Exhibit Bad, and it’s not even open yet
WASHINGTON — Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan officially has a new favourite museum: The U.S. National Museum of American History. He and the cast of the Emmy-winning AMC drama reunited there this week to donate props to the Smithsonian.
“If you had told me there’d be crystal meth in the same museum as The Star-Spangled Banner, Thomas Edison’s light bulb, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch and Dorothy’s ruby slippers, I’d have told you you were using too much of Walter White’s product,” Gilligan said.
Two baggies of his signature babyblue, highly potent (but fake) crystal methamphetamine — are part of the exhibit, scheduled to open in 2018. The collection also includes hazmat suits and gas masks worn by stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Among other artifacts donated by Sony Pictures Television is the piece de resistance: the black hat that transformed Walter White from from a meek, cancer-stricken chemistry teacher to Heisenberg the fearsome drug lord .
If Breaking Bad’s Smithsonian exhibit is a hit, curators could easily produce a macabre sequel featuring the unusual items used to kill people on the show, which depended less on guns than most crime dramas — well, except for Gilligan’s pick, the car-trunkmounted machine gun Walt engineered to wreak havoc on the Aryan gang who stole his cash and imprisoned Jesse near the end of the series. Paul voted for the box cutter Gus used to murder one of his own henchman and the axe, the weapon of choice for the silent assassins known as the cousins.
And which weapon would Cranston put in such an exhibit? “The barrel of hydrofluoric acid that we used to melt people.”