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All downhill from here:

Co-star of 'Breaking Bad', Aaron Paul, says he probably won't experience another series like it.
By Reuters
Date: August 28 2013
Tags: tv, celebrity,
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Aaron Paul is one of the few people who knows how popular TV show Breaking Bad ends – and he loves it.

"It's fantastic," the two-time Emmy winner, who portrays protagonist Walter White's partner-in-crime, Jesse Pinkman, on the show.

"Everyone wants to know, but deep down they don't want to know. I thought the show could go on and on, but after reading the final eight episodes I'm so happy it ended when it did and isn't stretched out."

We talked with Paul about bugs, drugs, and his and Bryan Cranston's (who plays Walt) tearful read-through of the final Breaking Bad script.

What did you do when you got Vince Gilligan's final script? Do you have a routine?

I always take my time with these scripts. Part 1 [of Season 5], I always wanted to be in a very relaxed setting, just take my time with it. I wanted to do that with part 2, and I did it with the first episode, and the second one I did that, and then I started getting them in my email and started reading them on my phone. Because I just couldn't wait. The final episode I was staring at it for a good three days and it was just haunting me. I wanted to read it so bad but I didn't, and Bryan and I read together at his place for the first time.

We read it out loud. We actually read the teaser [that begins the episode] internally. They're doing a documentary on Breaking Bad and they filmed us reading it. After reading the teaser we started talking about what happened in the teaser and then we just said you know what, let's just read it all out loud.

Did you ever do that before?

No. Other than the table reads with everybody. I'm not saying I even made it to the final episode. I just was there playing different characters. I won't tell you who I was playing but I was playing some females, some males.

Good cover. Were there tears?

Yeah. Bryan, when he read the last line of the show – the description and then it says – usually it just says "end of episode." But this said "end of series." He looked up at me … and we just stared at each other. Didn't say a word. Both of our eyes were glossy and tearing up. That was the moment we'd been dreading but yet looking forward to for so long. But Vince and the writers, I think they really nailed it.

Jesse almost died so early in the show. Do you ever imagine an alternate life where that happened?

I try not to. But yeah. It would have been a completely different show. It would have been, I'm sure, just as phenomenal.

Probably not. You've won two Emmys.

Yeah, let's be honest. It wouldn't be that great. It'd be okay.

Will it be hard to find another role this interesting?

It's all downhill from here for me. Which isn't bad, because Breaking Bad is so high.

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