Aaron Paul says 'talk to my therapist' about his roles as people say Black Mirror episode had 'darkest ending ever'
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From the 20-something drug dealer Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad to Caleb Nichols in Westworld - it's clear Aaron Paul isn't one to shy away from some pretty heavy roles.
The official Netflix synopsis for the episode, Beyond the Sea, reads: "In an alternative 1969, two men on a perilous high-tech mission wrestle with the consequences of an unimaginable tragedy."
The newest installment has clearly gone down a right treat with fans hailing the new season as the best of the series so far.
However, it's clear that such demanding roles clearly come at a cost with Paul opening up about his somewhat emotionally-taxing roles in his jam-packed filmography.
Speaking to The Guardian, Paul revealed he regularly does 'social media detoxes' warning any doom-scrollers out there that 'we need to be cautious'.
Talking about the 'dangers' of technology, Paul continued: "Just look at the dangers of AI … Some of it’s cool, I guess?"
I reckon he's on about the viral video that sees AI recreates Harry Potter where everyone is ripped, possibly the generated images showing what the 'perfect' man and woman look like or even the imagining of what UK cities will look like in the year 2050.
He went on: "But we’re playing with fire. It’s hard for me not to think that the Amish community has their finger on the pulse. "Keep it simple. Do things with your hands. Live off the land. There’s something nice about that."
Talking about the new release of Apple Vision Pro - the new augmented reality headset - Paul said: "It’s terrifying to me. I don’t know why everything needs to be documented at all times, always."
He added: "The thing is, the younger generation were born into it. They don’t have a choice because this is all they know.
"I see these young kids and they are always on their phones, and you get them on a table together and they don’t know how to communicate with each other in a real life, personal, face-to-face way."
The haunting similarities between Black Mirror and real-life is exactly why Paul 'loves' Brooker's work.
"That’s one of the reasons that I love these worlds. Charlie [Brooker] is such a genius," he said.
"He’s able to shape such beautiful warning signs for us."
I would go for 'extremely stressful and somewhat nauseating' but each to their own I guess.
Paul has been embodying the turbulent and dramatic lives of on-screen fan-favourites for years now and it makes you wonder why we've yet to see him in a comedy or romance flick yet.
When asked about his choice of acting roles and why he commonly finds himself portraying some pretty deep characters, Paul joked: "You’d need to talk to my therapist about that."
He admitted: "I just don’t find myself funny.
"Being a comedic actor is extremely hard. With that said, if I gravitated towards a funny script, I think I’d lean in … I like to be challenged.
"I love to play characters that are dealing with a lot of conflict. It gives me something to sink my teeth into."
While his performances centre around darker themes and more disturbing subject matter - it's clear that Paul's everyday life is miles away from any of that.
Black Mirror season six is available to stream on Netflix.