An RV, Jack Black and a Journalist
If you’re thinking I am suggesting the use of drugs or turning an RV into a meth lab you are very wrong; what I am suggesting is that I attended the premiere for the final eight episodes of AMC show Breaking Bad.
In short, during the five years of the show’s run, a chemistry teacher diagnosed with stage three cancer decides the only way to provide for his family is to start making and selling meth. The show then follows the results of this choice; complete with high-energy, high-action episodes, it is currently nominated for fourteen Emmy Awards.
There are special moments in life when you know, or at least you think, you have “arrived.”Though it differs for everyone, for me, driving on to the Sony Studios back lot and having a press pass with my name waiting for me was what I considered “arriving.”
Sandwiched between the E! News and KTLA vans, my inconspicuous Nissan did not seem as though it belonged, but as far as the security guard was concerned, I was the star of the show.
The video producer and I from TheWrap (www.thewrap.com) took off toward the black carpet, only finding it due to the line of fifty Wolfgang Puck servers armed with appetizers, waiting for the talent to arrive. At 6:45, fifteen minutes past the scheduled time of arrival, the carpet was empty. This was expected, but what was not expected was the honking of what we thought was a car horn and every photographer collected at the beginning of the carpet.
The entire cast, driven by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul pulled to the edge of the black carpet inside the famous RV (in the show, this is where the meth lab is located), out of which yellow smoke blew out of the top. This was the standard of the evening: fun, celebratory and unexpected.
What struck me about these actors and actresses was their passion for their work, specifically this show. Bryan Cranston said, “I knew when I took this job I would be known for this role…and I’m okay with that.” It’s this sort of passion and genuine friendship that creates the best of products — and in this case, an Emmy award-winning show. It has a special magic, and after speaking with the actors and actresses, one thing is clear: success will come if those involved love what they’re doing.
On television, these types of events seem as though the pressure is high and the security is higher, but truly, they are opportunities for individuals who love their work to talk about it. When the questions aren’t being thrown towards Aaron Paul, he is taking “selfies” with his fellow cast mates and talking to his date. There is little that is out of the ordinary — or so it seems. There are the moments when you realize, that although they’re human, they still interact with high-profile colleagues.
During an interview with Bob Odenkirk, who plays the “fixer” Saul Goodman on the show, he answered a quick phone call from his friend, “JB.” After a short discussion about a comical project, he hung-up and explained that “JB” doesn’t call often, so he tries to always take his calls. He then continued to explain that his friend, “JB” was short for Jack Black. It was then that reality struck, and I realized that although our passions for our work are similar, Jack Black does not call me to chat.
For the fans, the readers, and those interested in what the red carpet final product looks like, here’s a clip from some of the conversations I had with the stars (yes, that is my laugh in the background).
If you’re a fan of “Breaking Bad” or are taking your passions on the road this summer — I want to know! I want to see your photos, hear your stories, and experience your summer, here!