On the heels of its Series Finale - Breaking Bad factoids you probably didn't know:
Showtime, TNT, FX and HBO all passed on the show. AMC clearly saw something they didn't and made it a hit.
John Cusack and Matthew Broderick turned down the role of Walter White. After Vince Gilligan showed AMC execs Bryan Cranston's work on an episode of "The X-Files" he wrote, they were sold.
Bryan Cranston insisted on wearing tighty-whities all the time. Creator Vince Gilligan says the actor wanted Walt to wear "the most pathetic thing" possible
Aaron did his research to play Pinkman. "I spent a lot of time with former [meth] addicts and people that were using at that moment," he says. "I saw a darker side to people that I've never witnessed before."
Jesse was originally supposed to die at the end of Season 1, but after seeing Aaron's performance, Vince Gilligan changed his mind. "My career would be over," Paul says. "I would be a sobbing mess watching week to week."
Though she won an Emmy for her role as Skyler White, Anna Gunn was battling a mystery illness during filming. "I was actually ill while I was filming the show and it affected my weight," she says. "They gave me cortisone and I puffed up and gained weight. Now I'm better, thank God."
In real life, actor R.J. Mitte does have cerebral palsy -- but Walt Jr. has a more severe form of the disorder, requiring a speech impediment and the use of crutches.
Originally, Walt was directly responsible for Jane's death. The first script called for him to push her head back so she would choke. In the final version, he accidentally knocks her on her back and then does nothing as she chokes.
Aaron got a concussion while filming a fight scene with Raymond Cruz, who played Tuco. "The next thing I know I guess I blacked out and I woke up to a flashlight in our eyes and it was our medic," says Paul.
While Gus Fring speaks fluent Spanish on the show, actor Giancarlo Esposito isn't Hispanic ... he's Italian. "I was blessed enough to get a coach out there who is really lovely," explains the actor.
Walt & Jesse's blue meth is actually crystallized sugar, AKA rock candy.
Tio Salamanca was supposed to be the "Big Bad" of Season 3 ... but after seeing Giancarlo's work and how well he clicked with the cast, Gus became the major villain.
Sorry, but Los Pollos Hermanos doesn't exist. The building, which is in Albuquerque, is actually a Twisters Restaurant.
It only took one take for Bryan Cranston to successfully throw the pepperoni pizza onto the roof of Walt's house and have it land right-side-up.
Dean Norris wanted to get killed off in the first half of the final season so that he would work on a comedy pilot. Vince's response: "I need you, what else am I going to write about in the last eight?"
Mike Ehrmantraut's part in the series was supposed to be smaller. He was introduced as a cleaner for Jane's body after the actor who plays Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk, wasn't available to film.
The show was originally set in Riverside, California. It was moved to New Mexico in order to take advantage of the state's "substantial" tax rebate for film and television production.
AMC crossover alert! As an "Easter egg" to "Breaking Bad" fans, Blue Sky was seen in an episode of "The Walking Dead," which airs on the same network.
The flashback scene that began the epic "Ozymandias" episode was the last scene ever shot for the show.
Bryan was nude on the final day of filming. "He just turns around and starts walking away, and he’s naked," explains Aaron Paul.
After filming wrapped, Bryan Cranston got a tattoo of the show's logo on one of his fingers. "Every once in a while I catch a glimpse of it and I see that logo from 'Breaking Bad' and it makes me smile," he says.
Sony Pictures Television and Teleset are currently working on a Spanish language remake of "Breaking Bad" to air on Univision. Called "Metastasis", the show will star Diego Trujillo (as Walter Blanco) and Roberto Urbina (as Jose Miguel Rosas).
In season one, Walt and Jesse dissolve a body (and a bathtub, and a floor) with gallons of hydrofluoric acid, which they later use to dissolve more bodies, and even a dirt bike. But on an episode of "Mythbusters," the hosts pretty much determined that hydrofluoric acid — although dangerous and possibly lethal — couldn't do anything even close to that.
During an interview on "The Howard Stern Show," Bryan Cranston revealed that DEA chemists actually taught him the exact process for cooking meth in preparation for some of his scenes — but he claimed he never actually got to cook it. Stern didn't believe him, and questioned him about how his "batch" turned out. "Well, I made one with and one without nuts," Cranston joked.
During filming for "The Avengers," Samuel L. Jackson wanted to make a cameo appearance on "Breaking Bad" as a customer in the Pollos Hermanos chicken restaurant — completely in character as Nick Fury. "The Avengers" was shooting at a nearby studio to "Breaking Bad," so Jackson thought it would be fun to quickly walk into a shot wearing his Nick Fury costume. But the producers wouldn't allow it. "I just wanted to order a three-piece and really freak people out," Jackson joked.
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