The bronze statues of Breaking Bad‘s most infamous (fictional) meth manufacturers Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were unveiled in Albuquerque on Friday, with actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul present at the event.
Aaron Paul said during the unveiling,
“I auditioned for Breaking Bad, and it completely changed my life. So thank you so much, thank you to Albuquerque — my God, we were here for seven years on and off. It was such a huge part of my life; it still is.”Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul
Director Vince Gilligan was also in attendance as the tributes to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were installed at a convention center in New Mexico city to celebrate the TV series’ legacy.
Gilligan said he recognized that the statues of “two fictional, infamous meth dealers” won’t be universally cherished in New Mexico.
Director Vince Gilligan says at the unveiling ceremony,
“In all seriousness, some folks are going to say, ‘Wow, just what our city needed.’ I get that. But let me tell you what I see when I look at these two works of art: I see two of the finest actors America has ever produced. I see them in character as two larger-than-life tragic figures, cautionary tales, world-famous ones at that,”Breaking Bad director Vince Gilligan
Also, Local politicians including Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller mixed with the director Vince Gilligan to help unveil the artwork, donated by Gilligan and Sony Pictures.
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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will reprise their roles in this week’s episode Better Call Saul.