Breaking Bad Stars im Interview

      Breaking Bad Stars im Interview

      Im AMC Blog ist seit ein paar Tagen ein Eintrag mit einem Interview von Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) zu lesen. Der ein oder andere wird es möglicherweise überlesen oder gar nicht wahrgenommen haben. Daher jetzt nochmal hier im Forum. Für Rückfragen (auch sprachlichem Ursprungs) steht dieses Thema zur Verfügung.

      Interview mit Aaron Paul wrote:

      Q: What's it like playing a character who constantly seems like he's on the verge of a mental breakdown?

      A: Thankfully I've never had to feel a lot of these emotions personally. Some days I definitely take it home with me a little bit, but if I lived and breathed Jesse 24/7 I think it would just be too much for me to handle. Although it is a lot of fun to zip on this skin that used to be completely foreign to me; now I have such a deep connection to Jesse Pinkman. I feel like he is in some ways a part of me.

      Q: You checked yourself into an actual rehab to get in character for Season 3. Did you go to any similar measures to prepare for the intensity of Season 4?

      A: I did look online for people on trial to see where they were at emotionally and try to get a glimmer of where Jesse would be at, but it was almost impossible to prepare for where his head is in the beginning of Season 4. He just murdered someone.

      Q: Jesse started off the series wearing baggy jeans and hoodie sweatshirts, but as the story has gotten more intense so has his wardrobe. Which outfits do you prefer?

      A: Oh man! I miss Jesse's old style. It was so funny to go into the trailer and put on those ginormous pants. It felt like I was fully putting on costume for a character. But I do feel a little more comfortable in [Season 4's] clothing.

      Q: Did you keep any of the old outfit as a memento?

      A: I didn't, but I'm definitely going to grab something at the end of this series. When we crushed the RV, it felt like losing a character on the show. I dug through the rubble and grabbed the key ignition -- this very small, metal piece you stick the key into in the RV -- so I have that.

      Q: Tell me a little bit about filming the party scene. How did it compare to the longest party you've ever been to?

      A: I think I've maybe walked into a couple house parties where it seemed like that, and I'm like "You know what? These people are out of their minds and I need to get as far away from this place as possible." Jesse, Skinny Pete and Badger go through their phases as full-blown meth heads, so their idea of partying and having a good time is much different than mine. I mean, I like to dance around and have a good time, but it's a little different with Jesse.

      Q: One of the first things Jesse purchases for his house is that huge sound system. What would be your first purchase?

      A: When I went to Albuquerque to shoot the first season, I found my place online. As I'm pulling up, I realize it's right next to a cemetery. So the first thing I have is a computer and some speakers so I can plug it in and listen to music. But when I walk back out, I notice that there is a funeral right on the other side of the fence and my music is blasting. So I run back inside and completely turn off my music. I only actually ended up staying there for a couple of weeks. So getting hooked up with music first thing is definitely key, but when you have to consider the volume of your music, it's never a good thing.

      Q: If you had to drive one car for the rest of your life, would you choose Jesse's Season 1 Monte Carlo, the RV, Walt's Aztec or Jesse's Tercel?

      A: That's a hard question to answer! Not the RV, because that thing is horrible to drive. It's just so big and you're all over the place on the freeway with wind. I think I'd have to choose the Tercel -- there's something special about it and it will run forever.

Q: What if you had to be cast as one of Breaking Bad's villains. Who would you want to play? 

      A: I don't know if I relate to him at all, but I think it would be Gus. Although I'd be terrified to be cast in that role because of what he's done, I think it'd be a lot of fun to play Gus.

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      Anna Gunn / Skyler White

      Nach dem Interview mit Aaron Paul ist nun auch ein Interview mit der Darstellerin des Charakters "Skyler White" (Anna Gunn) veröffentlich worden. Für Rückfragen (auch sprachlichem Ursprungs) steht dieses Thema zur Verfügung.

      Interview mit Anna Gunn wrote:

      Actress Anna Gunn plays Skyler White on Breaking Bad. In an exclusive interview with, she talks about how she learned to deal cards for Season 4, which cast member she'd love to have more scenes with, and why she hasn't let her kids watch her on the show.
      Q: The show is really generating some buzz this year.

