‘Better Call Saul’ Nearly Used ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Camera Lens, but Got Scared Off
Published on Apr 08, 2020
The widescreen desert cinematography in “Breaking Bad” was often compared to David Lean’s 1962 historical epic “Lawrence of Arabia,” so it’s only fitting “Better Call Saul” creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould got close to renting the camera lenses Lean used to film the desert scenes on their prequel series. “Better Call Saul” returned to the “Breaking Bad” desert in a major way on this week’s episode, “Bagman,” one of the most acclaimed installments of the series’ run thus far. Main characters Saul (Bob Odenkirk) and Mike (Jonathan Banks) spend a majority of the hour wandering the desert, and Gilligan tells Variety the production got close to using the “Lawrence” camera lens to shoot these sequences.
“We did use a long lens. We were trying to figure out how to make it as ‘Lawrence’-like as possible,” Gilligan said. “It got to the point where [co-creator] Peter Gould wanted
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Author: Zack Sharf