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Old 07-05-2017, 09:17 PM   #721
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The Best Actor on TV Is Better Call Saul’s Michael McKean

http://www.vulture.com/2017/06/vultu...call-saul.html

On Better Call Saul, a man we primarily associate with laughter fully transforms into a control freak with a broken mind who is as allergic to humor as he (allegedly) is to electromagnetism. Despite the fact that he has tackled dramatic material before, you may still think of McKean as the guy who hung out with Squiggy or sang “Big Bottom.” But while watching him on Better Call Saul, all you see is Chuck: intelligent, deadly serious, stubborn, miserable Chuck.

The Case for Michael McKean


Note: Spoilers about the Better Call Saul season-three finale will pop up in this section.
Thanks for sharing this, I'd seen Mckean in many roles he's played over the years so I was familiar with some of his work but I felt he really raised the bar with his role as Chuck, and as a huge fan of This is Spinal Tap I was shocked reading this, I haven't watched the movie in years but I never knew he played the lead singer, what an awesome actor.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:30 PM   #722
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Thanks for sharing this, I'd seen Mckean in many roles he's played over the years so I was familiar with some of his work but I felt he really raised the bar with his role as Chuck, and as a huge fan of This is Spinal Tap I was shocked reading this, I haven't watched the movie in years but I never knew he played the lead singer, what an awesome actor.
Had the same reaction when I found out. From earlier in this thread:

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Well I'll be damned. Watching This is Spinal Tap on tv. Thinking geez that blond guy sure looks familiar. Ding! Holy #### that's Chuck. Mind=Blown.

He's also in the new biographical movie about President Warren G Harding!

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Emmy Nominations - McKean snubbed.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/...ions-revealed/

Odenkrik and Banks nominated.

Show nominated for best Drama.
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This season, I liked Bank's performance but McKean was definitely the standout here.
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:21 PM   #725
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Really enjoyed what a slow burn this show has been, I expected that he'd be Saul by the end of season 1 and off to have his wacky adventures as the lawyer of the damned. The way they are doing it is going to make the transition into Saul much more organic experience, really glad they didn't blow their load even though everyone knew where it was going, unlike House of Cards which massively rushed things and undermined the tone they were going for.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:17 PM   #726
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Emmy Nominations - McKean snubbed.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/...ions-revealed/

Odenkrik and Banks nominated.

Show nominated for best Drama.
IMO Jeffrey Wright is just as big a snub. No idea how Hopkins gets a nomination when Wright carried the show for the first 3/4 of the episodes.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:20 PM   #727
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Rhea Seehorn holds the show together IMO.
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Emmys 2017: Where The F*** Is Michael McKean’s ‘Better Call Saul’ Nomination?

http://decider.com/2017/07/13/emmys-...ul-nomination/

This might be bold to say but it’s certainly not an overstatement: McKean delivered the best performance on television this year.
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Emmys 2017: Where The F*** Is Michael McKean’s ‘Better Call Saul’ Nomination?

http://decider.com/2017/07/13/emmys-...ul-nomination/

This might be bold to say but it’s certainly not an overstatement: McKean delivered the best performance on television this year.


I might put in an argument for David Thewlis' portrayal of VM Varga for Fargo. But he was nominated so it's a moot point.

I am just not sure how Jonathan Banks was put ahead of McKean this year, also considering this is likely McKean's last season.
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Rhea Seehorn holds the show together IMO.
I think she's great but the problem is that there are too many good actors in this show. I can argue Patrick Fabian (Howard) is maybe even a better supporting actor as he kind of commands the screen in every scene he's in. It's really hard to decipher who's carrying what when they are all so competent.

That said I do feel McKean stands a little above the rest so I'm quite surprised he got snubbed from at least a nomination.
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Rhea Seehorn holds the show together IMO.
Kim Wexler is the key to the show, in particular in the Jimmy vs. Saul fight, but Rhea Seehorn isn't doing much as an actress (mainly because she isn't being given the material to do so).
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BCS has been pretty great - i didn't think that anything could follow up Breaking Bad, but BCS has been right up to there alongside.

excited to see where it goes from here...

kim's the only thing keeping Saul from going over the edge...and she's not in Breaking Bad soooooo....
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