DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Albuquerque, New Mexico wasn't supposed to be the location of Breaking Bad? A true fan would know that one of the best TV series from AMC was filmed in Albuquerque. However, Vince Gilligan, the show's creator/director revealed with Slant Magazine that he intended to set Breaking Bad in Riverside, California. Gilligan said, "I was thinking more in terms of a homegrown meth business that Walter White was going to establish." Sony Pictures, the studio that produced the series, had a different location in mind. They knew that New Mexico has a 25% tax rebate for film and television production, which is pretty much enough. Gilligan added, "And really, it's a hard [carrot] to turn down... and so New Mexico very quickly became the place we decided to shoot our show for strictly financial reasons. We wanted our limited production budget to go that much farther."
It turns out, the AMC TV show proved to be beneficial to Albuquerque too up to this day. The locations used in the show continues to draw attention from tourists worldwide, and local businesses are taking advantage of the hype. One example is Rebel Donuts in Albuquerque. They joined the hype when they created "Blue Sky" donuts modeled after Pinkman and White's blue meth. Moving forward, did you know that Aaron Paul's on-screen character, Jesse Pinkman, was supposed to be dead in the show's pilot season? Vince Gilligan said that after its second episode, he, the other directors, and the producers all knew that Paul is a great actor to work with. Gilligan also said that it, "would be a huge, colossal mistake to kill off Jesse." Aaron Paul went on to be a part of the series' entire run, even being one of the confirmed casts in one of the highly-anticipated movies this fall, a Breaking Bad movie sequel on Netflix. He will reprise his role in the movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Will we also see Bryan Cranston's Walter White return?