After what felt like an eternity, fans were finally given
a follow-up to Breaking Bad with last year’s impressive El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
Picking things up with Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman, the
Netflix feature highlighted what happened in the immediate aftermath of
Breaking Bad and beyond. For Jesse, this involved going on the run and
desperately trying to find a wad of cash that would allow him to start a new
Now while Aaron Paul was indeed back in the Breaking Bad
saddle, one fan-pleasing surprise to turn up in El Camino was Bryan Cranston’s
To get around the small matter of Walter White being dead,
El Camino treated audiences to a flashback in which Heisenberg and Jesse chew the fat
Bryan Cranston returning to his most iconic of roles may
have been brilliant to see, yet it was a far more painstaking process than one
might first imagine.
Due to Cranston starring in the Broadway production of
Network during the filming of El Camino, the actor was only afforded a 36-hour window
between performances in which to shoot his Walter White appearance.
While a private plane helped to jettison Cranston in and out
of El Camino in between his Broadway turns, there was still the matter of the
actor’s physical appearance.
Unable to shave his head or grow a moustache due to his
Network commitments, Cranston had to don a bald cap and face facial fuzz. Even
that in itself produced problems, mind, for the bald cap didn’t sit well on
Bryan Cranston’s head due to the full head of hair he still obviously had. And
thus, some digital wizardry was required to make sure that the noggin of Walter
White looked perfect.
All in all, the transformation from Bryan Cranston to Walter White took a staggering five hours!
So, the next time you revisit El Camino, just spare a moment for the logistical nightmare that was Walter White's brief, five-minute return.
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