As the countdown to the last episode of Breaking Bad begins, we take time pause and reflect on five seasons of television perfection. The armchair quarterbacks are all busy speculating on who lives, who dies and how the iconic series will end Sunday night. But instead let’s take another journey, one of discovery, and learn some lesser known “Breaking Bad” facts that may put a smile on your face before the sadness sets in.
While we have yet to know how it’ll all go down Sunday, we do know quite a few shocking facts about how “Breaking Bad” became the critically acclaimed, fan fanatic, award-winning show it is today. But, we may not know all the behind the scenes facts however, according to TooFab on Sept. 27.
- Did you know that two other big name actors were in the running to play Walter White but both passed on the formidable role? John Cusack and Matthew Broderick both turned it down. When creator Vince Gilligan showed AMC execs Bryan Cranston’s work on an “X-Files” episode, the network was sold. It’s always impossible to picture another actor in a famous role in hindsight.
- Jesse was originally scheduled to die at the end of the first season, but Vince Gilligan changed his mind after watching Aaron Paul’s outstanding performances.
- Anna Gunn, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Skyler White, admits she was suffering from a mystery illness during the series run. She was treated with cortisone shots that caused her to gain weight. Thankfully she says she’s recovered now.
- Actor R.J. Mitte does have cerebral palsy in real life, but not as severe as his character Walt Jr. has on the show, which is a more severe form resulting in a speech impediment and the use of crutches.
- The original script called for Walt to have a hand in Jane’s death, but the final version had him simply watch and fail to stop her choking on her own vomit.
- Actor Giancarlo Esposito is actually Italian, not Hispanic. He says he was blessed with a wonderful voice coach that got him through the scenes where he has to speak fluent Spanish.
- The infamous blue meth that Walt and Jesse cook up is actually crystallized sugar, aka rock candy, for those of you who were always wondering and didn’t know already.
- Dean Norris asked Vince Gilligan to kill him off halfway through the final season so he could film a comedy pilot. Vince told him, “I need you, what else am I going to write about in the last eight”?
- Jonathan Bank’s part of Mike Ehrmantraut was supposed to be minor. He was only brought in to be a cleaner for Jane’s body, since Bob Odenkirk wasn’t available to film.
- Listen up cash-strapped California, “Breaking Bad” was originally set in Riverside, California. But it ended up in New Mexico in order to take advantage of the state’s substantial tax rebate for film and television productions.
- Crossover alert! As an “Easter egg” to Breaking fans, Blue Sky meth was actually seen in an episode of “The Walking Dead,” which also happens to airs on AMC.
- For future fact-mongers and trivia buffs, the flashback scene at the start of the epic “Ozymandias” episode was actually the last scene ever shot for the series.
- You may already have heard as the cast made its farewell talk show rounds and gave final magazine interviews, but Bryan Cranston got a miniature tattoo of the show’s logo on the inside of one of his fingers after filming wrapped.
Bryan says every once in a while he catches a glimpse of the tattoo and sees that seminal logo from “Breaking Bad”, and it puts a smile on his face.
“It’s been a wild ride full of drugs, Flynn and his love for breakfast, Aaron Paul shouting ‘Bitch’ and a whole lot of Bryan Cranston in his tighty-whities”.
This is one show that will be severely missed by many when it’s done and gone. Be sure to check out some of the silly moments from the show in the video at the top of the article.
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