Q: Were you fearful for Saul’s life this season?
A: All the time. Every time I picked up a script I felt certain it would happen — I was just looking for it.
Q: What was it like getting beaten up by Aaron Paul?
A: One of the most fun experiences I’ve had as an actor. I love pyrotechnics and fights; all the things that you can’t do in real life. I can’t believe I get to do this as a living! That was a great day; Aaron was just deeply in the moment and his character. His presence was so powerful that there were times that I had to remind myself not to be an audience to his excellence but to be involved myself. The scene where Walt threatens me in the beginning of Season 5, and the moment when both of them have me over an open grave in the desert; those are also great moments for me in this career.
Q: Saul has had to become more serious as the seasons have gone on. As a comedian, which do you prefer more serious moments or humorous ones?
A: Saul had more fun in the earlier seasons because he got to joke around more. Everything was a big laugh to him. He thought he could make a bunch of money with these people and it seemed to be true. Of course, it all went awry. People probably think I just want to play the jokey part, but that’s not true. As an actor, I love playing those moments of danger and fear. So I’ve had a couple of those scenes in every season. But when he realized that Walter White is a dangerous guy, that was a revelation for Saul. He thought he was getting into business with a level-headed guy.
Q: Everyone has their own favorite Saul line. What’s yours?
This week, Breaking Bad gets The Hollywood Reporter’s backing for the outstanding drama series Emmy, while Anna Gunn writes in The New York Times about the audience reaction to Skyler. Plus, Dean Norris takes a stab at spoiling Breaking Bad‘s ending. Read on for more:
• The Hollywood Reporter believes that Breaking Bad will and should win this year’s best drama Emmy — and that the situation’s the same for the “deserving” Aaron Paul in the drama supporting actor category. Anna Gunn should also win: “She earned it. It’s hers.”
• Anna Gunn pens an op-ed for The New York Times about “the vitriolic response” inspired by Skyler. IGN also defends Skyler, writing an essay on “why Skyler’s amazing,” while Slate points out that not everyone hates Skyler.
• In a Funny or Die video, Dean Norris presents his version of the end of Breaking Bad, courtesy of /film.
• Betsy Brandt tells Rolling Stone she shot both Breaking Bad and The Michael J. Fox Show at the same time for a few weeks “and it felt like I was cheating on everybody at Breaking Bad.”
Continue reading “THR Backs Breaking Bad for Best Drama Emmy; Anna Gunn Pens Op-Ed on Skyler for NY Times” »
This Sunday at 11/10c AMC airs an all-new episode of Talking Bad, the live after show for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad hosted by Chris Hardwick. Joining Hardwick this week will be Breaking Bad‘s Marie Schrader and Walter White, Jr. themselves — actors Betsy Brandt and RJ Mitte. They’ll be taking questions LIVE during the broadcast so log on to AMCTalkingBad.com now to submit your queries. After you watch Talking Bad on-air, come back to AMC.com the next day to watch an exclusive bonus segment of the show.
Q: Given that this is the last leg of the show, what did you do to say goodbye to Marie Schrader?
A: I stole something — the thing that Marie stole in the open house. I got that. And I also bought Dean this piece of art. We had a Breaking Bad art show back in L.A. It was great — all the proceeds went to the Alzheimer’s Association. This artist did these really amazing drawings of Walt and Jesse and Saul and Hank as toddlers. I bought it and had it framed. I called it Baby Hank, and I gave it to him our last day on set. We both cried and I thanked him for all of these years.
Q: Out of all the actors on the show, Dean seems like he might be the most similar to his character…
A: Hank Schrader is a really good guy — and so is Dean Norris. I told him one day — I think this was in Season 2 — “If I didn’t know how smart and good you are as a human, you would scare the s— out of me.” Which I think he took as a huge complement.
Q: What were the conversations like between you and the producers about your character going into this season?
A: I did have a scary moment in between seasons. I get this message on my cell phone from our executive producer being like “Hi, Betsy it’s Mark Johnson. Could you please call me?” And I was like, “They’re going to kill me.” I was freaking out. And then I called Mark, and he said, “My wife and I just wanted to see if you… wanted to get together for dinner.” And I said, “Don’t ever leave a message like that again!”
Q: What’s your favorite Hank and Marie scene?
A: The scene where he has to go in because he beat up Jesse. He says, “My career’s over.” Marie is so upset and she thinks it’s so unfair. I love how they love each other, and I love how they lean on each other. On this show it’s great because there’s so many dark, disheartening things. People talk about how it was so hard it was during his rehabilitation how he wasn’t really nice to Marie, but I thought that was really beautiful too, because he knew he could be like that with her and she would still love him.
