There is a reason the Guinness Book of World Records has stated that Breaking Bad is the highest-rated television show of all time. The show may have only lasted five seasons, but it is five of the best seasons of television out there. With outstanding and acclaimed acting from several sources and writing that keeps you on the edge of your seat, you need to be prepared to clear your schedule once you start watching. Bryan Cranston's transformation is as haunting as it is impressive. It is clear that the only thing that may be more addictive than the meth created on the show is the show itself.
What happens when you sit down and rip through a series is that you miss out on a lot of the little cool details that exist about the show. Do you know why Tuco’s storyline ended the way it did or what the writers considered the darkest thing Walt did (and almost didn't do)? Are you less interested in tracking down some tidbits about the show, especially because it’s been off the air for a little while? That’s totally cool if you are, because I am, and you better believe I have come across some of the coolest facts out there.
How about the fact that the blue meth has also appeared in The Walking Dead and Arrow? There's no shortage of little pieces of trivia about the series that help make it clear why it was one of the more engaging shows of all time. I assure you after you read this list, not only will you get some really cool background information, but you will also gain a deeper appreciation for the efforts of everyone involved with the show.
Here are 20 shocking things that you never knew about Breaking Bad, but I do warn you, there are spoilers ahead! So don’t go sending Heisenberg after me if you get pissed that something gets ruined in the series for you!
19 Tuco Asked To Be Killed
Wait, what? Someone actually wanted to leave the show? Hard to imagine when you consider the success, but Tuco’s run on the show would have been a lot longer if the executives could have had their way with it. Raymond Clark, the actor who played Tuco, was also working on another show, The Closer, at the time and allegedly stated that the character of Tuco was too physically and mentally demanding to keep up.
18 The Meth Has Appeared In Other Shows
17 Samuel L. Jackson Recorded Monologues
16 The Inspiration From Schindler’s List
15 Bryan Cranston Has A Breaking Bad Tattoo
14 Vince Gilligan Was Offered $75 Million For 3 Episodes
If you are the CEO of Dreamworks, you are able to have some pretty ridiculous offers. Jeffrey Katzenberg went up to Vince Gilligan and offered him and his team an additional $75 million, and all they had to do was film 3 more episodes! Katzenberg stated that if they had taken the offer, that it would have earned them more of a profit than the entire series up to that point.
Thankfully, they disagreed. Katzenberg also had the crazy idea of having the last 3 episodes be released over 30 days, in 6 minute increments. Katzenberg wanted "to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s ever done."
13 It's Called Blue Sky
12 SaveWalterWhite.com Is Real
11 There’s A Reason “Fly” Sucked
10 The Inspiration Came From A Japanese Film, Ikiru
9 There Are Different Versions Of The Show
8 RJ Mitte Actually Has Cerebral Palsy
7 There Is A Walter White Gravestone
After the series ended, fans were obviously feeling like there was a gap in their life. One way to get closure: why not attend a fake funeral for the departed Mr.White? A charity in Albuquerque attempted to raise funds for those suffering from drug addictions by hosting a fake funeral and allowing attendance for $20. Over 200 people allegedly went up to a cemetery for a real-life Walter White, and threw memorabilia into a vault, which was then buried. This act, while it may seem harmless, greatly upset the family members of those in surrounding graves and a petition was drawn up to try and stop the event. There was a eulogy that was given by Michael Flowers, who was one of the primary set directors on the show.
6 Breaking Bad Was A Common Phrase To Vince Gilligan
5 Aaron Paul Was Supposed To Last One Season
4 It Was Actually Rock Candy
Shockingly, they couldn't exactly use actual meth, so the creators had to come up with some kind of product to simulate the iconic blue look. It turns out the fake blue meth wasn't too bad to taste! Aaron Paul states:
"Whenever the blue meth is on set, I am constantly eating it... It’s cotton candy-flavored rock candy. They dye it a little bit, but I don’t care – I just eat through the dye."
There is little doubt that Bryan Cranston is an outstanding actor. If you had any hesitation before he got cast, you certainly shouldn’t after seeing what he did with the role. As happy as you are that Cranston got the role, you should be extra happy that Matthew Broderick and John Cusack didn’t! Both prominent actors were the executives' first choices to play Walter White. It was Cranston’s role on an X-Files episode, which Gilligan worked on, that helped earn Cranston the audition and, ultimately, the role of Walter White.
3 Bryan Cranston Was Taught How To Cook
If you watch the show, it is clear that cooking meth may not be an easy process. Not to mention that once you cook it, then you have to deal with actually selling and moving it. Thankfully, Cranston only got a lesson on how to cook the meth and not on how to become a drug lord.
In preparation for the show, Cranston met with the DEA and they taught him all the steps. When the steps are shown on the show, they are often put in the wrong order in order to not, y’know, teach viewers how to make meth. While there is no telling if this experience made Cranston a better actor, you better believe that it was a cool perk of getting to play the character.
2 Why Mike Was Created
1 Jane’s Death Was Almost Not Done
Vince Gilligan has been asked many questions about the show over the years, but one that he seems to always get asked is if there was anything on the show that they almost thought was too evil. While some ideas got thrown away, one that stuck was the idea of Walter watching Jane overdose and not attempt to help. It is easy to see why they had to mull it over; the scene is absolutely brutal to watch and really cements the transformation that Walt had undergone. Vince stated that there was also the idea of Walter giving her a 2nd hit, but it was deemed too heavy by the people at AMC and Sony.
Sources: Amc.com, Usatoday.com, Vanityfair.com, Businessinsider.com, Vulture.com, Hitfix.com, Cnn.com, Breakingbad.wikia.com
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