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Jesse Plemons Speaks Out About Role In El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

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Jesse Plemons Speaks Out About Role In El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Jesse Plemons has spoken out about his role in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.

Before we crack on, if you've not seen the film yet, here's an official SPOILER ALERT to warn you to go no further.


Right, as you probably know by now, Plemons stars alongside Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, and Krysten Ritter in the Netflix movie, which follows on directly from the end of the smash AMC series Breaking Bad.


Whilst much has been made of the way things look all these years after the series wrapped, we're not going to get into that. Also, Plemons' character Todd Alquist died in the series, but returned in flashback form for the new movie, anyway.

Instead, Plemons gave an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he discussed what it was like to inhabit the role of sociopathic spider-keeper Todd again, why he decided to come back, and even how Vince Gilligan - the show's creator - approached him.

On that last front, Plemons said: "I was working in Atlanta. I had received a few missed calls from a number I didn't know.

"I finally picked it up, expecting a telemarketer, but it was Vince and Melissa.


"They didn't tell me anything, except that there was a movie happening, and they wanted me to come and read the script when I had a chance. It was out of the blue. I never expected to get that call, for sure. I went into their office in Toluca Lake, sat in this little room and read the script, and was just blown away.

"I don't know, I had felt like everything was covered in the series. I didn't know I was missing something with Jesse [Pinkman, Paul's character] and Todd. But, it really did give a deeper insight into that complicated relationship. It was so much fun to read, and so much fun to make."

So, why now? What brought everyone back for a movie after all of this time?

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. Credit: Netflix
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. Credit: Netflix

Plemons continued: "I don't know, it [the ending] seemed pretty tidy to me.

"He got a pretty deserving death at the hands of Jesse, and that was it for me. He's dead.

"Fans of the show would ask me if anyone from Better Call Saul ever reached out to me. In my mind, that timeline wouldn't work out, unless it was a much younger version of Todd, and I don't think I'd be able to play that.

"So, it was a surprise on all fronts to come back for this. I was pretty nervous to try and capture him again, because it was such a long time ago. It took a day or so, but Todd was still in there, I guess - which was fun to realise."


Finally, there's one scene that those who've watched El Camino probably want some extra information on. Todd, driving Jesse through the desert in the trunk of the car, singing along to Dr Hook's 1978 hit 'Sharing The Night Together'.

Plemons added: "I had talked to Vince about that scene quite a bit. We wondered if Todd was a terrible singer, or maybe he's okay. We landed on 'well, maybe he's okay!'

"Again, it was about thinking of Todd on his best day. When I realised there was a semi-truck passing me on the road, I had flashbacks to taking road trips as a kid and what that felt like.


"I assumed Vince would say [Todd signalling for the truck driver to honk] was a really funny idea, and maybe we could try it once, but let's not do it more than that...but they really liked it."

There you have it, El Camino fans.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is available on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, US News, US Entertainment, Netflix

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