Q: Who have you been pulling for in the epic showdown between Walt and Hank?
This week, Breaking Bad is described as one of TV’s top all-time dramas by The Hollywood Reporter, while Dean Norris is TVLine’s performer of the week. Plus, Betsy Brandt talks to TV Guide and New York about “Buried.” Read on for more:
• The Hollywood Reporter makes the case for why Breaking Bad is one of the top five dramas of all time and why “there’s a good argument for it landing in the top three.”
• Dean Norris is named TVLine’s performer of the week, citing his midseason performance: “If the intensity of Norris’ portrayal is a portent of things to come… Walt, watch your back.”
• Chatting with New York about Marie’s intense scene with Skyler in “Buried,” Betsy Brandt observes, “That family, that relationship, that ‘we’ll stand together’ sisterhood, is gone in that moment.” Brandt also talks to TV Guide about the episode.
Continue reading “THR Says Breaking Bad One of TV’s Top 5; TVLine Names Dean Norris Week’s Best Performer” »
This Sunday at 11/10c AMC airs an all-new episode of Talking Bad, the live after show for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad hosted by Chris Hardwick. Joining Hardwick this week will be Breaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman himself, Bob Odenkirk, as well as actor Samuel L. Jackson. They’ll be taking questions LIVE during the broadcast so log on to AMCTalkingBad.com now to submit your queries. After you watch Talking Bad on-air, come back to AMC.com the next day to watch an exclusive bonus segment of the show.
Q: How are you feeling now that Breaking Bad is down to its final episodes?
A: It’s kind of crazy because we’ve been together for the last few weeks. I still have the strange sensation that it’s not quite over, that we’ll see each other again in a few weeks. But it’s not really true. It’s pretty bittersweet.
Q: What are some things that you did to commemorate your time on Breaking Bad?
A: On everybody’s last day of filming, the producers printed out a big poster and had the cast and crew sign it. Everybody had a good cry, and we had a really nice wrap party in New Mexico where all the cast gave speeches. My particular day, Aaron (Paul) was filming something on another set, but he came by and Aaron and Vince and Bryan and I shared a group hug.
Q: Skyler’s come a long way since Season 1. Have you ever had a period in your life where you traveled a little further away from your morals than you wanted?
A: I can’t say I have. That’s what’s great about these characters. They take you to such an odd and interesting place. The whole concept is such an impossible thing to imagine, but there are parallels to everyday life. I’ve never ever been close to having that kind of situation. I can just put my imagination there.
Q: There’s been a lot of talk about how your character hasn’t gotten enough respect — particularly early on in the show’s run. Do you feel like she’s finally getting her due?
This Sunday at 11/10c AMC airs an all-new episode of Talking Bad, the live after show for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad hosted by Chris Hardwick. Joining Hardwick for this week will be Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman and Skyler White themselves — actors Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn. They’ll be taking questions LIVE during the broadcast so log on to AMCTalkingBad.com now to submit your queries. After you watch Talking Bad on-air, come back to AMC.com the next day to watch an exclusive bonus segment of the after show.
This week, TV Guide, New York and The Daily Beast discuss the most recent episode with Vince Gilligan and Dean Norris, while Anna Gunn breaks down Skyler with The Hollywood Reporter. Plus, Aaron Paul reveals all in a Reddit AMA. Read on for more:
• Vince Gilligan and Dean Norris discuss Season 5 Episode 9 with TV Guide, with Gilligan noting, “Hank is in a real tough spot. It’s a horrible, profound betrayal by someone who he loves very much. It’s also embarrassing [for] a sworn officer of the law.”
• Talking to New York, Vince Gilligan explains Hank and Walt’s confrontation as “What better than Walt being on to Hank, who is on to Walt?”
• The Daily Beast interviews Vince Gilligan, who applauds Dean Norris’s performance in the premiere’s final scene: “He played that scene so beautifully. I think it’s one of the finest scenes he’s ever played for us.”
• Dean Norris is TVLine‘s Performer of the Week: “If the intensity of Norris’ portrayal is a portent of things to come,” says the site, “Walt, watch your back.”
Monday AMC.com posted an exclusive 15-minute bonus video from Sunday’s premiere of Talking Bad, the all-new after-show for Breaking Bad. Check out photos from the episode, including shots of host Chris Hardwick, creator/executive-producer Vince Gilligan and actress Julie Bowen.