31 posts tagged Aaron Paul
NEED FOR SPEED
Apparently Aaron Paul just can’t stop breaking bad. He stars in the film adaptation of the popular video game series Need for Speed, alongside Dominic Cooper, Michael Keaton, Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi. Paul will play an ex-convict who seeks revenge after being framed by a former partner. The trailer doesn’t reveal much, but it does set the tone for the Scott Waugh-directed film. Waugh, whose first feature-length film was last year’s Navy SEALs flick Act of Valor, also has some experience doing stunts for high octane flicks like Torque and The Italian Job. Need for Speed zooms into theaters in March 2014.
That episode of Breaking Bad hurt. It hurt so good.
AARON PAUL’S BREAKING BAD AUDITION
Still reeling from last night’s epic Breaking Bad episode? Then I’m sure you don’t need a reminder that Aaron Paul is a fantastic actor who brings a lot of heart and depth to the role of Jesse Pinkman. Check out this video of the audition that won him the role of everyone’s favorite troubled meth dealer.
A snippet of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul’s reddit AMA, in which he answers fun questions like these and proceeds to call everyone ‘bitch’.
Bless this man. Read the full thread in all its glory here.
MYTHBUSTERS BREAKING BAD SPECIAL: CRYSTAL MYTHS
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul team up with the Mythbusters to recreate some of the AMC show’s most memorable shenanigans, which include dissolving a whole bathtub with hydrofluoric acid and using mercury fulminate as an impact explosion. Naturally, hilarity and awesomeness ensue, because YEAH! SCIENCE!
NEED FOR SPEED
From cooking meth to racing cars, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul trades in one drug for another in the film adaptation of the popular video game Need for Speed. This video gives viewers an inside look at what to expect from the adrenaline-fueled action movie. It will also star Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi and is slated for release in Spring 2014.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul star in this booze-binging bad romance from filmmaker-to-watch James Ponsoldt. Young couple Kate and Charlie always have a grand old time drinking and partying. Somehow they’ve found a synergy in their alcohol and occasional drug-induced stupors. When Kate (who teaches math to first graders) shows up to class hung over and throwing up, it marks the start of a series of wake-up calls that forces her to reevaluate her life and choices. Kate gets help in AA but quickly realizes that it’s difficult for her to climb those twelve steps when her partner is more toxic than the booze she’s trying so desperately to avoid. Ponsoldt’s film is heartbreaking, sweet and sad, featuring brilliant performances from both Winstead and Paul. The film also stars Megan Mullally, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman and Kyle Gallner.
First and foremost, Winstead is exquisite in the role of restless Kate. Her performance never came off like an act and there was none of the overaffected dramatization that usually comes with an actor trying to portray an alcoholic. When her character finally acknowledged her alcoholism, the defeated look on her face was enough to convey to audiences the embarrassment she felt in her admission. All the stages of dealing with alcoholism were present, but never in endless or unnecessary exposition. Instead, Ponsoldt used Winstead’s great acting range to show things like denial, bargaining and acceptance. Winstead was really impressive in this film and I hope to see her in more of these types of challenging roles. As for Kate’s not-so-better half, there couldn’t have been a more perfect Charlie than Aaron Paul, whose work in Breaking Bad has equipped him with experience that enables him to show off really subtle but strong performances. His chemistry with Winstead leapt off the screen and there was an obvious comfort level between the two actors that made their romance endearing to watch. Paul is effortlessly charming, so it wasn’t a stretch to imagine him in the role of the facetious Charlie.
Alcoholism has been portrayed so many times and in so many different ways on film before, but Smashed is like a breath of fresh air. There’s something different about this story, and unlike most tales involving battles with liquor, its protagonist’s plight is neither maudlin nor desperate for sympathy, which makes it all the more heart-wrenching. I liked that it explored the different journeys of the two lovers, expounding on the oft-told warning about what happens when one half of a couple sobers up. I do wish, however, that the film spent more time exploring the distance that can develop when only one person in the relationship seems to be moving forward. I also thought there wasn’t enough devoted to showing how all-consuming this kind of relationship can be. For some reason I wanted to see “Love the Way You Lie”-type passion between Kate and Charlie, which I felt would have helped the audience understand how difficult it is to be part of a relationship that feels so good yet is so bad for you. This particular aspect sort of hit home for me, so I had wanted to see this play out a little bit more on screen, however this is but a minor quibble.
As for the rest of the cast, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally were pretty entertaining. Both provided light touches to the film that weren’t overdone and that fit in well with the rest of the material. I liked the sort of wistful ending of the film, too and thought it left audiences wanting more in just the right way. I also liked that the film doesn’t paint sobriety as the rosy picture that it is often depicted to be. It showcases the painstaking work that goes into staying sober while also ridding your life of anchors that may weigh you down. The movie also had a lot of well-composed shots and great lighting, both combining to give off this vibe of a terrible hangover one gets after an exhilarating night of partying. I would recommend Smashed to those who liked Blue Valentine or Leaving Las Vegas. I am excited to see Ponsold’t upcoming film The Spectacular Now, which will also feature Mary Elizabeth Winstead.