy mode he saw him for what he truly was: some weasel.”

On the other hand, some have taken issue with it. One fan recently weighed in: “I’m not complaining about Better Call Saul recasting the Jeff cab driver character, I just wish I knew going in. I spent the whole episode trying to guess his significance. Thought he might just be cab driver buddies with the guy who ‘made’ Gene.”
The post Why did Better Call Saul recast Jeff and who is the new actor? appeared first on Ladunblog.

Trending