8 Things We Learned About ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Aaron Paul From His Reddit AMA
Ah, that "Breaking Bad" cast. The show would be amazing even if its stars were total creeps, but we have to admit: the fact that they seem to be a very decent crew makes it just that much easier to indulge a total obsession with all things Walter White and company.
Take, for instance, Aaron Paul's Tuesday evening Reddit AMA session, in which he answered fan queries, repeatedly fulfilled their requests to have him address them by his character's favorite curse word, and clued fans in on his Omaze.com fundraiser, the one titled "Cook With Jesse and Walt at the 'Breaking Bad' Finale."
To raise funds for the Kind Campaign, the anti-bullying organization created by Paul's wife Lauren, the Omaze contest will award the winner a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Sept. 29 series finale screening of "Breaking Bad" at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery ... with Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston. The winner and the two "BB" stars will arrive at the finale party in an RV, will cook up some snacks while wearing Hazmat suits, and will then party together after the screening.
The contest comes on the heels of a Cranston AMA and Omaze contest, in which the winner rode to the "Breaking Bad" season 5.1 premiere with the cast, and Cranston raised more than $300,000 for The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
And speaking of things the Emmy-winning "Breaking Bad" co-stars have in common, as Paul revealed during his AMA, he had tried to co-star with Cranston in another TV series. Below, seven things we learned from his responses to Redditors' queries:
He Could've Been Cranston's Son
Reddit question: What do you think if you would've happened if you had gotten the part of Francis on "Malcolm in the Middle"?
"Eh, well I definitely wouldn't have gotten the role of Jesse Pinkman on 'Breaking Bad,' that's for sure," Paul responded. "I don't know. The funny thing about that is a lot of people thought I auditioned for Francis, but in reality they never would see me. I read the pilot of 'Malcolm in the Middle' because it was sent to me, and I desperately wanted to audition, but they kept passing (on) me."
Bryan Cranston Is No Fan of Pants
Reddit question: I've heard many places that Bryan Cranston is one of the biggest goofballs on set. Any good stories of him (or any of the other cast) on the set during filming that did not make it onto a blooper reel?
"We all know that from 'Malcolm in the Middle' to 'Breaking Bad,' (Cranston's) characters tended to wear (tighty-whiteys), but what you don't know is that any close-up shot of Bryan on 'Breaking Bad,' where you didn't see the lower half of his body, his pants were always off. His pants were always off. True story, I'm not even joking. His pants are always off."
He's Suffered for His Art ... in the ER
Reddit question: I heard that you got a concussion and had to go the ER while shooting one of the seasons; what's the story behind that?
"Raymond Cruz, who played Tuco, gave me a concussion during the episode 'Grilled' ... Tuco takes Walt and Jesse to his shack in the middle of nowhere, where we meet the famous Tio. Tuco takes Jesse, and he throws him through the screen door outside, and if you watch it back, you'll notice that my head gets caught inside the wooden screen door and it flips me around and lands me on my stomach, and the door splinters into a million pieces. Raymond just thought I was acting, so he continued and kicked me in the side and picked me up over his shoulder and threw me against the house, but in reality, I was pretty much unconscious … I kept pleading to him, saying 'stop.' The next thing I know, I guess I blacked out, and I woke up to a flashlight in (my) eyes, and it was our medic. And then I hopped up, acting like nothing wrong, but it appeared like I was drunk, and I kept saying 'let's finish the scene,' but then my eye started swelling, shut so they took me to the hospital. Just another fun day on the set of 'Breaking Bad'!"