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Old 01-05-2017, 10:18 AM
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The Mean Prank Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston Continually Pulled On Aaron Paul - CINEMABLEND

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If you’re playing one of television’s most charismatic aggressors, it helps if your personality is at least partially sadistic in nature. And Walter White portrayer Bryan Cranston certainly has a lighthearted villainous streak running through him, as he used to take advantage of co-star Aaron Paul’s gullibility by having him think his time on Breaking Bad was in constant jeopardy. Just call him Haha-senberg.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan recently took part in a Reddit AMA, and in the middle of fielding questions for Better Call Saul and how he’s affected by his shows’ fandom, he was asked who the biggest prankster was on the set of the hit AMC show. Here’s his answer.
Probably Bryan Cranston. He loved to tease Aaron Paul mercilessly. This came about after I told Aaron Paul early in the series that I had planned to kill off his character. From then on, every time a new script came out, Bryan would hurry to read it first so he could put on a sorrowful face and say to Aaron, ‘Gee buddy, I’m so sorry. You’re going out with a bang, at least.’ And Aaron, God bless him, seemed to fall for it every time.

So rude, yet so very amusing. One of the best decisions in TV history was allowing Paul’s character Jesse to live on past the first season, as he and his relationship with Walt were integral to the series’ success, both narratively and emotionally. And one of the best decisions on TV set history was Cranston refusing to let Paul forget that his time in fictional Albuquerque was never to be taken for granted.

I expect that Paul went off and had this reaction every time Cranston pulled that prank, assuming he wasn’t just playing along to make Cranston feel superior.

It’s a legitimate reaction to fear being killed off of a TV series. Hell, Bob “Saul Goodman” Odenkirk revealed that he was always shocked to see that his character lived through each episode, which allowed for the glorious prequel Better Call Saul. Luckily, should Paul ever find his way to that follow-up series, he can at least take comfort in knowing he’ll live through every appearance.

Gilligan also took a moment in the AMA to talk about his least favorite prank, involving people mimicking a famous Breaking Bad scene by throwing pizza on the house used as the White family home. He still wants people to quit that ****. So quit that ****.
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Old 01-05-2017, 05:28 PM
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So cute Bryan pranking Aaron
Yeah I guess all the Better Call Saul/Breaking Bad crossover people don't have to fear for the death of their characters
Sad that people feel they need to throw pizzas on Heisenberg's house (aka actually someone's private home) but I guess it is better than them skate boarding in the swimming pool or spraypainting Heisenberg in the living room

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Old 01-08-2017, 02:07 AM
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That sounds hilarious
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Old 01-08-2017, 05:06 AM
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Luckily Aaron is a chill dude and took the pranking so well
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:35 PM
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I wonder what the other pranks they pulled were I feel like there were a lot
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:08 PM
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Yeah I wonder lol
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:28 PM
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I can imagine they pranked each other on a regular basis
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:50 PM
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I bet they did
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:09 AM
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I bet they had some good pranks
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:01 PM
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Do they talk about that somewhere? I would love to read/hear about how they were on set. I believe their bromance was stronger in person than on the screen where it would get kind of antsy
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:57 PM
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I think they mentioned some on the commentary

there's this as well

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Old 01-10-2017, 09:06 PM
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Okay nice
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:38 AM
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I love their interviews so much
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Same.
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:34 PM
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Too bad they don't have more. It was nice though to see them reunite for that clip from Bryan's birthday but it was too brief of togetherness
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