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Warning: Contains spoilers for seasons 1 to 5A.

The Breaking Bad Interviews: Aaron Paul

Any bloopers you're looking forward to seeing on the gag reel?
Hell, yeah. One of our crewmembers, Tristan Chavez, we call him "Meat Muffin", a nickname Bryan Cranston gave him - I have no idea where it came from - but if you poke him in the belly, he sounds like the Pillsbury Doughboy. But he's the guy who does the slates, and so I said that this season, because we always mess with him as he's slating, we had to poke him in the belly every time he slated. By the end of the season, we have a compilation of just him going, 'Oh, hoo, hoo, hoo! Oh hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo!' It's hilarious! I wish he was here so I could show you. It'll be a supercut, hopefully it'll make it to the DVD extras, I am praying for that to happen.

What about the 'Yo bitch!' supercuts?
You know what? It's so funny that people care enough, and it's funny that because of Jesse Pinkman, the word 'BITCH!' can be used as not a horrible thing. You could be drinking some whiskey, and say after a sip, 'BITCH!' You know, "Yeah bitch!" It makes no sense whatsoever, but just screaming 'Yeah bitch!' in excitement, in celebrating something, works. If there's one thing this program has done - and it's done many things - it's taught kids to use the word bitch in different ways.

Do you have a favourite piece of fan art, or a favourite Breaking Bad meme?
I'm inviting the world to watch the final episode with the entire cast in the middle of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
There are so many. I think the Taylor Swift parody song is brilliant. Then there's - what is it? - 'Brokebad Mountain'? That is my favourite thing of all time. Because I would watch that movie. I would literally be in that movie, and I would watch the hell out of it as well.

Have you seen the Breakfast Club poster? RJ has got some really fucking great stuff this season. Him and Hank really get some time to shine this season. They really do. It's really great and I am so happy because RJ is phenomenal. If you see him in the past seasons, he has some seriously gritty material, and he really shines. RJ goes, 'Hey, with the breakfast scenes... I'm just happy I get to have breakfast! I'm happy that I am here.' He's so grateful. This is his first job ever. EVER! He's never had a job other than this. Are you kidding me? 'Oh, here you go - why not have Breaking Bad? Arguably one of the best TV shows... EVER. Congratulations.'

Have you already planned a reunion?
It's really sad. I'm actually planning something of a reunion. I've mentioned a little hint on Twitter about inviting people out to watch the final episode with me. So here you go: I'm inviting the world to watch the final episode with the entire cast in the middle of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

So it'll take place at the exact same time as the episode airs on TV?
First off, we'll air the pilot and then the cast will all come up and say thank you to everyone for watching. Then we'll watch the final episode with everybody there and all the proceeds will go to cancer research and drug rehab centres. There will also be one hell of a party.

What about your wrap party plans?
Oh yeah, that's 100 per cent going to happen. How could it not? Vince will be directing the final episode. We do a big wrap party each year, and each year Bryan and I dress up as crazy characters. The first time, Bryan dressed up as Jesse and I dressed up as Walt. The second year I dressed up as dead Jane, and he dressed up as pregnant Skyler. The third year, he dressed up as Tio Salamanca and I dressed up as a giant chicken. Last year, we dressed up as two cockroaches. And then this year... I think we might just be classy and wear some tuxedos.

The Breaking Bad Interviews: Aaron Paul
Bryan is a brother, he is a mentor, a best friend... he's incredible.

How would you describe your relationship with Bryan?
He is a brother, he is a mentor, a best friend... he's incredible. I look up to that man in so many ways, and I've learnt a lot from him. I will absolutely miss working with him. I will miss seeing him every day, but I won't miss him miss him because we're always going to see each other. I take him to go see Sigur Ros, that sort of thing. He loves music, he's an incredible dancer - he's just fun to hang out with.

Who has surprised you by telling you they love the show?
It's crazy. It's so bizarre being on something that's critically acclaimed, because you go to these weird functions that you've never been to before. I'm like, 'Oh my God!' as I walk into this room and bump into Steven Spielberg and he's like, 'I... LOVE your show. It's the greatest thing.' And I'm like, 'I... am in love with you?' To know that Daniel Day-Lewis watches the show. I'm on set going, 'What would DD-L think about that?' I get random meetings, like, 'Ron Howard would like to sit down with you.' 'Really?' If Breaking Bad hadn't happened, Ron Howard probably wouldn't want to sit down with me. Because he would have no idea who I was. So yeah, Breaking Bad has definitely opened many, many doors for me.

Then there's the Need For Speed movie...
Yeah! It was all thanks to Steven Spielberg, because he loves Breaking Bad. It was like, 'Yep, I'm going to give you this.' I was in London when I got the phonec all. I think I said, 'Really? Okay. Wow.' Need For Speed is going to surprise everybody. I think a lot of people are thinking it's going to be this car film, but it's not that at all. There's no actual narrative in the game, it's just superfast cars with the point of view of the driver: his point of view as his car blasts around. And, of course, cops chasing them. It's just plain make-believe, pure imagination - it's really, truly a blank canvas using really incredible supercars.

Can you and Bryan please host Saturday Night Live together?
Now that is a good idea.


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