Furthermore | Say my name: Breaking Bad Goes Bronze


Yes, Mister White! Yes, science! And now yes, art! Including every conceivable discrepancy, Albuquerque this weekend unveiled two larger-than-life bronze statues, appropriately threatening to pay homage to the imaginative, iconic, captivating and beloved city… Too bad. If you’re still (understandably) under that rock: On AMC’s 2008-2013 solo show—and still enthusiastically watched, discussed, and re-watched—Bryan Cranston plays Walter White, a frustrated high school chemistry teacher. who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, turns to cooking methamphetamine as a way to support his family once he’s gone. In his new role, he enlists Jesse Pinkman, a lost boy and drug dealer with a patina played by Aaron Paul, to help him navigate the city’s criminal underworld. From this bleak premise sprouts Vince Gilligan’s vaguely funny, improbably poignant, and always surprising marvel of writing, acting, directing, cinematography, and music that set a new quirky, majestic and surprisingly loud new bar – and gave birth to two of the most iconic characters of all time – in the drama. American. So do they consider BB to be frantically majestic Ozymandias Episode “Humanity’s Greatest Achievement”. Full disclosure: Yes, we love it.

Too bad Characterized by his cerebral attention to detail – knowledge of alchemy, assists Walt Whitman and the table of elements – Byzantine plot twists – an early, frightening shot of a burning pink bear’s eye in a pool is highlighted, repetition, and many episodes later, finally deciphered as a symbol of moral decadence – and his multi-layered main characters and morally resilient, which, in their relationship to each other and the world, develops, and often does, in confusing ways that flip words like “bad” and “good” on their ambiguous heads. In Walter White’s story, he transforms from a clever, cool, and meek maniac who admits he’s been afraid for most of his life to the psychopathic Heisenberg—know you know—whose meticulously designed “product” leads him to brag that he’s not so into the methamphetamine trade but the “business of the empire” and in the end, He shouts loudly, “I A.m danger. Jesse is often childlike, smart but vulnerable, being more explicit: ‘We make poison for people who don’t care – we probably have the most selective clients in the world. “His volatile partnership with (always)” Mr. White ‘moves out of disdain–‘ Like, I came begging you to cook meth, huh? “Hey, old man I know, do you want to come over to cook the crystal?” – To rejoice at his rare victories – “Yes, bitch! A magnet!” – To hate: “Mr. White – he is the devil. You know he is.”

Deservedly, the statues Gilligan and Sony Pictures just gifted to town are larger than life-size and looming in sinister poses. Walter, in particular, looks amazingly life-like right down to his stupid, fatherless home. He carries a Heisenberg ham pie hat at his side. “For 15 years…Albuquerque has been great for us,” Gilligan said. “I wanted to return the favor and return the favor.” Commissioned by Gilligan and created by a California sculptor Trevor Grove, the statues were a statement Friday; Writer/director Tom Schnauz tweeted a fan photo with “Look who I found in Albuquerque.” The location is predetermined: Cranston and Paul both have homes there; Over five seasons of stunning visuals, the city has played its vital and supporting role in the show; It has in turn become a “mobile billboard” for tourism and the film industry in a state with the highest unemployment rate in the country. The city offers a slew of BB-themed events and tours—including a replica of the ripped RV that was the first meth lab—the state’s film and television industry has set a new production record, and Mayor Tim Keller has praised the $385 million economic impact. It brought in “every day” jobs, and locals love it, “The city is also personal. We see ourselves in so many ways, good and bad.”

Bad, dark, disturbing juxtaposition: All the Hoopla celebrates two young men who cook and crystal-deal with methamphetamine in a setting who struggle with real-life drug addiction and its impact. New Mexico has the highest overdose death rates in the country, and the rise in meth and fentanyl overdoses is now overtaking heroin and other opioids as the cause of death. Says one senator, “I’m glad New Mexico got this business, but really? We’re going down the path of glorifying methamphetamine makers?” Gilligan – which has an equally awesome BB spin-off The best of Saul on demand Also, sadly, drug dealers are depicted in Albuquerque – and it is estimated that statues celebrating these vicious losers “would not be universally cherished.” “Some people will say, ‘Wow, just what our city needs,'” he acknowledges. However, he argues, his work showcases “two of the best actors America has ever produced” as “two tragic, larger-than-life characters – cautionary tales.” Art vs. Reality : At the unveiling ceremony, the artist Cranston offered gentle sage thoughts: He was humbled by the idea of ​​two statues–“Wow, great, Heisenberg and Walter White!”–and glad they would be inside “so that the pigeons wouldn’t blow our heads.” The deranged tyrant who snarled was gone, “We’re done when I say we’re done” and even the debilitated methamphetamine king, finally honest: “You did it for me. I loved him. I was good at it. Damn straight up,” said fans, who now want a statue of Jimmy McGill, Howard, and Gus Fring. “Oh my God, this is literally the best thing ever,” one wrote. “Holy.”

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