For more than two decades, actor Patrick Fabian has appeared in several television and film projects. When it comes to looking to your fellow actors for inspiration, the late Ray Liotta tops the list.
“His commitment and intensity just shine through,” explained Fabian on the late actor. “He’s the kind of actor you want to be.”
The “Better Call Saul” actor said he was “shocked” when he received the news of Liotta’s death. According to reports, the ‘Good Fellas’ actor died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic. He was 67 years old.
“That commitment and intensity jumped off the screen at you,” Fabian said. “There are actors when they come on screen and you immediately start seeing them because they had something going on, even though they weren’t talking and that was one of them.”
Fabian must be aware of intensity.
While his character “Howard Hamlin” in “Better Call Saul” may be about zen life, he has intense moments with “Jimmy McGill” aka “Saul Goodman” the show’s protagonist, played by Bob Odenkirk.
The AMC series is in its sixth and final, which is a bit bitter for Fabian.
“It’s like senior year of high school. You’re missing out on your friends and everyone else,” he explained.
Without spoiling too much when it comes to the fate of his character in the mid-season finale, Fabian called the turn of events “a gift” from the writers.
While the “Breaking Bad” prequel is coming to an end, there are talks about a spin-off around Rhea Seehorn’s character “Kim Wexler,” and Fabian is a big fan of the idea.
“Rhea Seehorn is one of my favorite actresses, hands down,” he explained. “If you think she’s attractive on-screen, you should have a front row seat like I’ve done for the past six years.”
The second part of the final season of “Better Call Saul” airs Monday, July 11 on AMC and AMC+.