Jesse Pinkman is back.
On Oct. 11, Netflix will premiere the new “Breaking Bad” spinoff film “El Camino”, and star Aaron Paul and director Vince Gilligan are finally discussing the project on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter.
“I didn’t really tell anybody about it because I wasn’t sure I would ever do anything with it,” Gilligan recalls about coming up with the idea for the movie. “But I started thinking to myself, ‘What happened to Jesse?’ You see him driving away. And to my mind, he went off to a happy ending. But as the years progressed, I thought, What did that ending — let’s just call it an ending, neither happy, nor sad — what did it look like?”
Meanwhile, Paul says that despite feeling good about leaving “Breaking Bad” behind, he didn’t hesitate to take on the new spinoff.
“I really loved Jesse. I knew him better than anyone but it was a big weight off of my shoulders to hang up the cleats and walk away. I thought it was goodbye, and I was OK with that,” he says. “But it’s Vince [Gilligan] we’re talking about. I would follow Vince into a fire. That’s how much I trust the man. I would do anything that he asked me to.”
The actor also reflects on lessons he took from Bryan Cranston on the set of “Breaking Bad”.
“The first couple years [of ‘Breaking Bad’] were really torturous for me,” Paul says. “I just didn’t want to mess it up, and so I stayed in that guy’s skin, but I learned from Bryan it’s OK to shake it off and wash up at the end of the night and just have time for yourself.”
As for what it was like bringing his beloved character back to life, Paul says, “It was so easy for me to just jump into where Jesse’s at mentally, emotionally, because I lived and breathed everything he went through and then some, and so, honestly, it felt like a part of me had gone through that as well.”