The Final Scene of Breaking Bad
“I want this”. That lines still gives me chills when I hear it. How about Walt and Jesse just causally reading the final scene on a couch together. No need for a fancy table read. Aaron Paul’s first reaction to the end is exactly the reaction every fan of Breaking Bad should have….”It’s perfect”. As perfect as a TV series I have ever watched.
How about Vince Gillian being a genius with the line “Like Satan’s windshield wiper”. Fucking AWESOME.
Come on now people in Cranston. Is this what we are calling news? The Case of the stolen chair! Get a lineup going, we are going to find this sick fuck! Twin Oaks, the victim in this stolen furniture case is threatening to release the identity of the robber if it is not returned today. That’s a bold move move by the legendary RI restaurant. Kind of reminds me the time that The Joker threatened to kill more indecent people if the Batman didn’t turn himself in, but before batman could do so The district attorney, Harvey Dent, turned himself in as the Batman knowing that the city needed Batman more than him…….ok maybe not like that at all, but I watched The Dark Knight yesterday.
Who steals a chair, honestly.
We meet/scare the shit out of Bryan Cranston in New York City and two months later he wins a Tony award. Coincidence? I highly doubt it, but when your best friend wins an award you celebrate him. That’s what best friends do. When I win an award for being the best left fielder in the Warwick, Rhode Island Mernick Division of men’s softball I expect him to be the first phone call I receive. But for now, I’ll let him have the spotlight. Best friends forever.
P.S. Legitimate best friends forever.
Godzilla just premiered last night, so I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but since Bryan Cranston is one of our best friends, I felt that I had to post this. One of the greatest running jokes on the internet is between the characters Harrison Ford plays and those characters families having something horrible happen to them. “Where is my family!?”. “Give me back my son!”. If you’ve seen a Harrison Ford movie, you’ve heard one or both of those lines. Well Bryan Cranston did his best Japanese speaking version of a Harrison Ford character in Godzilla, and it was amazing. Go see the movie, if only to protest the tragedy that was Godzilla 2000.
Godzilla vs. Bryan Cranston? That giant lizard better crawl back into the hole it came from. Heisenberg don’t play!
Source – The producers of “All the Way,” Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year as president, are banking on the star power provided by Bryan Cranston in the lead role, announcing a Broadway opening date in a theater usually occupied by big-budget musicals.
“All the Way” will begin previews Feb. 10 for a March 6 opening at the 1,400-seat Neil Simon Theater. The musical “Big Fish” closes there on Dec. 29; earlier tenants include “Hairspray,” “Catch Me If You Can” and the recent revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
After a start at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the play — with Mr. Cranston, the Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” star, joining the cast — ran at the American Repertory Theater in September. Bill Rauch, who directed the Oregon and A.R.T. stagings, will direct the Broadway production as well.
In announcing details of the opening on Tuesday, the producers also confirmed that Michael McKean and Brandon J. Dirden would continue with the production on Broadway as J. Edgar Hoover and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, respectively.
This is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s wonderful because Bryan Cranston is going to tear the house down as LBJ. His show at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge sold like hot cakes and his performance must’ve been outstanding or they wouldn’t have ordered Broadway shows. It’s heartbreaking because there is zero chance I get to see him. I jumped the gun for 2014. I’ve been spending money like some kind of animal. SXSW Film Festival in March. Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in April. Italy in May. I need to find some way of working this Broadway play into my schedule. If I miss Bryan Cranston as LBJ live I’ll never forgive myself.
If you’re as interested as I am, check out the official website for tickets here
The world officially said goodbye to Breaking Bad last night. Drama’s never seem to fully satisfy every viewer when they eventually bow out, but as someone who was totally caught up in the Breaking Bad experience, I must say I was very pleased with the way things ended. While the show’s supporting characters (Mike, Gus, Todd, Uncle Jack, Hank, Marie, etc) were superb, the heartbeat of the show always seemed to revolve around Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
Before I go into their on screen relationship, I think it’s safe to say that no one enjoyed playing characters on a television show more than Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. They loved their characters, and it showed. Vince Gilligan created complex villains, and Cranston and Paul brought them to life and made you care about what happened to them, regardless of the hideous things they had done. Calling their relationship rocky would be like calling the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. If Felix Unger and Oscar Madison were the original odd couple, then Jesse Pinkman and Walter White were the ultimate odd couple. A brilliant chemistry teacher and a high school dropout teaming up to cook meth? Let’s do it! In the beginning, they relied on each to survive. It was clear Walter cared about Jesse, in the bizarre way you care about a wounded dog. The dog has been hurt before, and if you show it the least bit of love, the least bit of attention, it will be obedient. Walter was always the mastermind, and as the seasons continued, his mental stranglehold over Jesse got more and more perverse (Oh, Gail.) I rooted for Walter and Jesse, up until he watched Jane die, then poisoned Brock. We can forgive our fictional anti-heroes, as long as we hold out hope they will someday redeem themselves. We justify the murder of meth cooks and drug dealers as a casualty of war, but once the barrier of innocence is broken, it’s tough to ever fix it. Walter White was ruining Jesse’s life, and we had a front row seat.
In the later seasons, it seemed Jesse might survive his personal hell with the help of a more loving and understanding sociopath, Mike Ehrmantraut. Walt decided to stop that, and in my opinion, was jealous of the relationship Mike and Jesse had. You might treat like your dog like shit, but it’s still YOUR dog. Walt had other reasons to kill Mike, but keeping Jesse wounded and vulnerable had to be at the top of the list. After the death of Mike, Jesse finally seemed to realize that Walter White was more poisonous than the Ricin he fed to Brock. We found out in season one that he had cancer, but as the end approached, we realized that Walter was the real cancer. Everything he touched, everyone he “loved”, was broken by the end. No one’s life was altered more by Mr. White than Jesse Pinkman. They were rarely on screen together for the final season, as Jesse spent most of his time throwing money out of his car window or imprisoned in an underground meth lab. Walter White watched his family fall apart, and in the end, so did he. When the dust cleared, Walter White was dead. Jesse Pinkman, when we last see him, is driving away, destination unknown. Physically, he’s very much alive. As a rabid fan of Breaking Bad, I know better. Jesse Pinkman died long ago. It was a sad conclusion to an incredible story. Like it could have ended any other way.
P.S. I’m not normally a fan of episodic recap articles, but if you love Breaking Bad, you need to read the series finale recap by Andy Greenwald of Grantland. Boom Baby.
It’s weird seeing the cast of Breaking Bad with smiles on their faces, but if there were ever a time to smile, it was last night. The show had been nominated three times before in the Best Drama category, but the Golden statue had always eluded Vince Gilligan and company. Last night, all that changed, and how surreal it was to watch Hank and Jesse and Mike and Walter hug it out for the whole world to see. Well deserved is an understatement, as the writing, directing and acting on this show has been superb for 5 years now. These past 8 episodes (the finale airing next Sunday) have been among the shows best, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the cast share the stage one last time at the Emmys next September.