      A: We had the premiere a couple weeks ago, and when we got dropped off at the loading dock outside the Mann Chinese Theater the fan base was so much bigger and greater than for any year before.

      Q: Tell me a little bit about the scene from Episode 4 where Walt and Skyler are rehearsing the story they're going to tell to Hank and Marie. You showed some dexterity with a deck of cards. Do you have a history as a casino shark?

      A: I'm not a gambler, let's just say that, nor have I ever been a dealer at a casino. They brought in a women from one of the casinos in Albuquerque to show me the ropes. When she first showed me how she dealt, I was thinking my hands do not work that fast! There were a few tweaks we had to make in terms of what came up in the cards, and the dealer had to set the cards for me so I would come out with a certain hand each time. And then of course everyone on set wanted to go gambling with me. When I told them that I wouldn't know what I was doing, they were like, that's precisely why we want to gamble with you.

      Q: Skyler's recently had some memorable moments with Saul Goodman. What other character that you don't normally interact with would you like to have a scene with?

      A: It's funny: Aaron and I have only had, I think, one scene together in the show so far, back in the innocent days of Season 1 when Skyler thought he was selling pot to Walt. She's still totally unaware of who Jesse has become to Walt.

      Q: Skyler is slowly becoming the willing wife of a criminal this season. Did you have any idea that this is where your character would end up?

      A: Vince told me early on that he had this idea of her as kind of a Carmela Soprano; he had a plan for Skyler eventually being involved in some way in the crime. For me that sold it, even though I had no idea how that was going to come about or when or what it would look like.

      Q: There's that great scene in Episode 3 this season where you feed a fake inspector lines of legal jargon about proper waste water disposal at the car wash. Did you understand what you were saying?

      A: It was scripted for sure. The writers are so brilliant -- they do all this research impeccably. It's like when you're playing a doctor or lawyer: you have to sound very at ease with all that jargon. It becomes a lot about just drilling those lines until they're second nature. When I was feeding the guy all that stuff, I had books all over the car that props had put the lines into, so I could read the right lines.

      Q: Who is the baby actress that plays Holly? Is there more than one?

      A: Yes, oh my god, we have tons of babies! Babies can only work for very short periods of time on the set, so on any given day we might have two to three to four babies depending on the length of the scene and how much time it might take to shoot. And they're all so cute and lovely. I'm always kind of amazed at them.

      Q: Have you ever watched any episodes with your children?

      A: Oh my gosh no! They're four and ten-years-old, so they're not quite ready for that. And of course the ten-year-old is asking me why she can't watch it. She does get to come when we're filming some scenes here and there that are OK for her to watch. But I don't really know how to explain heads on tortoises to her yet.

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      Vince Gilligan

      Nach den beiden Darsteller-Interviews, ist nun auch ein Interview mit dem Schöpfer der Serie veröffentlicht worden. Für Rückfragen (auch sprachlichem Ursprungs) steht dieses Thema zur Verfügung.

      Interview mit Vince Gilligan - Part I wrote: offered viewers the opportunity to submit questions for Breaking Bad series creator Vince Gilligan . In Part 1 of his responses, he talks about inspirations for Breaking Bad, the secret to good casting, and why he's still waiting to read everything that's been written about the show.

      Q: Do you and the Breaking Bad writing staff intentionally seek inspiration from other great crime films, or does it just evolve as scripts are written? -- Alec

      A: My writers and I are inspired constantly by great movies and TV shows. Not just crime movies, but westerns. We take a lot of inspiration from the "spaghetti westerns" of Sergio Leone. Once Upon a Time in the West is a particular favorite, and the first fifteen minutes of that movie is something that I have potential directors of the show watch before they start directing for us. Also, The Godfather, Parts I and II. I was thinking of The French Connection when I directed the pilot. I was emulating the look of it, or perhaps a better word is stealing from it. I love the visual sense of that movie. Film noir is a big influence: the classic noirs -- I could watch The Maltese Falcon once a month, probably -- as well as the Coen brothers contemporary ones as well.

