Jesse Pinkman takes it on the run in Net­flix’s ‘El Camino: A Break­ing Bad Movie’

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

When last seen, men­tally and emo­tion­ally bro­ken meth cook/dealer Jesse Pinkman was laugh­ing ma­ni­a­cally as he fled his neo-Nazi cap­tors in his Chevy El Camino in the 2013 se­ries fi­nale of “Break­ing Bad.”

Now, fans of cre­ator Vince Gil­li­gan’s mul­ti­ple Emmy- and Golden Globe­win­ning 2008-13 AMC drama se­ries get to find out what be­came of the wellinten­tioned lad gone wrong – and likely a whole lot more – when three-time Emmy win­ner Aaron Paul reprises the role in “El Camino: A Break­ing Bad Movie,” which be­gins stream­ing Fri­day, Oct. 11, on Net­flix.

As with any se­ries rife with cliffhang­ers, de­tails on “El Camino” were hard to come by, save for the one-line de­scrip­tion on the Net­flix press re­lease that says, “In the wake of his dra­matic es­cape from cap­tiv­ity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of fu­ture.”

The idea for the film came from some­thing Gil­li­gan had been kick­ing around as the 10th an­niver­sary of the se­ries ap­proached in 2018, ac­cord­ing to fel­low ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Melissa Bern­stein.

“We were try­ing to think of ways to mark that an­niver­sary in a fun way for fans and do some­thing mean­ing­ful,” she ex­plains. “And Vince at the time thought, ‘What if I did a lit­tle short about Jesse?’ And we were like, ‘Did I hear that right? Re­ally? Do you re­ally have the in­ter­est and draw to re­turn to that story ...?’ And he was like, ‘I think I do.’ And he started just mulling it over . ... And I think the more he thought about it, the more story he felt was there and I think that grew into some­thing that maybe it’s not a short, maybe it’s an episode-long piece. And then from there, I think he felt like this could be its own story and its own film.”

From there, Bern­stein re­ports, get­ting Paul back on board was a shoo-in thanks to his re­la­tion­ship with Gil­li­gan.

“Most ev­ery­one in­volved ... I think would do any­thing for Vince,” she says. “You know, if Vince called them and said, ‘I have an idea. I just kind of want you to show up. What do you think?’ I think ev­ery one of them would show up. There’s just that much good­will and trust built up be­tween Vince and that cast and in par­tic­u­lar be­tween Vince and Aaron.

“And Aaron, he’s game,” she con­tin­ues, “and he’s just al­ways been so com­mit­ted to our ‘Break­ing Bad’ fam­ily that it wasn’t in doubt for even a mo­ment that he would par­tic­i­pate.”

As for cast be­yond Paul, it is known that Matt Jones (aka Bad­ger) and Charles Baker (Skinny Pete) are on board but no word at all on whether “Break­ing Bad” star Bryan Cranston is in­volved or whether chem­istry teacher-turned-meth dealer Wal­ter White is alive or dead – which was also left ope­nended in the fi­nale.

“As much as the sto­ry­line,” Bern­stein says, “the cast I think is what we feel pro­vides the big­gest sur­prises and fun – for who’s in it and who’s not in it. And I think that is some­thing also that we hope the fans will get to dis­cover on their own and not via the in­ter­net.”

Aaron Paul stars in “El Camino: A Break­ing Bad Movie,” which be­gins stream­ing Fri­day on Net­flix.

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