Bob Odenkirk has admitted that he regretted ignoring the medical advice of a conservative doctor.
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Actor Bob Odenkirk said he regrets rejecting the medical advice of an “eccentric” conservative doctor during a podcast.
Odenkirk told podcaster and comedian Tig Natar that he had an eccentric, conservative doctor when discussing the health scare that occurred on the set of “Better Call Saul” in 2021.
“When I was 50, I walked in, he was a heart doctor, Cedar-Sinai, and at this point he had signs all around his office (saying, ‘We don’t accept Obamacare,’ and I hated that side of him. That’s what I learned until in time.” he said.
Odenkirk said a doctor he had been with for 20 years told him he needed to start taking statins, a drug that helps lower cholesterol.
“And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know. I don’t have heart disease in my family.” He says, ‘Just take them,’” he continued.
The actor said he went to another doctor who told him, “You don’t need medicine yet.”
Odenkirk said he had a heart attack, adding that he thinks the first doctor was right.
“And I had a heart attack. And I think the first doctor was right,” said the actor. “That grumpy conservative moron was right because he was a good doctor. His political view has nothing to do with his ability to judge your health and your health decisions and needs.”
In July 2021, Odenkirk collapsed on the set of “Better Call Saul” and was taken to the hospital.
He returned to Better Call Saul in September 2021 and continued filming.
In March 2022, he opened up about the incident during an interview with NBC’s “Today.”
“I wasn’t present for any of it, but I was told it was quite a shocking day on set and traumatic for all my co-stars and crew members, people I love so much, who love me and stood by my side and then he went with me to the hospital,” he said at the time.