      Q: How do you feel about all of the attention the show is getting from critics and fans, and all of the speculation on the storyline found on numerous Internet sites? -- TrueNorth

      A: I just think it's absolutely wonderful that so many smart people like the show and are watching it and combing through it for the most minute details. I never believed the show would even go on the air in the first place! So the fact that we're now four years in and they're still paying this close attention to it, just astounds me. I think it's great sport to wonder about future twists and turns of one's favorite show, and I'm glad they're doing that for Breaking Bad.

      I have to confess that I never look up Breaking Bad on the internet, nor myself. It's not that I don't care what people have to say, it's just that I'm very neurotic. I fear that anything bad -- or good, for that matter -- that I would read on the show would send me down a rabbit hole of questioning. But the way that works the best for me is to try and have as quiet a writing room as possible and get a story that pleases me and that pleases my writers. Because the seven of us -- my six writers and myself -- are really the first viewers of the show. If we can make ourselves happy, because we're a pretty hard to please bunch, than I feel that keeps us in good stead. Although I do keep all this stuff: I keep reams of reviews and blog entries and printouts to enjoy someday when the show is long off the air.

      Q: The creativity and imagination on this show is mind-boggling. Does your creativity come from anyone in particular (family, teachers, etc.)? -- William C

      A: My mom was a great inspiration. In fact, you'll glimpse her in the last episode of the season -- she plays Becky Simmons, Walt's next door neighbor. My mom is a very creative lady who's interested in a great many things. I remember fun stuff my brother and I would do as a kid with my mom during summer vacations. She would have very creative interesting little field trips she would take us on in the neighborhood. We'd find deer tracks and she'd bring a little gallon jug of water and a little box of Plaster of Paris, and we'd make little casts of deer tracks and stuff like that.

      Later I had a wonderful art teacher in elementary school named Jackie Wall who really inspired me to make movies because she lent me her super 8 camera during summer vacations when I was 10 or 11 years old. I would make these science fiction movies -- this was the era of Star Wars, when it first came out. I was trying to make my own Star Wars movies in the basement of my house, starring my little brother Patrick.

      Q: It seems that each character has the perfect actor assigned to portray them. What is the secret to matching an actor to a character, and what do you look for during a screen test? -- Jeff K

      A: The first secret to great casting is to have great casting directors, and I have two of them in Los Angeles: Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas. They brought me Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris and RJ Mitte. They helped me to get Bryan Cranston involved -- he was actually someone I was thinking of before I first hired him -- and they are also responsible for Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks being on the show. These ladies have excellent taste in casting, and it's a real skill and a talent. We also have a casting director in Albuquerque, Kira Arai, who casts typically the smaller parts in each episode, and she is equally adept at her job.

      Secondly, once you cast your actors for any given role, at that point it helps to get to know the actors and write to their strengths. I think a good example of that is me getting to know Dean Norris. We cast Dean as Hank Schrader in the pilot episode, and to my mind when I was doing the pilot, Hank was never going to be that important a character. He was going to be something of a foil for Walter. But as the shooting progressed and I got to know Dean Norris, I realized that this is a very interesting guy with a lot of emotional layers to him. He has so much more substance than I ever pictured Hank having, and so a lot of his substance rubbed off on Hank and changed the way I perceived the character. And therefore Hank is a much more rich and rounded character than he otherwise might have been. I give credit to the actor for that.

      lebt und wächst durch Beiträge, Hinweise und Artikel. Mach mit im Forum & empfiehl uns weiter.
      schön zu lesen :D vor allem das seine Mutter die Nachberin spielt.
      Leider viel zu kurz das Interview.
      Auch von hier aus dem Internet wo Leute über diese Serie schreiben und Theorien aufstellen Mr. Gilligan, was du dir eh nie ansiehst: RESPEKT an die CASTING CREW , weiter so in S05 !!!

