Ex­hibit Bad, and it’s not even open yet

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ARTS & LIFE - By Jayme Deer­wester

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.”

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