'Breaking Bad' statues unveiled in Albuquerque by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
Statues of Breaking Bad duo Walter White and Jesse Pinkman have been unveiled in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the show is set.
The statues depict Walter in his bald Heisenberg guise holding his fedora with Pinkman standing next to him.
The unveiling of the statues was attended by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul who played White and Pinkman respectively.
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Also on hand for the unveiling was series creator Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad co-star Dean Norris and Better Call Saul cast members Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando and Patrick Fabian.
The statues weigh 500 pounds and were sculpted by Trevor Grove and donated by Sony who produced the acclaimed crime drama.
Gilligan spoke about the statues at the event, saying they were his idea after he had a mini Walter White statue made: “What if Trevor could sculpt a life-sized version of Walter White in bronze, a medium new to him, and what if he could toss in Jesse Pinkman to boot, and then we donate to the two statues to the city of Albuquerque as a thank-you for your hospitality?”
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He added: “In all seriousness, some folks are going to say, ‘Wow, just what our city needed.’ I get that. But let me tell you what I see when I look at these two works of art: I see two of the finest actors America has ever produced. I see them in character as two larger-than-life tragic figures, cautionary tales, world-famous ones at that.”
Breaking Bad aired for five seasons between 2008 and 2013 with the show mostly set and filmed on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A prequel spin-off entitled Better Call Saul premiered in 2015 and sees Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito reprise their roles from Breaking Bad.
A sequel film, El Camino, also followed in 2019 and featured Jesse Pinkman in the immediate aftermath of the events of Breaking Bad.
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