      Tante EDIT: Part 2 soll wohl morgen kommen :D

      Vince Gilligan

      Und hier ist auch schon Part II :D

      Interview mit Vince Gilligan - Part II
      Breaking Bad Series Creator Vince Gilligan Answers Viewer Questions, Part II

      In Part 2 of a three-part interview with Breaking Bad series creator Vince Gilligan based on fan questions, Vince talks about Tio's taste in movies, how the producers find locations in Albuquerque, and the mindset of a showrunner.

      Q: Since nothing ever seems to be wasted on your exceptional show, is there significance in the fact that Tio is watching "Bridge On the River Kwai" when Gustavo visits? -- Sandra

      A: [Laughs] That's a good question. One potential answer may be that Bridge on the River Kwai is owned by the Sony Corporation and therefore we were able to use a clip of it for free. I also love Bridge on the River Kwai and any chance we get to show a few clips of a movie that good, I'll take it. Although the danger in showing a clip of a movie that good is that it reminds the viewer that they are not watching Bridge on the River Kwai. Then again I don't know if Tio can operate the remote control, so maybe it's catch as catch can. Hard to say.

      Q: How do you choose locations for the show? Do you drive around looking for places? Have you ever written a scene because you found a cool location? -- Lisa Shock.

      A: We have a location manager named Christian Diaz de Bedoya whose job it is to find the locations in and around Albuquerque. It's definitely a full-time job and he and his staff work very hard to find these locations. At the beginning of the season they also go out and photograph places that they think are visually interesting. Typically we'll have a meeting at the beginning in which they show us these photographs, and discuss them. Very often we'll get inspired by these possibilities location-wise and we will indeed write to certain places that they find for us.

      Q: You incorporate a number of different directors over the course of a season and indeed throughout the series. Is the choice of director for each episode done arbitrarily or deliberately? -- wavy

      A: In a perfect world we would be able to match the particular strengths of the director to a particular episode that would benefit from the application of those strengths. However in practice that's not typically the case: we have to book the directors months before we have the individual episodes written or even mapped out. It's a bit of a crapshoot. Sometimes we're teaming a director who is perhaps strongest working with actors for instance or with an episode that's very visually intense and less actor-intense, or vice verse. Having said that, I think we have the best directors in all of television and they're all four or five-tool players.

      I directed episodes 412 and 413 and we did something called block shooting so that I could direct both of them at one time. The reason I did the last two instead of a couple episodes in the middle or the beginning is because I'm busy in the writer's room for the bulk of the season, and the only chance I would ever have to direct one once the season gets going is the last episode, when all the writing is done. I did the last episode of Season 3 for the same reason.

      Q: As a fellow resident of Chesterfield, I have to say I couldn't be more proud of what you've accomplished, and don't think your references in the show to Virginia have gone unnoticed! I wanted to ask you how much do you contribute to the story of Breaking Bad? -- William Carino

      A: Well I run the writers room, which I liken to being on a sequestered jury that never ends, because what it entails is a bunch of people sitting around and arguing constantly. We basically sit around this table and ask our selves the same few questions day in and day out. Where is Walt's head at? What is he afraid of right now? What does Jesse want? In finding the answers to these questions we create the plots for each episode, and I'm always there in the room. Only at the point when each individual episode is completely figured out does an individual writer go off and write it into script format. Primarily they're creating the dialogue that you hear. Once they have created a finished script, they give it to me and I read it and I give them notes.

      I have very good writers who are very adept at finding the voices of characters, and with every season that we shoot I typically have fewer and fewer notes for each individual writer. Anyone who is a showrunner on a TV show is a control freak to a certain extent, but the truth is you have to allow other people into your creative process, you'd be a fool not to. One big thing that needs to feel continuous from episode to episode are the voices of the characters. Saul has to sound like Saul, Skyler has to sound like Skyler. And that's the big thing on my part, giving some guidance to the writers to make sure our characters sound like our characters.

      Come back tomorrow for the final installment of this interview with Vince Gilligan.

