One of the more anticipated shows set to debut this year, AMC's Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, continues to add to its cast, with former Breaking Bad alum Jonathan Banks joining series star Bob Odenkirk to reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut. However, now it seems as though the long rumored Jesse Pinkman cameo could be inching closer to fruition.
According to actor Aaron Paul, he has had "serious talks" with Breaking Bad creator and Better Call Saul producer Vince Gilligan about a role on the series, something that seems to appeal to Paul's sense of loyalty and a want to revisit the version of Pinkman that was unspoiled by Walter White's "empire business."
Here's a quote from Paul, featured in an interview published by the AP:
"Anything Vince is involved with, I'm there, [...] I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days — because it's all a prequel — it would be fun."
You'll recall that, in the days before Walter White (Bryan Cranston, whose own possible interest in a cameo is still only a rumor) morphed into Heisenberg and took Pinkman for the ride of his life, Jesse Pinkman was a slacker small time meth dealer who went by the street name, Captain Cook. A reappearance by Pinkman would seem to make returns for Badger (Matt Jones) and Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) seem possible, but right now that is just speculation.
While revisiting Jesse and potentially his friends would be a hefty dose of fan service from Gilligan and showrunner Peter Gould, one has to wonder if it's really right for the series and the actor. Better Call Saul is already going to be saddled with a heavy load of expectation as viewers clamor to see how closely it will resemble its enviable predecessor; trotting out a parade of familiar guest stars won't help the show create that space and its own identity.
The same can be said for Paul, who is going to be closely associated with Breaking Bad for as long as it takes for him to find another signature role - something he is trying to do with Need for Speed and his upcoming role in Exodus - and that's to say nothing of the argument that a return might somehow minimize the impact of Paul's final, cathartic scene in Breaking Bad.
That may be what's behind Dean Norris' decision to shoot down any possible return for his character, Hank Schrader, who exited the show in a memorable fashion. To refresh your memory, here's Norris' previous remark about leaving the past alone:
"I think that experience was that experience. I'm not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it's going to be awesome. So I can't wait to see it."
What do you think? Is Aaron Paul smart to be open to an appearance on Better Call Saul as Jesse Pinkman? Is Dean Norris right to move on? Let us know in the comments section.
Better Call Saul is expected to begin airing November 2014 on AMC.
Source: US News