Breaking Bad is an American television drama series created and produced by Vince Gilligan.
Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series.
He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul), with the aim of securing his family’s financial future before he dies.
The series has received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its writing and cinematography as well as for Cranston’s performance as Walter White.
The show was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, winning three times for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Cranston) and twice for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series.
The series also won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Drama; Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Cranston); and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Anna Gunn).
Today we will tell you the most impressive curiosities of what is probably the best series of all time.
24 Facts About Breaking Bad
1. Vince Gilligan was the director and writer of several episodes of the iconic and popular series “The X Files” (1993 – 2002). In one specific episode, “Drive” (1998), Bryan Cranston had a very good performance playing a man who was being victimized by an invisible force threatening to kill him.
Thus, the two met and Vince called Bryan to be part of Breaking Bad.
2. Jesse Pinkman was going to die in the first season, but after a writers’ strike, Vince saw the potential the character had and Aaron Paul’s good work, so he decided to keep the character alive.
3. Actor Marius Stan, who plays Bogdan, the owner of the car wash, is actually a doctor in chemistry, so he is an expert in the field. That was his first job as an actor.
4. During the filming of the movie “The Avengers” (2012) in Albuquerque, Samuel L. Jackson showed up on the set of Breaking Bad disguised as Nick Fury. He wanted to be an extra in the restaurant of the series “Los Pollos Hermanos”, but the production rejected his request.
5. People from the DEA taught the cast how to “cook” methamphetamine to make the chemical process look realistic, but omitted certain parts of the process to prevent them from replicating it on their own.
6. You probably remember the episodes that start with a black and white intro and a pink teddy bear, I feel this is the only element that has color. The titles of those episodes form the phrase “Seven-Thirty-Seven Down Over ABQ” (737 fell in Albuquerque), referring to the event of the planes that we saw later in the series.
7.The coordinates where Walter buried his money actually mark the location of Albuqerque Studios, where a good part of the series was filmed.
8. The scene where Walter angrily throws a pizza into the sky and it lands on the roof of his house was a complete fluke: that hadn’t been in the script. The production team liked it so much that they decided to leave it in.
The problem with this is that, in real life, some of the fans go to the house where the series was filmed and throw pizzas on the roof. The owners of the house are pissed.
9. The drug that the actors “consume” in scenes of the series are actually candies with coloring, manufactured by a company in the city.
10. The series consists of 62 episodes. The 62nd element of the periodic table is Samarium, an isotope used to treat different types of cancer.
11. Due to Jesse Plemons’ slight resemblance to Matt Damon, he was nicknamed “Meth Damon”.
12. The final episode of the series is called “Felina”. This word is composed of 3 syllables: Fe, Li and Na. “Fe” is the chemical symbol for iron, which is found in our blood. “Li” is for lithium, an important element in methamphetamine. “Na” for sodium, found in tears. Thus, the title of the last episode could be translated to “blood, methamphetamine and tears”.
13. The colors of the clothes worn by the characters have their own meaning, serving as a graphic expression of the person and their values. For example, in some scenes Walter comes out with a light jacket over a black shirt, meaning that on the outside he could look like a good person but inside he was evil.
14. This term is a colloquialism from the southern United States and means “when someone leaves the good path and becomes a bad person.”
15. Jesse and Walter Jr. never interacted with each other in the entire series.
16. Aaron Paul auditioned to play Francis in the series “Malcolm the Middleman” (2000 – 2006), where Bryan plays Malcolm’s dad, Hal. The role eventually went to Christopher Masterson.
17. Bryan and Aaron became close friends throughout the production of the series. The friendship has lasted for many years now, and a few months ago they decided to work together to create the mezcal brand “Dos Hombres”.
18. This character was going to have a major role in the second season, but actor Raymond Cruz got an important role in the series “The Closer” (2005) and decided to focus on it.
19. After writing the plot for the series, Vince went to Sony Pictures Television, who decided to support the idea. They went to several networks, including Showtime, who rejected the idea because they were already producing the series “Weeds” (2005 – 2012), which had a similar plot to Breaking Bad. HBO, TNT and FX also turned it down.
Finally, they met with AMC executives and the deal was done.
20. “Breaking Bad” ended up helping Albuquerque become famous, and boosted the city’s economy and tourism.
21. The real-life owners of the house Walter White lived in are not happy with the show’s popularity.
22. No, you can’t learn how to make meth by watching “Breaking Bad.”
23. Bryan Cranston was not the first choice for the role of Walter White. In fact, casting him took some convincing on the part of the show’s creator and writer. At the beginning of the series, the role of Walter White was offered to actors Matthew Broderick and John Cusack.
24. There is a story that Gilligan planned to kill off Aaron Paul’s character, Jesse Pinkman, in episode nine of the first season, but that the writers’ strike meant that the show only lasted seven episodes.