Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad has been approached by the producers of a spinoff of the hit AMC show, to also be a member of the cast of Better Call Saul, where he would reprise the role of low-level meth dealer Jesse Pinkman in the prequel. Better Call Saul is expected to premiere in November.
Other than the main character in Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Jesse Pinkman is the most memorable one in the late hit series. Aaron Paul didn’t bring the word “bitch” to television, but he owned it while Breaking Bad had its highly successful five-season run on AMC.
Playing Jesse Pinkman was a breakthrough role for actor Aaron Paul, but it was one he played to such perfection that he seemed to have been born to portray the role of Pinkman, ex-student — and partner in manufacturing and distributing meth — of chemistry professor-turned drug kingpin, Walter White.
Aaron Paul excited to be working again with Vince Gilligan
Reportedly, Paul is excited to have the chance to once again work with the creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan. Aaron Paul, who is starring in the upcoming movie Need for Speed, has stated that he owes his “entire career” to Vince Gilligan.
Better Call Saul will focus on the less-than-ethical lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), who went from being a relatively minor star in Breaking Bad to becoming another of the series’ most memorable, and sardonically humorous, characters.
Vince Gilligan is reportedly trying to get other characters from Breaking Bad to sign on and reprise their roles, also. However, one character who won’t be back is Dean Norris, who played the DEA agent and Walter White’s brother-in-law, Hank Schrader.
While Norris has said that he thinks the new series will be “awesome,” he says that he doesn’t like to revisit “something that’s already been done.” Norris adds that he “can’t wait to see it.”
Because of the tremendous success of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan has had some difficulty getting other actors and actresses who were in it to sign up to be in the prequel, Better Call Saul.
The cast members have been getting lots of acting offers to appear in other projects, which some of the cast members have already signed to, so the very success of Breaking Bad has added to Vince Gilligan’s problems getting past cast members to be in Better Call Saul.
Better Call Saul will be an hour long, and it’s been described as being 25 percent drama and 75 percent comedy. The same sorts of story lines as were featured in Breaking Bad, involving drugs and other shady dealings, will be also featured in Better Call Saul. The character of Saul Goodman was often humorous in Breaking Bad, so that’s likely why the prequel will rely quite a bit on the dark humor that was one of Goodman’s trademarks.
It’s way too early to say if Better Call Saul will have the same sort of meteoric success as Breaking Bad had, but just having some of the most popular characters from Breaking Bad appear as regulars on the prequel will initially, at any rate, attract a huge audience for it. Then, it will be up the writers of Better Call Saul and the actors, like Bob Odenkirk and Aaron Paul, to continue pulling in Breaking Bad-like ratings.
Written by: Douglas Cobb