Aaron Paul reviews the most iconic scenes from ‘Breaking Bad’

Breaking Bad It not only marked a before and after in television history, it also marked a turning point, and perhaps in a more forceful and transformative way, in the life of Aaron Paul. The actor played the iconic Jesse Pinkman for five seasons, an innocent neighborhood drug dealer turned kitchen boy for New Mexico’s most dangerous drug lord, Walter White (AKA Heisenberg), played by Bryan Cranston. Both were two sides of the same coin in the series created by Vince Gilligan, which thanks to Netflix has had a continuation with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.

In Esquire we take advantage of this shot of serial nostalgia to take Aaron Paul on a trip back in time, reviewing the most iconic scenes of his character in the series and discovering anecdotes from filming, his relationship with Bryan Cranston (with whom, beware, he has taken a brand of Mezcal), Jesse Pinkman’s heritage in his life and why he had to say so many times bitch.

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1 – Pilot episode (1×01): The Sequence That Started It All

“This is what characterized Breaking Bad first of all: the drug, which is the engine of the whole series “, Paul assures during the interview, as he watches with amused eyes the first time that Jesse and Walt cooked drugs in the caravan in the middle of the desert. It was in the first episode of the show, the pilot, who started a path that they never expected so successful. And fun. “From day one we had a great time, and that goes from Vince Gilligan, who directed this chapter, to Bryan Cranston, who is a fool, so immature, so brilliant, “recalls the actor, who saved Pinkman from death: the character had to die in the first season, but the chemistry (pun intended) between the protagonists and the interest in knowing more about the young man kept him to the end (and beyond, with The way).

2 – One minute (3×07): His most emotional scene

“Somehow, he gets his life back before being sucked in again,” says Paul, who shared this scene on his social media a couple of weeks before the arrival of his film sequel to Netflix. “The reason I shared it was because it is a moment in which you regain control of your life, of your destiny,” he explains. Indeed, it is a scene charged with emotion and rage, in which Jesse rejects Walt’s offer to work with him again after receiving a monumental beating because of him. It will not be the only thing you have to suffer because of the famous Heisenberg’s decisions.

3 – The fly (3×10): His favorite episode

“This is one of my favorite episodes,” Paul notes without thinking. Directed by Rian Johnson, who directed some of the series’ most iconic episodes (such as Ozymandias, in the final stretch of the fifth season), it works as a “bottle episode”. The actor explains it like this: “It’s what we call these episodes in which we are trying to save some money on production costs, so we try to keep the episode very contained in the same space.” Indeed, the entire chapter takes place in the laboratory in which the leading couple is working, and the obsessive search for a fly that has crept inside.

4 – Full measure (3×13): His toughest sequence

The season three finale was one of the series’ most shocking, and a turning point for Jesse Pinkman. “That moment of pulling the trigger was the loss of innocence and everything that was Jesse, there was no going back after this,” says Paul, who somehow carries the weight of that terrible decision of his character. Their victim is Gale, Walt’s assistant in the laboratory, and the only one who can reproduce the drug they cook. And that’s why she had to die, with the tea chilling in the kitchen and her cell phone ringing on the table. In addition, the before and after was not only for the character, but also for the series: after this ending they entered the Netflix catalog, where their fame catapulted to stardom.

5 – Live free or die (5×01): The Greatest Chapter bitch

In Jesse Pinkman’s ranking of moments in Breaking Bad, there is no doubt that this is one of the first. Also one of his best bitch, a word that he repeated ad nauseam to become a recurring joke and motto for fans. “I can safely say that I’ve been called a bitch more times than anyone on this planet, and it’s crazy to think that,” says Paul. In this scene, he joins them with the magnets (magnets) to create a memorable phrase. The actor recalls that it was “an incredible day” on set, and that those magnets later became a nightstand for Gilligan. The magic of television.

6 – catlike (5×16): The saddest moment

The end of the end. and the farewell to two characters whose journey remains one of the most epic in television history. “This was a heartbreaking scene to shoot for me,” confesses the actor. “A lot of people came after this scene to hug me, to tell me that I had done an amazing performance, but I thought it was something normal, because I was feeling every moment as if it were real, I did not feel that I was acting at all,” recalls Paul, that after all those years he felt closer to his character than he had ever imagined.

Now yes, the goodbye to Jesse Pinkman is real.

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