Netflix loves catering to the teens, which means every now and then we get a very perplexed cast of serious actors promoting their prestige film with a YouTube reaction video. Breaking Badwas a Peak TV sensation before the era of streaming, but with the upcoming arrival of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, the cast must now do their internet due diligence.
Netflix gathered the cast of El Camino in a recreation of the old Breaking Bad meth-making RV to read YouTube comments on the film’s trailer. It’s a pretty lackluster piece of marketing that’s made enjoyable to watch thanks to Aaron Paul’s sheer enthusiasm and willingness to say emphatically say “bitch” every five seconds. Watch the El Camino featurette below.
Never has there been a more serious group of people reading paper print-outs of YouTube comments. None are more serious than Aaron Paul who spends no more than three takes to get Charles Pavlik’s name right — the second because he stutters and the third because someone’s phone goes off. But he’s clearly happy to be back in his breakout role, enthusiastically saying his character’s trademark “bitch” every time a commenter writes it.
Six years after its series finale, the world has Breaking Bad on the brain again with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie set to premiere on Netflix this Friday. But now Los Angeles residents will be able to immerse themselves in the world of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a new Breaking Bad pop-up experience that’s coming to West Hollywood, taking over the same space once occupied by pop-ups for Saved By The Bell and Good Burger.
Next Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Breaking Bad fans in L.A. will be able to visit 7100 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood and check out the Breaking Bad Experience for themselves. Here’s how The Hollywood Reporter describes what it will be like:
The interactive experience will include an assortment of “insta-worthy” set re-creations from all five seasons of the show. Fans of Breaking Bad can enjoy show-inspired libations and bar snacks “up to Walter White’s standards.” The pop-up also will feature a do-it-yourself menu of chemically reactive cocktails and a menu including Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese the Half Measure if you want it crustless and Loaded SAULsa Nachos, “all safely served via hazmat tableside.” The menu also includes themed sides and desserts, as well as vegan and gluten-free options.
“It’s exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience Walt’s world firsthand,” said Breaking Bad series creator and El Camino director Vince Gilligan.
Back in 2015, Gilligan revealed that discussions were underway to turn Los Pollos Hermanos, the fast food chicken restaurant from the show run by Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring, into an actual restaurant chain. That never came to pass, and now it looks like this might be the closest thing fans get to stepping into the world of the show outside from trekking out to Albuquerque, New Mexico to see the locations where they filmed it in person, of course.
General admission tickets are available for $30 right now at the official website. For that price, you get entry into the establishment for up to 90 minutes, plus the guest’s choice of first concoction and a food item. And naturally, you’ll be able to buy additional food and drinks individually if you choose. The Breaking Bad Experience will be open 4-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, starting next week and going all the way through the end of this year.
Back in February, I expressed my misgivings about the new Breaking Bad movie. Why revive a TV show that nearly everyone believes actually pulled off a really good finale episode? I liked the idea that we didn’t know exactly what happened to Jesse Pinkman. It created space for a little ambiguity in a conclusion that answered pretty much every other question.
In my mind, the poor guy drove off into the sunset and somehow settled into a relatively peaceful life. Whether that was actually credible, at least I could imagine it as such. But now … we were going to put Jesse through the ringer again? I didn’t like it. Not only that, I declared that the Breaking Bad movie along with the upcoming Sopranos movie signaled the end of TV’s golden age. Instead of expecting innovation, we’re now looking for comforting rehashes of past glories.
I truly believed all of that back then, and I still do. Kind of. Well, actually … you saw this trailer, too, right?
Skinny Pete! Badger! Those images of wide-open New Mexican vistas that evoke both dark-hued ’70s westerns and dusty, southwestern noir! You think I can resist any of this? Of course not. I’m only a human Breaking Bad fan after all.
However, there is a small part of me that is still holding out ever so slightly on going full-on El Camino stan in anticipation of Friday’s premiere. And it has to do with my suspicion that this movie exists solely to give the fanbase what it wants, because Better Call Saul has gone out of its way to not do that.
Do you remember Better Call Saul? I only ask because the show ended its fourth season one year ago this month, in October 2018. Apparently it will be back in 2020, though it might be the final season, if Bob Odenkirk has his way. One year is an eternity in pop-culture time, especially if you’re a slow-burn legal drama in which the most memorable action scene — in marked contrast to the adrenaline-junkie extremes of Breaking Bad — involves a kicked-over gas lantern.
While people generally regard Better Call Saul as a very fine television program, it always seems to get forgotten once yet another perfectly conceived, expertly written, and wonderfully acted season comes and goes. In terms of Emmys, it has been nominated 22 times, including four consecutive nominations for Outstanding Drama plus nods for the exemplary acting of Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, and Giancarlo Esposito. Meanwhile, the fantastic Rhea Seehorn has not yet been recognized, a true oversight after she arguably became the show’s focus in its fourth season.
Out of all those nominations, guess how many Better Call Saul has won? Goose egg. Zilch. Zero. None.
I don’t care about Emmys. The Emmys are dumb. But they are indicative of how Better Call Saul is generally perceived — as a very good show, but never the best or most important show. While it has been well-reviewed throughout its run by critics, Better Call Saul is hardly ever mentioned among the most zeitgeist-y programs, even as it continues to be consistently great over the long haul while trendier shows crash and burn after a season or two.
