Aaron Paul Reddit AMA: 'Breaking Bad' Star Gives Behind The Scenes Look At Jesse Pinkman And Season 5 Part 2 Finale [NSFW]
‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul Answered Reddit Users Questions For Several Hours And Even Called A Fan
"Breaking Bad" Season 5 Part spoilers came out during Aaron Paul's (Jesse Pinkman) Reddit AMA. Aaron Paul answered questions and interacted with fans for several hours talking about "Breaking Bad" HERE. Aaron Paul also spoke about his work in a girl-girl bullying awareness campaign and even called some of the fans who thanked him. We have selected some of the most interesting questions and answers between Aaron Paul and "Breaking Bad fans". (Warning: Aaron Paul Reddit AMA is understandably peppered with frequent use of profanity and adult topics, hence the NSFW warning.)
Many Reddit users asked questions about "Breaking Bad" season 5 part 2, particularly how the finale would end. Here's exactly how the Reddit AMA featuring Aaron Paul developed with all of the questions coming from Reddit users:
Q: Are you satisfied with the ending of the Breaking Bad? Do you think the fans will be?
Aaron Paul: I gotta be honest. I never wanted Breaking Bad to end, simply because I'm a huge fan of the show and I didn't want to be unemployed. But after reading the final 8 episodes and understanding where the writers are going with it. I'm so happy they ended it the way they did and I think all of you will be happy as well. It's a dark, crazy ride to the final episode but it is a fun one. Yeah, b****.
Q: What was it like those few days after you were wrapped [shooting the final episode]?
Aaron Paul: Awful. It was terrible. I went straight from set to the airport where a small little chartered plane was waiting for me, to take me to another job. I landed around 1 in the morning and I stood outside in the pouring rain for two hours, waiting for someone to pick me up, thinking about how the show was over. It was definitely kind of comedic but it definitely fit the mood I was in. It was good that I was able to jump into another job right away so I didn't have to completely mourn 24/7.
I think I first became really emotionally invested in Jessie when he took the rap for his bros joint, and then stamped it out. Was there a moment for you when you first realized that Jessie was going to be really important to the fans of the show, and that people were going to start rooting for him?
I agree with you on that moment. That was really a moment where yet another layer was revealed to the audience. The deeper side of Jesse Pinkman. But to me what really changed was when I read the episode of "Peekabo" in Season 2 where Jesse encounters the little boy in the meth house. That episode showed the true heart of the character.
Q: Out of everything that's been aired so far, what was your favorite scene? And what was the most important for the character of Jesse do you think? What do you hope to move on to with breaking bad finished?
Aaron Paul:I have so many favorites, but the first thing that comes to mind right now is the infamous dinner scene with Mr. and Mrs. White. I think the glass of water became Jesse's security blanket it in a way and I love that about that scene. But there's been so many fun scenes to shoot. So anytime I as Jesse Pinkman can release my pent up anger told Walt is always a good time. So the time that Jesse shows up to Walt's house and thinks that he found on that he poisoned Brock, and he puts a gun to his head. That was a lot of fun.
Aaron Paul was also asked more general questions about the show, when asked what his favorite line was he responded, "Roll me further, b****!". Some of the more interesting questions focused on Aaron Paul's acting and how his career has developed over the course of the show. Reddit users learned that Aaron Paul spent time with actual meth users to get an accurate portrayal for his character. Paul also said that he considered Byran Cranston a great figure and influence on his acting.
Q: Has playing Jesse affected you psychologically in any way? Insomnia, depression, bad mood? Have you ever caught yourself wandering inside Jesse's mind? How different is Aaron Paul now than before playing Jesse in Breaking Bad?
Aaron Paul: That's a really good question. I actually have found myself while shooting Breaking Bad, thinking as Jesse. While playing this character I have tried to really get inside his head. And as any Breaking Bad fan knows, it can be difficult to live and breathe as Jesse. But I have enjoyed living and growing through his struggles. And all I want to do is protect him. Did I answer that correctly?
Q: As a chronic former meth user, I relate to the show in a somewhat different way. Did you actually hang around any meth users to prepare for your role as Jesse? Some of the acting was spot on.
Aaron Paul: First of all, good for you for stopping. Secondly, yes I spent a lot of time with former addicts and people that were using at that moment. I wanted to try and bring as much honesty to this character as I could and I saw a darker side to people that I've never witnessed before. Meth is a terrible drug, as you know, and has the ability to grab a hold of you tightly. So seriously, good for you.
Q: How has Bryan Cranston made you a better actor and person?
Aaron Paul: Wow. Just going to set and working off him every single day was a constant learning experience. I wouldn't be the actor I am today without him. I've learned that its ok to be professional and very immature at the same time because that describes Bryan perfectly.
Q: Jesse was originally supposed to be killed off in season 1 of Breaking bad, if that had happened what do you think you would be doing right now with your career?
Aaron Paul: My career would be over. And I would be a sobbing mess watching week to week on Breaking Bad.
Q: What was the most emotionally difficult scene in breaking bad for you?
Aaron Paul: Well b***, let me see. I honestly think the hardest scene for me to do was when Jesse woke up and found Jane lying next to him dead. Looking at Jane through Jesse's eyes that day was very hard and emotional for all of us. When that day was over, I couldn't be happier that it was over because I really, truly felt I was living those tortured moments with Jesse. So yeah b***, that's the one.
Q: What's the biggest similarity between you and Jesse Pinkman?
Aaron Paul: We both love kids. We have a huge soft spot for the young ones and we don't want them to be raised by meth heads... We want to protect them.
