10 Things to Know About Breaking Bad Before Watching El Camino
Things About Breaking Bad Before Watching El Camino:
Breaking Bad is the greatest show ever made and although it ended back in 2013, fans still cherish it more than any other show. Fans were pretty content with Walter White’s fate but we always wondered about Jesse’s future. Well, our prayers have been answered as we’ll finally get all the answers to the questions that came into our mind after the show ended, as Jesse Pinkman is coming back in the movie “El Camino”.
#1: Jesse was supposed to be there for only 1 season
Vince Gillian had different plans for our favorite character Jesse at first. Jesse was originally slated to be written out by the 9th episode of the first season. Luckily, the writers caused a strike during which Gilligan realized the potential of Aaron Paul, he was so impressed by Paul’s portrayal of Jesse, that he decided to reinstate the character.
#2: They weren’t smoking meth in real. Shocking!
It may be disappointing for some of you to know that the actors were not really smoking meth in real, they were just acting. The characters were actually smoking sugar or rock candy but they did not inhale it. The Candy meth was produced by the Candy lady, a local shop in Albuquerque.
#3: None of the Production Houses were interested in a show on drugs
Vince Gilligan had to knock on a lot of doors for his show. The initial pitch of Breaking Bad was rejected by Showtime, TNT, and HBO as they were not interested. In 2005, FX finally stepped in and immediately began development on the pilot. Eventually, they passed on the show for Courteney Cox’s show ‘Dirt’ as they wanted more female viewers. TNT loved the idea of the show, but they said that they couldn’t air a show with a crystal meth dealer as the main character.
#4: Producers were against Bryan Cranston as the lead
Breaking Bad owes a lot of its success to the magnificent performance of Bryan Cranston as Walter White and we can’t even imagine the show without him. Turns out, Sony and AMC were initially reluctant to cast Bryan Cranston as the lead as he was considered a ‘Comedy actor’. They even approached John Cusack and Matthew Broderick for the role, and Bryan Cranston was only hired after both of them declined.
#5: Body Count
Breaking Bad has had a lot of deaths and in total, 270 people have died during the course of the show. Out of the 270, 167 died in the plane crash in the episode ‘ABQ’. Out of the 98 deliberate killings in the show, 56 people were shot. We just hope that Walter White is not a part of this number and hopefully he’ll make an appearance in the movie “El Camino”
#6: Mike’s role was not supposed to be big
We all remember and love the character of Mike from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. The hitman was not planned to be a big character from the start. The script originally called for Saul Goodman to show up to teach Jesse how to clean up a crime scene after Jane’s death. Bob Odenkirk had prior commitments so producers brought in Jonathan Banks as Mike, and made his character more important.
#7: Tribute to the real Heisenberg
Walter White’s true self, Heisenberg, is a tribute by the makers to Werner Heisenberg, the man who formulated the uncertainty principle, which states that it is impossible to determine accurately both the position and the direction and speed of a particle at the same instant. Walter’s life was quite uncertain as well, he could’ve died anytime and no one knew what would happen next.
#8: Aaron Paul was actually knocked out once
During the fight scene between Jesse and Tuco, Aaron Paul ended up getting knocked unconscious and he actually got a concussion, for which he needed heavy medical attention. Aaron Paul was so invested in his performance and he always gave his all no matter the conclusions.
#9: Falling Out
Some of you might have noticed the fact that each main villain that appeared on the show started out as an ally or boss for both Walt and Jesse, but their relationship could not go on for very long as they always had a falling out. Two sharp swords cannot be in one sheath.
#10: Walter White’s worth
All of us have wondered at some point or other about the total worth of Walter White. As it turns out, By the end of the series, Walt had earned approximately $80 million. He told this fact to Jack in the 14th Episode of the 5th season.