If you were one of the lucky patrons to devour a Max Burger at Saved by the Max, enjoy the 90210 life at The Peach Pit or gobble down some Good Chunks at Good Burgerthen you will certainly will be ready to throw on your hazmat suit and enter the “ Breaking Bad Experience”, a pop up bar a restaurant which will open its doors on October 16.
From the team that brought you the aforementioned TV experiences, the “ Breaking BadExpeirence” will celebrate the critically acclaimed Emmy-winning AMC drama starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and is timed with the October 11 debut of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix.
“We couldn't be more excited to bring the world of Breaking Bad to life,” said Derek Berry, one of the concept's partners. “We are always looking to further elevate the nostalgic pop-up experience into something both foodies and show fans will love. So, when the timing aligned for this to become our next concept, we saw an opportunity to cook up our most immersive experience yet.”
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan added, “It's exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience Walt's world firsthand.”
Fans of Walt and Jesse, will get be able to dive into Heisenberg's world which will not only the show's trademark RV but also an assortment of Insta-worthy set recreations from all five seasons of the show. The pop-up will feature a restaurant that will include bar snacks and libations inspired by the show including Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese the “Half Measure” if you want it crustless!, and Loaded SAULsa Nachos, all safely served via hazmat tableside.
Tickets for the pop-up are available now. The “ Breaking BadExperience” is located at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.
If you've been holding out hope for the miraculous survival of Walter White following his presumed death scene in the Breaking Bad series finale, we've got some pretty bad news for you. Series creator Vince Gilligan recently appeared on The Rich Eisen Show to speak about his career, and before long, the subject turned to Breaking Bad and its upcoming movie sequel El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Concerning details about the movie, Gilligan is keeping his lips sealed, but he did officially confirm the fate of the Walter White character. When asked directly if Walter White is dead, Gilligan had this to say.
"You know what, yeah. I'm gonna give you that one too, Rich, because I love you so much and because it's your fifth anniversary. Yes, Walter White is dead."
Bryan Cranston starred as Walter White in the hit AMC series, co-starring with Aaron Paul as fellow meth cooker Jesse Pinkman. The series follow's Walter's transition from a meek high school teacher turning to drug manufacturing to pay for his cancer treatments into infamous criminal mastermind. Almost immediately, the show became a pop culture phenomenon and has since established a reputation as one of the most beloved TV series of all time. It was just as popular as ever when Vince Gilligan decided to bring it to an end after five seasons and 62 episodes, going out on a high note while leaving fans clamoring for more.
Following Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk reprised the role of crooked lawyer Saul Goodman in the spin-off series Better Call Saul. The series has touched on Saul's life under a new identity after the events of Breaking Bad, but serves mostly as a prequel series to show just how the character came to be. The show has allowed for the returns of many other fan favorites from the original series, such as Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut and Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring. However, neither Cranston nor Paul have appeared on the series as Walter or Jesse at this point in the show, though it remains possible a cameo could still happen in an upcoming season.
While Bryan Cranston could possibly appear in El Camino to reprise the role in a flashback sequence, his involvement has not been confirmed at this time. As we've seen in the trailer, however, Aaron Paul will definitely be back as Jesse Pinkman, serving as the central character in the story. Charles Baker and Matt Jones will also both be returning as Skinny Pete and Badger, Jesse's two closest friends. The movie picks up directly after the events of Breaking Bad and the death of Jesse's former mentor, showing what has since happened with Jesse and giving proper closure to the fan favorite character.
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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will premiere on Netflix and in select theaters just days from now on Oct. 11. Fans of Breaking Bad have been waiting years for this moment You can watch the complete interview with Gilligan below, courtesy of The Rich Eisen Show on YouTube.
“Breaking Bad” famously ended with the image of Walter White on the ground of a meth lab bleeding out from gunshot wounds. The camera pulled up as a smile of satisfaction came across Walter’s face while he lay motionless on the floor. A cop rushed over to check his pulse as the screen cut to black. Series over. The “Breaking Bad” ending suggests Walter White is dead, but writer-director Vince Gilligan never confirmed as much in his script. The ambiguity of the show’s final shot has led “Breaking Bad” fans to wonder over the last six years if Walter was alive or not, and now fans finally have a definitive answer.
Gilligan recently appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” via Esquire to promote the upcoming “Breaking Bad” movie “El Camino” and was asked whether or not Walter is alive or dead. Gilligan has been notoriously non-definitive when it comes to answering this question in the past. In a 2017 Reddit AMA, Gillian replied to a fan, “Sure looked that way to me!,” which was more of a suggestion than an outright confirmation. Fortunately, Gilligan was feeling definitive when speaking with Eisen.
“Yeah, I’m gonna give you that one, Rich, because I love you so much,” Gilligan said. “Yes, Walter White is dead. Yes.”
There you have it, “Breaking Bad” fans: Walter White is dead. But just because Walter is no longer alive in the “Breaking Bad” timeline doesn’t mean he won’t show up in “El Camino.” The “Breaking Bad” movie, which Gilligan wrote and directed, follows Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman in the aftermath of the series finale. The movie picks up right where the series finale left off, but it appears it will include flashback sequences that make a reappearance from the now-dead Walter a big possibility.
The flashback rumors were all but confirmed by Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad” and has reprised the character on prequel series “Better Call Saul.” Banks said on the Emmys red carpet last month that Mike would appear in “El Camino.” The character died in the final season, so a flashback in “El Camino” would only make sense.
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” debuts on Netflix this Friday, October 11.