      Vince Gilligan

      und der Part III ist jetzt auch da :D

      Interview mit Vince Gilligan - Part III
      Breaking Bad Series Creator Vince Gilligan Answers Viewer Questions, Part III

      In Part 3 of an three-part interview with Breaking Bad series creator Vince Gilligan based on fan questions, Vince talks about why Jesse wasn't killed off in Season 1, whether or not he knows how the series will end, and why the time is right to end the show.

      Q: Originally Jesse was supposed to be killed off in Season 1, but thankfully, he wasn't. If he had, what trajectory did you have planned for the show? -- Sickofsickness

      A: Well, thankfully I never really got that far. I feel crazy saying this now, but I initially liked the idea of killing off Jesse so that Mr. White would feel very guilty and feel very pained at what he had caused to happen. I figured that that guilt and that pain would lead to some sort of drama, but honestly, I didn't get much farther than that. I suppose probably what would have happened is that Jesse would have departed the scene and Walt would have felt the need to partner up with someone else. But my thoughts on this matter were a bit vague, and luckily we did away with the idea very quickly once we cast Aaron Paul. He's such a wonderful young actor that as soon as we saw him on the set, playing against Bryan Cranston and holding his own with an actor that good, I came to realize at that point that it was truly a dumb idea to kill off this great character.

      Q: Did you have an end in mind for Breaking Bad from the point you started writing it? -- ahmedjoey10

      A: I'd love to say that I've had the ending for Breaking Bad figured out for years now, but if I'm being honest, the answer is no. The best I can say is that I have hopes and dreams for the characters and desires as to where I want to see them at the end of it all. But as to how we get to those, I'm not quite sure. It may turn out that when my writers and I sit down to plot the last 16 episodes, we won't not find a way to get everybody to the place that I want them to be at. I'm a bit nervous at the prospect of the last 16 episodes, but then again I'm nervous at the beginning of any big season and its incumbent upon us to end this series as we started it: as well as we can. The best way to achieve that is try to avoid preconceptions wherever possible and to tell the story the same way we've been telling it all along.

      Q: Do the writers do any kind of team building events? -- Aquaboy1976

      A: I think sitting at a room day in and day out is a team building exercise in and of itself. Luckily we all enjoy each other's company -- if we didn't, these long days sitting across a table staring at one another would be quite a chore! We keep the writers room stocked with a certain amount of jigsaw puzzles and Rubik's cubes and art supplies and modeling clay and stuff for people to mess with with their hands while they're thinking. It looks a bit like a kindergarten classroom. But it's good for people to have their hands occupied while they think. We used to go out to lunch everyday, but I came to realize that with these long hours, people preferred to have a little down time. Sometimes the opposite of team building is required: alone time. I keep meaning to take everyone to the shooting range near our office in Burbank so we could pop off a few rounds, and maybe I could call it a team building exercise and write it off as a business expense.

      Q: I would really love to know if Breaking Bad is the story you "had to tell to the world," or did you find that it was simply a good idea that only took on such significance later on as a collaborative project? -- alexcjm

      A: I don't think that in the early days of Breaking Bad that I particularly thought that it would wind up being as deep and rich a story as it has. I didn't hold out much hope that it would even get on the air for one thing. I first was very intrigued by this main character who became Walter White, this law-abiding citizen who would suddenly decide to break the law. I don't know if that character spoke to me, but he definitely interested me. Now the show has become much more meaningful to my life than I ever thought it would. I can say in hindsight it was story I am grateful for, because it feels to me now like it is a story that needed telling. And I feel fortunate that I was the one to get to tell it.

      Q: Why are you ending Breaking Bad? -- Ami Colon-Treyger

      A: I want to start by saying that I don't want Breaking Bad to end. This is the best, most satisfying job I've ever had and I'm sad to say that that will probably remain the case -- this is probably the highlight of my career creatively. Therefore I don't want it to end, but I feel that it has to. Breaking Bad was designed from the beginning as a very finite, close-ended story.

