Everyone loves Breaking Bad and everyone loves Jesse Pinkman and everyone loves Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. Hell, there probably wouldn’t even BE a Jesse Pinkman really without Aaron Paul.
But what if somebody else had played the role of Jesse Pinkman? Would the show have been as good? Would the Walt/Jesse dynamic have been as powerful? We’ll never know because there’s no way to have watched the show with someone else playing the role BUT what we can do is check out Aaron Paul’s audition tape for Breaking Bad and see how close he came to not actually getting the role.
Of course, the answer is not close at all because he absolutely nailed it. You can watch about 5 seconds of this and just know that Aaron Paul was born to play the role of Jesse Pinkman. Sure, Bryan Cranston isn’t there and it’s just some lame showrunner reading Walt’s part but Aaron Paul absolutely nails it. Obviously we’re all accustomed to seeing him BE Jesse Pinkman now but even back then you can just see it. The only difference is that he had a lot more hair back then.
Check out the video below:
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