‘Breaking Bad’ Again? Aaron Paul Hopes Return as Jesse Pinkman Would Be ‘Seamless’

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Let’s hope the upcoming “Breaking Bad” movie will answer all the questions people still ask Aaron Paul, even five years after the series ended.

“They keep asking: ‘What happened to Jesse?’ ‘When’s the next season of ‘Breaking Bad’ coming out?’” Paul told us in an interview for the “Shoot This Now Podcast.”

Those questions about the “next season” leave Paul with the uncomfortable task of breaking bad “Breaking Bad” news: “Well, it’s been done for soooo many years, you know? But thank you…’”

Paul explains more in the new “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you can listen to on Apple or listen to right here:

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We talked with Paul and Emily Ratajkowski about their new thriller “Welcome Home,” which is out now on DirecTV and hits theaters Nov. 16.

The interview took place last Saturday, and our timing could have been better: Three days later, the Albuquerque Journal broke the news of a “Breaking Bad” movie that will “track the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

That description points to Paul as the likely focus of the film: “Breaking Bad” finale featured his character, Jesse Pinkman, fleeing a gang of neo-Nazis to seek a new life.

There’s been plenty of speculation about Jesse turning up on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul.” So Paul talked with us hypothetically about how he might reprise the role in “Better Call Saul” — without letting anything slip about the movie plans.

“I’d like to think it may be kind of easy and seamless to jump back into that guy because we live and breathe all of our characters that we play, and I played this guy for seven years,” Paul said. “I really know him. It’d be fun to put back on those shoes.”

(To be 100 percent clear: He didn’t confirm he would play Pinkman in a “Breaking Bad” movie, because at the time of our interview, we didn’t know there would be a “Breaking Bad” movie.)

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Paul won three Emmys for his performance as Pinkman, who spent the five seasons of “Breaking Bad” as the reluctant partner to teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston).

“Pinkman was just such a huge part — or is such a huge part of my career,” Paul said.

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People who meet him on the street still call him “Jesse” — that is, if they don’t call him “Bitch,” which was Jesse’s de facto catchphrase.

Paul said he often has to tell them: “My name is Aaron, really nice to meet you. It’s not Jesse. No, you can’t call me a bitch.”

That problem isn’t likely to get better with the release of a “Breaking Bad” movie, but who knows?

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Every week on “Shoot This Now,” we talk about stories we think should be made into movies — which is just an excuse to talk about people and stories we find fascinating. In the episode above, we pitched Paul and Ratajkowski two ideas.

They agreed that one was “sexy,” and that the other sounded like something you’d watch while falling asleep on a long flight.

“Welcome Home,” meanwhile, is about a couple in peril.

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As Paul told us, it follows “a couple struggling to keep things together, and then they’re put in a really scary situation in a setting where they’re not really comfortable.”

Ratajkowski signed on to the film first, in part because she was intrigued by her character, Cassie — who turns out to be more complicated than she initially seems.

“All of the assumptions that you’ve made about her kind of get turned on their head, and she turns out to be a pretty dark, complex character, which is important,” she said.

Listen to the podcast for more.

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How Did Bruce Lee Die? New Book Has a Sad, Strange Explanation (Podcast)

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What was Bruce Lee’s cause of death? Matthew Polly, the author of the excellent new biography “Bruce Lee: A Life,” has a strange, sad, and entirely plausible explanation.

Polly digs deep into how Lee died in our new “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you can listen to on iTunes or here:

The cause of Bruce Lee’s death is one of the most confounding questions in his spectacular life: How did a 32-year-old man who exercised constantly and was known for toned physique suddenly die? Misinformation abounds.

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Google “How did Bruce Lee die” and you’ll receive, thanks to Quora, the most common answer: cerebral edema. A cerebral edema is an excess accumulation of fluid in the brain that can cause seizures, coma, and even respiratory arrest.

Lee collapsed on May 10, 1973, while recording dialogue for his film, “Enter the Dragon.” He was taken to a Hong Kong hospital where doctors diagnosed him with cerebral edema. So it is probably not surprising that when Lee died suddenly on July 20, 1973, another Hong Kong hospital reported that cerebral edema was the cause of death.

A Hong Kong inquest later found Lee’s cause of death to be “death by misadventure,” a type of accidental death that involves a degree of bad luck. That finding included the possibility that one factor in Lee’s death was his decision to take a drug called Equagesic, which contained aspirin and a tranquilizer.

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But Polly argues persuasively on our podcast that Lee’s real cause of death may have been overheating. And his overheating may have been intensified by a decision to have his “sweat glands removed from his armpits because he felt his dripping pits looked bad onscreen,” as Polly writes in his book. “Without these sweat glands, his body would have been less able to dissipate heat.”

Yes: It is possible to have the sweat gland of the armpits removed. But Polly argues it was a dangerous decision for someone who exercised as intensely as Lee did.

Overheating is better understood today than it was in 1973. But it is “the third-most-common killer of athletes and rises to first during the hottest months of summer,” Polly explains. Lee died on the hottest day of July 1973.

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Polly’s book carefully unpacks the rumors and misinformation around Lee — which were fed by a decision to remove his body from the home of his mistress, Betty Ting Pei, to avoid upsetting his family.

If Lee did die, in part, because of the decision to remove the sweat glands from his armpits, it would be a tragic turn in his lifelong quest to excel. Lee worked hard for his entire life to overcome every obstacle, first to impress his father and later to provide for his wife, Linda, and their two children. He was relentlessly competitive, always seeking an edge, and always willing to sacrifice to succeed.

He traveled to Hong Kong to make films after Hollywood couldn’t overcome its racism to make him a leading man in an American film. He became the greatest martial arts star in the world, against unbelievable odds.

His death cut short a courageous struggle for success. And the mystery around it has contributed to the fascination with his too-short life.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: What It’s Really Like to Guest Judge a Reality Sensation (Bonus Podcast)

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race”is reaching dizzying heights of popularity thanks to its charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent — and “UnReal” actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, a guest on the show, gave us a tour of Ru’s inner sanctum.

When he appeared on TheWrap’s “Shoot This Now” podcast, we stole a few minutes to grill him about his stints as a guest on the series — where visiting ambassadors critique the challenge performances and runway looks of the competing queens.

For insider dish on quippy writers, handsy contestants, and the three versions of RuPaul, listen on Apple or Spotify or here:

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Bowyer-Chapman also explains why RuPaul is “the most human human I’ve ever met.”

Can’t get enough of Bowyer-Chapman? You can listen to his full-length “Shoot This Now” episode, where we talk about Season 3 of MTV’s “The Real World,” aka “The Real World: San Francisco” on
Apple or Spotify or right here:


The 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” premiers March 22 on VH1 and includes a long list of guest judges including Shania Twain, Lena Dunham, Kate Upton, Halsey and more.

VH1 announced last month that the 10th season would run back-to-back with the currently airing “All Stars” season. Season 10 will be made up of entirely of 90-minute episodes, with the aftershow “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” to immediately follow each week.

The 14 queens competing on the season are Asia O’Hara (Dallas, TX), Aquaria (Brooklyn, NY), Blair St. Clair (Indianapolis, IN), Dusty Ray Bottoms (New York, NY), Eureka O’Hara (Johnson City, TN), Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams (Albuquerque, NM), Kameron Michaels (Nashville, TN), Mayhem Miller (Riverside, CA), Miz Cracker (New York, NY), Monét X Change (Bronx, NY), Monique Heart (Kansas City, MO), The Vixen (Chicago, IL), Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Tampa, FL) and Yuhua Hamasaki (New York, NY).