Tio Salamanca has returned. Recently, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Breaking Bad actor Mark Margolis about his recent guest appearance on Better Call Saul.
The AMC spin-off was renewed for a third season earlier this week.
In the interview, Margolis said he didn’t know if he was going to be brought back for Better Call Saul:
My wife did. She kept asking me, “Are you gonna be on it? Are you gonna be on it? Are gonna be on it?” And I kept saying, “I don’t know if I’m gonna be on it. It would be nice. On the other hand, I made it through a year without being on it, so I guess I can go a couple years without being on it.” I always say dumb things like that, but they’re true. I would get stopped by people, “Are you gonna be on Better Call Saul? I hope you’re gonna be on.” I’d say, “It would be lovely to be on it.” I love New Mexico. I love the people who create the show. I love the whole crew, who are all amazing people to work with. The actors are wonderful to work with. I didn’t want to make it something that I was gonna be heartbroken if I didn’t work on it.”
He speculated about how his character ended up in a wheelchair:
I certainly don’t know what led to Hector ending up in the wheelchair. I’ve always assumed it had to be a stroke, some kind of an illness or something. [He’s] in such bad shape, in such a terrible place. The first time you see me in Breaking Bad, I’m out in a crap shed out in the middle of nowhere. It makes trailer park trash look like the high end. Why did I end up all the way out in that mess if I was such a formidable cartel leader? You’d think even an old gangster, when his health fails, will still have enough to keep him in half-decent shape. It wasn’t until later on when the nephews come along to put me at least into a nursing home and even that wasn’t a great nursing home. So I do not know. I think about it, but I don’t know how I came to fall into that place.”
Margolis added that he hopes Better Call Saul runs for three or four more seasons so we can all find out how Tio ended up the way he does in Breaking Bad:
I hope it gets answered over the course of three or four seasons of Saul. Personally, because I always look at the worst, I very much fear that they’ll find a demise for me very quickly. They’ll have me fall down, foaming at the mouth and then you’ll see that he’s carried out and you know that that’s where he’s gonna end up. I hope they keep me going for a while, but I have no idea. Mr. Gilligan has a very interesting, unusual, brilliant, genius mind. Vince has a way of getting you to look to the right while he actually pulls off something to the left. He gets the audience to think something’s gonna go a certain way and then he takes it a whole other way.”
What do you think? Do you watch Better Call Saul? Were you surprised that Tio showed up in the last episode?