Story: “You’ve got two of greatest meth cooks in America” quote by Heisenberg. Known as a quiet and sensible man and father, Walter White is a man that challenges the outcome of beating cancer, seen as un-appereciated chemistry teacher but secretly creates a new identity of becoming the best meth cook in America with his partner Jesse. As Walters reputation as Heisenberg begins to rise in the drug trading world, could this be the next competition to cooking the best chicken in the fast food industry or have they discovered a secret ingredient.
Creating: Breaking Bad, possibly one of the best shows ever created and is one of many as being one of my favorite shows I’ve ever watched during my years at university. After finishing Breaking Bad, I knew I had to create something with Heisenberg and Jesse while cooking. After thinking different ideas, my inspiration came from a KFC advert which it quoted “100% pure chicken”. By hearing that quote, this then made me think about Gus and his chicken restaurant Los Pollos Hermanos to think what if Heisenberg made his own chicken but made it better than Gus’s sample and also discovered the ingredients to what makes KFC’s chicken famous for its purity. With this idea in my mind, the next part was to build my own set for the photograph which became an inspiration and reference from season 5 of episode 3 called Hazard Play when Walter and Jesse start cooking meth in people’s homes as fumigation workers. So by building my own set with wooded poles as the tent support to finding different jars as laboratory equipment and getting plastic sheets to make a replica of the tent they use in the episode, taking this photograph in my own home was a fun little project and idea to making its creation happen by using a sense of humour and leaving the viewer thinking could Heisenberg make a better bucket of chicken than Gus’s?
Facts: Created by Writer, Producer and Director Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad would first make its first ever debut on the 20th January 2008 and has been recognized as being one of the greatest television shows ever created for television and was voted in the top ten best dramas of television from Empire magazine, Rolling Stone and even got a score of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
. Before Breaking Bad would become a massive hit, with Gilligan’s experience as a writer from another popular Fox show known as The X-Files which he had written 29 episodes and even produced, Gilligan also co-created a spin-off show of the the X-Files called The Lone Gunman which only ran for one season with 13 episodes. After leaving the writers chair for The X-Files, Gilligan began working on his creation on writing a new and original story where a hero would become the villain and did this by doing something dangerous to support his family. As Gilligan was ready to pitch to studios about his new story about man battling with cancer and is making meth, Gilligan was almost ready to walk away his idea when he heard there was another series on television called Weed which had some similarities to Breaking Bad. After pitching his idea, Gilligan’s producers had convinced him that his creation was different and would become a successful show and not steal from Weed’s reputation. With almost dropping his idea to never get made, Gilligan would be recognized by critics to creating one of the best television dramas of all time and has been awarded by the writer’s guild of America for his writing for television and other projects.
. When casting the role of Walter White, Gilligan casted Bryan Cranston to become the lead role of his show which Cranston and Gilligan had both worked together before on an episode from The X-Files called Drive and was written by Gilligan. In the episode, Cranston plays an anti-Semite role as a terminal ill loathsome and sympathetic gunman that takes Agent Mulder as hostage on long drive. Gilligan found Cranston’s performance to be his answer to casting Bryan to be Walter for he could and quote “Bryan alone was the only actor who could do that, who could pull off that trick. And it is a trick. I have no idea how he does it”. When casting Cranston for the role for Walter White, the AMC officials were not sure on Gilligan’s choice to let Cranston be the lead role when he was mostly famous for his over top dad role from the television show of Malcom in the Middle, but after watching The X-Files episode Cranston was given the role by that performance. Before production started for Breaking Bad, Cranston was never given a back story to Walters up brining and decided to write his own for the character. When creating the appearance and look of Walter, Cranston would gain 10 pounds to reflect on Walter being personal decline and would wear neutral green and brown colors to make Walter bland and unremarkable and would give Walter a mustache to look elderly and would describe the mustache as a dead caterpillar. Another inspiration to Cranston’s role of becoming Walter was his father for how he carries himself like he had the whole world on his shoulders but still had strength to keep walking and deal with taking of it.
. For the role of Jesse, as Aaron Paul was a young actor who had started his career in modeling, to appearing in music videos for bands Korn and Everlast and then becoming an actor. Paul’s roles were seen as small minor character roles and started to get bigger, Paul would even appear in an episode of The X-Files called Lord of the Flies which this episode was not written by Gilligan. When asked to play the role of Jesse for Breaking Bad, originally the character of Jesse was meant to be killed off in the first season, but Gilligan would change his mind when he saw on set that Cranston and Paul had a great chemistry together and kept Jesse to become a big role and partner of Walter White.
. As Breaking Bad would become a massive hit, Breaking Bad would knock out other television shows and win huge amounts of awards for its writing, acting and people’s favorite show:
Golden globe Best Show 2014, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul 2014, Golden Globe for Best Performance Bryan Cranston 2014, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Role Bryan Cranston 2014, 2010 and 2009 and the list goes on.