How is this substance abuser different from his 'Breaking Bad' substance abuser?
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The other day, I posted the chunk of my conversation with Aaron Paul that focused more on his Emmy-winning AMC dramedy "Breaking Bad" than on his well-regarded Sundance dramedy "Smashed."
Today, I'm posting the longer portion of the interview focusing on "Smashed." You'll discover pretty quickly that it's almost impossible to talk "Smashed" with Aaron Paul without also discussing "Breaking Bad."
In "Smashed," Paul plays a jovial alcoholic who proves to be an emotional liability for his equally booze-loving wife (the excellent Mary Elizabeth Winstead) when she decides to go clean.
Other than a focus on addiction, Paul's "Smashed" character has little in common with Jesse Pinkman, but "addiction" isn't exactly a tiny similarity.
In our chat, Paul discusses the difficulties finding feature scripts that live up to the standards set by "Breaking Bad," his reservations about returning to addiction and his very different approach to his "Smashed" character.
Check it out...