Breaking Bad was an established hit, but this latest information elevates fandom to a whole new level.
On Friday (July 29,) Albuquerque, New Mexico, unveiled bronze statues of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, who were played by Bryan Cranston.
Both actors attended the unveiling, as well as series creator Vince Gilligan, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, and Patrick Fabian, as well as Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, who co-created the 500-pound sculptures. The statues were created by sculptor Trevor Grove and donated by Sony Pictures Television, the company that produced the AMC drama.
Grove had created a tiny wax sculpture of Walt over ten years ago that drew Gilligan's attention. It was astonishing enough that it just got me to think, too. What if Trevor could paint a life-sized version of Walter White in bronze, a new medium to him, and throw in Jesse Pinkman to boot, and send the two statues to Albuquerque as a token of hospitality?
Gilligan said that when asked if there would be statues of fictional meth dealers given to the city, he replied: In all seriousness, some people will think, Wow, that's exactly what our city needed. I understand that. But let me tell you what I see when I look at these two works of art: I see them in character as two larger-than-life tragic figures, world-famous ones at that.
The sequel to AMCsBreaking Bad and Better Call Saul have certainly made a mark on the city through production and tourism. According to the mayor's office, the franchise has brought $385 million to the economy of New Mexico.
Paul said to the crowd that he loved you all. I went to audition for Breaking Bad, which completely changed my life. We lived here for seven years on and off. It was such a big part of my life and continues to be.
Cranston said: Were surprised, but somewhat embarrassed, to have statues of you. And when they first came to me and said we want to make two statues of you, and I thought, "Wow, fantastic, Heisenberg and Walter White!"
Cranston and Pauls' return to their Emmy-winning roles is on the way, with the duo scheduled to appear in the final season of Saul. The series is down to its final three episodes, and this coming Monday's installment is titled Breaking Bad.
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