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20 Incredible Facts about Breaking BadCan you believe it’s been 10 years since this crazy and amazing show exploded onto our screens?  The programme is so legendary that people are still binge-watching it five years after the last episode aired.  It is the no. 5 ranked TV show of all time on IMDB with an average voting score of 9.5/10!If you haven’t watched this, you really are missing out on the cult TV series of our generation.High school science teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) discovers he has an inoperable lung tumour.   Despairing for his family’s financial welfare, he turns to making a special brand of blue methampetamine and starts up an unlikely partnership with an unruly ex-student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), to help bring in some much needed money. It turns out good, old Walter White likes the lifestyle a little too much. Go! Go and watch it!Here are 20 fascinating facts about your favourite show:1. The show nearly wasn’t aired.  It was turned down by HBO and TNT before being taken on by The Walking Dead channel, AMC.  In fact, creator Vince Gilligan said his pitch to HBO was the worst meeting he’d ever had Sucks to be HBO and TNT!2. There was a real Walter White.  In 2008, a wanted poster was put out for Walter White, an apparently good meth cook.  He said in the Vice show Fringes: ‘My name is Walter White and I’m a meth cook and for 10 years I had the best meth in Alabama. And if you wanted the best meth, you had to come this way, you had to come to me.’3. There have been several copycats since including a 74-year-old mathematics professor, Irina Kirsty, who turned her home into a meth lab, William Duncan, a high school science teacher who sold homemade meth to students at school and Stephen Doran, a school teacher who had stage 3 cancer and sold meth to make money.4. Since the immense popularity of Breaking Bad, meth makers everywhere have tried to take advantage of the popularity of Walter’s special blue meth by adding blue food colouring or dye to their drugs.  Although this means it’s more popular on the street, it makes no difference to the effect of the drug.5. Walter’s street name ‘Heisenberg’ is a nod to the nobel-winning physicist, Werrner Hesienberg, who developed quantum mecnhanics.6. The White family home is a real house!  It has belonged to a woman called Fran since 1973.  She said that Vince Gilligan and his team took a lot of artistic license with the interior of the house and wanted to, at one stage, cover up the pool.  Fran doesn’t mind the constant stream of cars that go by her house every day.7. Vince Gilligan has one regret about the show – that Jesse’s teeth were too perfect.  For a meth head, his teeth should have been stained, cracking and falling out of his head – instead Aaron Paul had a set of lovely white pearlers.  Gilligan did say thought that the logistics of removing or altering teeth were too expensive and that ‘removing real teeth from actors is a real non-starter’.8. The Sage Neuroscience Centrein New Mexico uses the show to help people stop drug addiction. By sharing their stories, entrants have the chance to win one of two ‘Breaking Addiction’ scholarships which allow them 12 weeks of free rehabilitation and which is worht thousands of dollars.  New Mexico is the meth capital of North America.9. Bryan Cranston was once wanted for murder!  He and his brother once worked as waiters for a notoriously abusive chef.  Bryan said of him:  “No matter how nice you may have been to him, he hated you…He screamed at you … (with) a cleaver in his hand.” The chef was murdered coinciding with the brothers’ resignation and a cross-country road trip.  Thankfully, they were only suspects for a short time.10. The last scene ever shot was Walter’s and Jesse’s meth-cooking flashback in Ozymandias. George R. R. Martin, the author of The Song of Ice and Fire series declared after that episode that Walter was more evil than any of the villains in Westeros.  For Game of Thrones fans, that’s a pretty big call!11. Bryan Cranston and the cast and crew of Breaking bad had a huge party after the last scene was shot.  Apparently, he got so drunk that he got a Breaking Bad tattoo on his hand – much to his wife’s disgust!12. On January 21st, 2018, many of the Breaking Bad stars took to twitter to celebrate exactly 10 years since the first episode of Breaking Bad aired.  Cranston wrote: Yo Bitch! I stole your line, Aaron. But you can “Say my name!” Just thinking about the 6 magical years on BB with our great cast and crew. I miss you all, even those Heisenberg had to kill. Vince, you’re a genius and a wonderful human being. Thank you for the ride of our lives!13. Everybody who has watched Breaking Bad will have indelibly imprinted on their minds the scene when Walter’s arch enemy, Gustavo Fring, walks down a hallway with half his face shot off. This look took a lot of time to achieve and guess who did it?  The make-up artists from AMC’s The Walking Dead.14. In one episode, Walter tries to get rekindle his relationship with his wife, Skylar. He brings around a nice big pizza to try and make up.  When he is rebuffed, he throws the huge pizza onto the roof of the garage.  In real life?  Bryan Cranston pulled off the seemingly impossible.  It only took one shot for him to perfect the iconic pizza-on-the-roof shot much to the crew’s delight.15. Jesse Pinkman was supposed to be killed off in season one.  Many people accredit his staying on to the Writer’s Guild strike in 2007-2008 but in 2013 Vince Gilligan said it had become obvious that the character of Jesse Pinkman was integral to the show and would no longer be killed off in episode nine.16.  Over six seasons, 62 episodes were shot.  This number was by no means random.  No. 62 on the periodic table is Samarium which is an element used in the treatment of cancer patients – lung cancer patients too.17.  The numbers Walt hid on his lotto ticket ((N 34, 59?, 20?, W 106, 36?, 52 ) are not, in reality, the secret to where Walt stashed $80 million or anything else.  These co-ordinates which, in the show, lead to Hank’s demise are actually the co-ordinates to Q Studios in Albuquerque where Breaking Bad was filmed.18.  ‘Felina’ is the name of the final episode. The1 959 song “El Paso” by musician Marty Robbins is about a cowboy who falls in love with a woman named Faleena, gets shot, and dies in her arms. Walt plays the song in a car in New Hampshire and then later hums it as he assembles the M60.’Felina’ is an anagram for ‘finale’.There is a common misconception that ‘Felina’ is made up of ‘Fe’, ‘Li’ and ‘Na’, the symbols for iron, lithium and sodium, are shorthand for ‘blood, meth and tears.19. Walter’s infamous hat was only worn out of necessity.  The hat was used to protect Cranton’s head from the hot New Mexico sun.20.  The role of Walter White nearly went to Matthew Brodderick or John Cusack.  Because Cranston was famous for his dorky, quirky character in Malcolm in the Middle, casting were unsure about Bryan.  But because Vince Gilligan had worked with Cranston in the X-Files and knew his grittier acting side, Cranston was cast.  It now seems ridiculous for any other actor to have played Walter!It seems Breaking Bad is still getting as many write ups now as it did when it aired.  Iit is known for having a cult following, slotting in between Game of Thrones and The Wire on IMDB, and many people have watched and rewatched the show after it finished.  If you are missing all things Breaking Bad, there is still one link going strong.  The popular spin-off TV show ‘Better Call Saul’ features Walter White’s cheesy, dodgy lawyer getting himself into and out of trouble just like his former client.  

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