Breaking Bad: Cast talk about challenging scenes they had to film (Spoilers)

by Martin


Breaking Bad is almost over and what a ride it has been. The hit AMC show has ran for five seasons and now there are just four episodes left.

Before going ahead this post may contain spoilers about episodes you may not have seen yet so if you don’t want to find anything out (it may only be a minor part of the story) then I wouldn’t click into the post. I don’t want to ruin anything.

Breaking Bad began in 2008 and follows the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher who finds out he has lung cancer.

In an effort to provide for his family Walt and an ex student turn to a life of crime and drug production as the pair market the worlds purest form of crystal meth.

The stars of the show have spoken to Entertainment Weekly about scenes they found most challenging to film and it’s an interesting read.

Remember, if you’ve got this far then I’ll assume you won’t mind seeing spoilers.


Bryan Cranston who plays ‘Walter White’

Cranston spoke briefly about the scene where ‘Jane’ (Jesses girlfriend in season 2) chokes on her own vomit and how he just watched her die but he chose something different

The actor chose the scene where Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul) kidnap criminal attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and force him into digging his own grave:

“It was like 9 degrees without the windchill factor, and it was really windy, and sand was kicking up and blowing in our faces,” said Cranston.

“I’m supposed to hold the gun out and I’m so cold that I’m shaking, and I’m like ‘Oh my god…’ That was probably the toughest scene to do.”


Aaron Paul who plays  ‘Jesse Pinkman’

The actor who plays Walt’s partner in crime spoke about how his toughest scene to film was for an episode that has yet to air yet.

Instead chose the scene which Bryan Cranston spoke briefly about – where Jesse wakes up next to his girlfriend (Jane) who has choked to death on her own vomit:

“Emotionally that was the hardest place to go to,” said Paul. “It was not a fun day. Playing Jesse, I don’t draw upon any of my past experiences, I just try to force myself to believe what’s actually happening.”

“That is why that scene was so rough, because I put myself in Jesse’s position and I forced myself to make myself believe that my girlfriend was there dead in front of me, desperately trying to wake her up, and all of this guilt inside saying, ‘I did this, I did this.’”


Anna Gunn who plays ‘Skyler White’ (Walt’s wife)

Unlike Aaron and Bryan the actress who plays Skyler White doesn’t go too far back in the future to pick her most difficult scene.

Gunn goes back to the second half of the current season where Skyler admits the truth to her sister Marie who in turn slaps Skyler and the pair then get into struggle after Marie tries to take baby Holly (the White’s youngest).

“For Skyler, the worst thing that she could have imagined was for her sister to find out,” said Gunn. “And the worst thing about it was that she could not tell her sister, who is the closest person in the world to her: ‘But listen to the story. Listen to what’s really going on.’ Because to say anything would be to implicate her self, to implicate Walt, to get them further into trouble…. She just had to sit there and take it.”

“But then to have her sister think she was such an awful person, that she had to remove her child from the house, is every mother’s nightmare. It was just an extremely hard scene to shoot.”

“We had to shoot with what we call the dummy baby, the rubber baby. But then occasionally for close-ups, we did put the real baby in.”

“And just the idea of any kind of struggle going on between two sisters over a child — you don’t have to stretch very far for that to affect you. It was hard for us to maintain our composure throughout the day. And it’s just heartbreaking because those sisters are like war buddies. They were tremendously close and bonded, so for them to be torn apart like that was excruciating.”

If you want to read the rest of the interview and see what the rest of the cast chose as their most difficult scenes then head on over to Entertainment Weekly for the full round-up.

While you’re here why not watch this fun little video which imagines if Breaking Bad had been a sitcom on the ABC network.