12 Things You Don’t Know about Breaking Bad
‘Breaking Bad’ is an extremely popular American crime-drama TV series. Indubitably one of the best series seen in the last decade, it has been created and produced by Vince Gilligan. With power-packed episodes, stellar performances by great actors, and a very interesting plot, the show boasts of innumerable fans across the globe. However, there’s a lot more to the show than what you see on your television set. Here are some interesting things about Breaking Bad that you probably didn’t know of.
1. Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul was initially a character meant to say bye-bye to the series in the ninth episode of the first season itself. Luckily so, during the Writer’s Guild strike of 2008, the show was cut short to 7 episodes, and the creators rethought their decision.
2. Bryan Cranston (who plays Walter White) got a tattoo of Breaking Bad done on the inside of his finger on the last day of shooting for Season 5. A memory too precious, right?
3. Bob Odenkirk (who plays Saul Goodman) confessed that he didn’t know how the show would end. In fact, he said that he didn’t want to know how the show ended! He didn’t read the parts of the last couple of scripts where he wasn’t there, and had put them in the trash folder of his mailbox. He did that because he himself was such a big fan of the show that he didn’t want any spoilers!
4. That moment, which is now considered iconic, actually was pure luck. We are talking of the time when Cranston threw the pizza on the terrace, and got it right in the first take itself!
5. The role of Walter White was offered to two actors – John Cusack and Matthew Broderick – before they passed it. AMC wasn’t very sure about taking Cranston, till Gilligan showed them an episode of ‘The X-Files’ in which the actor played a troubled racist. Co-incidentally Gilligan wrote that episode while he was associated with ‘The X-Files’! Maybe it was destined for the show?
6. Gilligan and Sony Pictures Television had first taken the show to HBO, TNT and FX, who had initially bought the show, but backed off after reading the first script. Their stated reason was that they didn’t need one more show with a male anti-hero, especially after their shows like “Rescue Me”, “The Shield”. Finally, AMC took the show.