      There's only so far you can take a story about change and transformation. And as much as I love the show and as much as I don't want it to end, I do want it to go out in a situation is as high as quality as possible. At a certain point, if I feel like we're running out of story and if I feel like we're starting to tread water, that would make me feel bad that I'm not presiding over a show that's in peak condition dramatically. And I want Breaking Bad to end as it began, with people engaged and confounded by it. And I don't want these wonderful viewers, many of whom are logged on as we speak, to ever get bored. Sometimes it's better to leave a party too soon than too late.

      Mark Margolis / Hector "Tio" Salamanca

      Interview mit Mark Margolis (Rolle: Hector "Tio" Salamanca)

      Actor Mark Margolis plays Hector "Tio" Salamanca, on AMC's Breaking Bad. In this exclusive interview, he talks about why he was terrified of Giancarlo Esposito the first time they met and how he came up with Tio's signature twitch.

      Interview mit Mark Margolis wrote:

      Q: Tell me about the scene at Don Eladio's house in Episode 8, "Hermanos." It must have been somewhat of a reunion: You acted with Steven Bauer in Scarface, and Giancarlo Esposito said the three of you had been in a play together.

      A: Yeah, we were all in a gorgeous production of Balm in Gilead, around 1984 at a theater in Greenwich Village. And it was directed by John Malkovitch, and had people like Gary Sinise in it and Laurie Metcalf and on and on. At that time Giancarlo Esposito was a very young actor -- I'd never seen him in my life. He played this street kid that hung out in this alleyway that my character had to pass through, and he would come at me with a real knife. He scared the s--t out of me because I couldn't tell whether this was a terrific actor, or some crazy who they put in the play.

      Q: What was it like being reunited with Steven Bauer?

      A: When I came out to New Mexico to do the episode they said they had a surprise for me -- it turned out to be Steven Bauer. He did some great things on set. All the lines were in Spanish but he stuck in the words when he said something about methamphetamines. He said that's the stuff that's used by "Heelbeeelies and Bikers." Instead of Spanish, he stuck in the English, which was very witty.

      Q: Do you speak Spanish? Tio has a pretty believable accent.

      A: Well you know, I grew up in Philadelphia and I didn't learn much grammar. The teacher used to always give me a B even though my grammar was terrible. I was the only kid in the class who could do the accent well. Everyone else was doing the accent with a Philadelphia accent, which is about the worst accent in America. Once I get into it I can think a little bit in Spanish. For Breaking Bad, they had this woman from Colombia who was a marvelous tutor and was incredibly gorgeous, so we all paid attention to her.

      Q: Peeing into Don Eladio's pool was a pretty striking symbol of gangster swagger.

      A: [Laughs] Or just possibly a situation in which a guy needs a bigger area to pee in than a urinal.

      Q: Tell me a little bit about that moment on set. Did you really pee?

      A: It's called a pee rig. It kind of looks like the equivalent of a hot water bottle that fits in your right armpit and has a hose coming down from it that goes down into your groin area. The device has a valve so that when I pull it out and press with my arm in my armpit, it forces this whole stream of water to shoot out over the pool. They refill it with a giant plastic syringe into the device that's coming out of my fly. They just wanted a nice big arc, so we did a few takes. This is what I studied in acting school [Laughs].

      Q: Where did you pick up Tio's distinct mannerisms from?

      A: There's a thing that I do with my mouth where one side of it moves in a weird way, which I stole from my mother-in-law, who was in a nursing home for many years in Florida. She used to do this weird thing with her mouth when you went to visit her.

      Q: Which do you enjoying playing more Tio when he was young, or Tio as an old man?

      A: I like the flashback scenes a lot, because then I'm a whole other guy who moves around. They do all this weird makeup -- they have this elastic thing that pulls your skin tight. It's a band that goes around your head and they tape it on to the side of your forehead on both sides and then they tighten it. It's cheaper than plastic surgery. Of course those scenes scare me a little bit, because of course that means I have to start speaking Spanish.

      Q: What did you think about all the speculation about Tio and Gus on the message boards during the last few episodes of the season?

      A: They keep saying, "The whole season is going to end with Gus killing Tio, Gus is going to strangle Tio, Gus is going to stab Tio, etc." It was funny!

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