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"Breaking Bad" Pilot (TV Episode 2008) Poster

(TV Series)

(2008)

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The character Emilio was originally written to be Mexican-American. But after Japanese-American John Koyama was cast in the role, the character was rewritten to be of Japanese heritage.
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A professor at the University of Southern California gave Bryan Cranston lessons in chemistry basics for the series, so Cranston was able to correct some writer's mistakes. An actual DEA agent showed the crew and the cast how to make crystal meth. However, some steps were always omitted from the filming to avoid anyone using the show as a "how to" guide.
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A plaque on the wall of Walt's home says he did research in proton radiography in 1985 that contributed to someone's Nobel Prize win. The winners of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Chemistry were Herbert Hauptman and Jerome Karle who won for their development of methods to determine crystal structures.
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In the very beginning of the opening credits, the formula and molecular weight of Methamphetamine - C 10 H 15 N and 149.24 , flash on the screen.
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The show was originally planned to take place in Riverside, CA, but was moved to New Mexico because the state offered an attractive tax rebate on production.
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Bryan Cranston sat in on numerous classroom sessions at Rio Rancho High School to develop his character.
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Bryan Cranston greatly impressed Vince Gilligan with the lack of vanity he brought to playing Walter White from the very first day of filming. His two major contributions to this in the pilot were A) having Walter wear faded, stained, unflattering white jockey shorts and B) growing a very thin, pathetic moustache. Cranston later explained the reason for the former is that Walter was so miserable that even his underwear would be pathetic, and the latter highlighted the pointlessness of his entire life because there was no point in even having a moustache if it was that wispy and embarrassing.
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The school Walter teaches at was filmed in Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, NM, a suburb of Albuquerque. Minor alterations to the school were made such as replacing the whiteboards in the classrooms with blackboards and the use of attendance bells.
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Originally aired with no commercial breaks
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Gave Bryan Cranston his first acting Emmy Award.
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During the Walt's surprise party, Hank stands up to toast and takes Walt's drink out of his hand to raise. This was Bryan Cranston's idea.
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One touch that Bryan Cranston wanted and got for Walter White's first appearance was for Walter to have a thin, ugly-looking moustache. Cranston's reasoning was that it would be striking for someone who didn't have classic rugged facial hair to pathetically try to look manly by having a moustache, but would be wasting his time even bothering to try if that end result was the best he could do.
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The production team hired not only a DEA chemist but also street "cookers" to get the look exactly right for the shows first cook. Vince Gilligan stated "We had a DEA chemist cook us a batch and showed it to us in time lapse on his laptop" so they could get the intricacies correct.
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Around minute 9, as we first see Walter as a car wash worker, Bogdan is in the background speaking angrily on the phone in Romanian. He says, "What I said, you idiot, is you have to be here at 8 in the morning. You make me sick! Go to hell!"
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The actress who portrays the woman in a green dress at the car wash Walt glimpses before fainting was actually only 17 at the time of filming. There was even a deleted scene in which she drives away but due to her age another actor had to actually drive the car.
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Aaron Hill, who portrays the jock that teases Walt Jr, appeared briefly in Malcom in the Middle, the show Bryan Cranston was previously known for.
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Walter turns 50 years old and his wife Skylar is only age 38. Bryan Cranston is also 12 years older than Anna Gunn.
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