Where do you want to go with your acting career at this point? Any specific actors/directors/powers that be that you want to work with?
Aaron Paul: ...um I don't know. I just want to continue to do stuff I'm excited about. It's so hard after being spoiled by the Breaking Bad scripts to read anything else. But whoever will have me really. So do any of you have a job for me?
Q: Nerdy actor question, but what kind of training do you have? I'm always really impressed by your moment to moment work.
Aaron Paul: Thank you so much! The only training I have is really trial and error. I never went to any sort of class. When I came out to LA I was 17 years old and I sat in on two different classes. What I saw during those classes was them doing these strange acting exercises which I didn't understand. I always just thought "hey, pretend like you're being someone else and that's all there is to it." I wasn't a fan of those classes so if I go into an audition and fail miserably, I just think to myself "well, let's not do that again" and "do better." So that's really it. I just force myself to truly believe that I am living the situation through the character.
Aaron Paul also explained a interesting incident during the early seasons of "Breaking Bad" when Tuco was still alive and Aaron Paul got a concussion while shooting, "Yeah Raymond Cruz who played Tuco gave me a concussion during the episode Grilled where Tuco takes Walt and Jesse to his shack in the middle of nowhere where we meet the famous Uncle 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 the other time. 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 our 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!"
Other questions by Reddit users during the Aaron Paul AMA had to do with more humorous going ons during the shooting of "Breaking Bad" and in his personal life. Some asked him how often his lines were referred to in his day to day life. Aaron Paul responded, " Yes, I get called "b***" on a daily basis and yes I do think I'll get called "b***" on a daily basis for years to come. But to be honest, I don't really mind because I like being called "b***." When asked if it was possible for him to cook meth in real life after doing the show for so long, he replied, Absolutely not! I'd kill us all and blow us all up." When it came to the funniest prank ever pulled on the set, he answered, "Oh wow, the list is really endless to be honest. Bryan Cranston squirted me with a d****-sbhaped (sic) squirt gun in a scene before and that made in laugh a lot." An interesting question to Aaron Paul was what other shows he would like the opportunity to act on, he answered "anything other than breaking bad...I would say Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or Game of Thrones, or House of Cards. They are so bada** and addicting."
Other Reddit AMA questions had to do with Aaron Paul's personal life:
Q: What was going through your mind during this fashion show?
Aaron Paul: Hahahaha! Honestly, I have no idea. The funny thing is that I was actually really enjoying my time but these pictures say the opposite. But maybe I was a bit confused by everything that was going on in front of me.
Reddit users posted their own humorous variations of the image:
Q: AP, why did you get kicked out of that Radiohead concert? Did you dance too hard? Was Thom jeal of your moves?
Aaron Paul: HA! I love you for asking that. They tried to kick me out because I was standing up and dancing and at the O2 Arena if you're in the stands you have to be seated. The very next day I went to the concert and convinced everyone in my row and the row in front of us to stand and dance during a song and it created a wave like affect. Everyone was dancing and they couldn't stop us all. So f*** you O2 Arena!
Q: What is your favorite show on TV right now that isn't Breaking Bad?
Aaron Paul: Right now I'm reliving the Wonder Years from the beginning with my wife and it's so much better in this day and age. It absolutely lives up to what it was back then. So if you haven't seen it, get on Netflix and watch it now... b***.
Edit: Also there's my girlfriend on American Horror Story... Jessica Lange and I make eyes through the screen.
Q: Hey love. My Question is, if you could be any character from the Star Wars universe, who would it be and why?
Aaron Paul: Hey love, it's between R2D2 and Chewbacca. Leaning towards Chewbacca... just because I think it would be fun to be that furry and soft.
In a touching moment that demonstrated how down to earth he is with his fans, Aaron Paul talked about the Kind Campaign and even gave a well-wisher a phone call.
Yo, please just thank your wife for the Kind Campaign. About time someone did something about girl on girl bullying because it's always so overlooked. I'm a massive fan of you two as human beings.
Aaron Paul: Wow that's so nice of you to say. What's your number? Let me call you and thank you personally.
Also please send it in a private message!
Q: Aaron, I often hear about help for those who've been bullied, but rarely hear about help for the bullies themselves. As bullying is often a symptom of one's own personal strife, are you doing anything to educate and help those who are known bullies to prevent further bullying and gain insight into their issues?
Aaron Paul: That's an amazing question and very personal to me. My wife speaks at schools throughout the year constantly, speaking to the bullies and the kids who have been bullied, about spreading kindness. The thing that people don't realize is that a lot of the time bullies are the ones that are hurting the most. And during every assembly that my wife does, every single time, the bully at the school will stand up in front of their peers and apologize to everyone. It's an incredible thing to witness. Bullies need love too and that's why their bullies. Go to kindcampaign.com to find out more information.
Aaron Paul ended the Reddit AMA several hours later posting:
Second edit: Hey everyone, thank you so much for taking the time to send in your great questions. It's been a pleasure spending these moments with you. I love you all and I can't wait for you to see how the writers of Breaking Bad decide to wrap it all up. Yeah b***. Yeah, science! Yeah, Q*Bert! Talk to you soon and stay Kind everybody.
Third edit: I just spoke to one of you guys on the phone and it was awesome. So if you submit your best reason why I should call you (or prank call one of your friends) and I'll pick my top 3 favorites. Go, b***!
The Reddit AMA really demonstrated Aaron Paul's connection with his fans. Hopefully we will see him on other tv shows soon and perhaps even movies.
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