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El Camino: Aaron Paul Struggled To Land Film Roles After Series Ended

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul hasn’t exactly exploded in the years since the show ended. Sure, he popped up in films like Need for Speed and Exodus: Gods and Kings, and he even found life in shows like The Path and Bojack Horseman…but you would have expected a bit more, considering how nuanced his Jesse Pinkman ended up becoming, right?

Well, trust us, this is something that hasn’t escaped Paul, who reflected how lucky he was when the series was still on the air.

“I was so spoiled at the height of Breaking Bad, I was being offered everything,” he told IndieWire.

But, as he made his way through features, and those features failed, he found himself in a bit of  a rough spot.

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“You do one commercial film that’s not the success they think it’s going to be, and you’re damned.”

Between those and missed opportunities — including an unnamed “monster, monster hit,” it sounds like there was a bit of bitterness from Paul.

And then the opportunity for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie presented itself.

“There were some big thorns in my side that I had to let go. My wife knew all of this was going on, so when I told her what Vince wanted to do, she threw her arms around me. She knew it was an opportunity for me to spread my wings again.”

We obviously can’t predict how good the movie ultimately is, but if the trailer is any indication, it’ll be one for the history books. Paul seems to have settled right in as the tortured meth cook, and Vince Gilligan’s storytelling chops seem as strong as ever.

Here’s hoping it leads to great things for Paul.

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SOURCE: IndieWire

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