Talking to the New York Times, Aaron Paul disclosed that everyone involved in the production of El Camino: The Breaking Bad Movie had been sworn to secrecy.
Now, this has never gotten in the way of online leaks before (we all remember the unfortunate revelation of the final episodes of Thrones on Reddit a week before they were supposed to air) but it appears to be a credit to Paul’s acting skills that he managed to convince everyone he came into contact with that the project he was filming in the New Mexico desert was not in fact connected to Breaking Bad or its spin-off Netflix series Better Call Saul.
“I just said I was doing this small little indie out in New Mexico and that was it,'” Paul said.
‘No one second-guessed it. I definitely had people asking, “Are you doing Better Call Saul?” And I’d go, “Hey, man, I wish I was. But they’re on hiatus right now”.’
By the time the media had clocked that this was a falsehood, though, El Camino had already wrapped filming. Bob Odenkirk, who plays Walter’s lawyer Saul Goodman in both shows, confirmed this but did not disclose whether he would appear in the film himself. Better Call Saul has gone on to win numerous awards, but still lacks the special ingredient that made its predecessor so addictive.
In case you were wondering, the film’s title refers to the model Chevrolet car that Jesse used to escape from captivity and the end of season 5.
The film is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, who created the original show, and despite initially being sceptical about the resurrection of that universe after such an emotional end to the series, Paul claims that Gilligan’s script was just too good to turn down.
“El Camino was a chapter of [Breaking] Bad I didn’t realise I wanted,'”he said. “And now that I have it, I’m so happy it’s there.”
“I couldn’t speak for a good 30, 60 seconds I was just lost in my thoughts. As the guy who played the guy, I was so happy that Vince wanted to take me on this journey.”
According to the Netflix synopsis, Jesse must ‘come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future’. After the season finale ended with Walt’s supposed death and his escape from Jack’s gang, fans were left desperate to know what the future would hold for young Jesse without his mentor to protect him.
However, speculation is rife that Bryan Cranston will return as much loved Walter in some capacity due to a tweet identical to one sent by Paul on June 25.
It’s possible that the ghost of Walt will come back to guide Jesse through his internal struggle as a member of the criminal underworld in modern-day America.
In the only teaser released by the studio (seen above), Jesse’s friend and former meth-cooking colleague Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) is seen being interrogated by the feds about his old pal’s whereabouts.
‘I don’t know what to tell you. I’ve said, like, five hundred times already,’ says Skinny Pete. ‘I’ve no idea where he is. Don’t know where he’s headed, either. North, west, south, east, Mexico, the moon … I don’t have a clue.
‘But even if I did I wouldn’t tell you.’
It looks like Jesse left serious trouble to run into more, and we can’t wait to see how he gets out of this one.
Netflix teased fans with a trailer for the film and tweeted it will be on the streaming service on 11th October.
Images via AMC
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