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Aaron Paul Discusses His Role In Dual As Well As His Return To Jesse Pinkman – Exclusive Interview

You’re set to make your return as Jesse Pinkman in the final season of “Better Call Saul,” what was it like to step into those shoes once again?

I learned that the cat was out of the bag when I was going to the premiere party of the [final] season of “Better Caul Saul.” Right when I arrived, some friends of mine from the PR side approached me as I was getting out of the car. They’re like, “Hey, just so you know, Vince [Gilligan] and Peter [Gould] alluded to the fact that you guys were going to be in the show.” I was like, “What? Okay, cool.” With that said, I love not keeping secrets. I love talking about it. It’s cool. It gets people excited. I could not be more excited. I’m such a huge fan of “Better Call Saul.”

I feel blessed to be a big part of that universe that Vince created with “Breaking Bad,” and now Vince and Peter with the rest of the writers with “Better Call Saul.” I’m very excited for people to see what Bryan [Cranston] and I are doing, what we’re up to.

What was it like to work with Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk and just the old “Breaking Bad” crew again?

I’m not giving anything away, but it was great to get back out to Albuquerque and so much of the same crew from “Breaking Bad” is doing “Better Call Saul.” It was so beautiful to play around with them again. They’re truly my family and I feel so blessed to have that job [as] part of my life. It really is such a blessing. [I] couldn’t be more thrilled to zip on that skin again.

Can you talk about any other projects you have coming up?

I finished the latest season of “Westworld” at the end of [2021]. That’ll come out sometime this year, probably midyear. I’m taking the rest of this year off and the early part of next year, and focusing on my family. Bryan Cranston and I started a mezcal company. We’ve been working on it for about six years now. We started it. The idea/seed was planted [while he] and I were having dinner in New York having sushi. We were trying to come up with something to do together, and it was only three years post the finale of “Breaking Bad.” I thought it was a little too early to share the screen or share the stage.

I said, “Well, what do you think about going into the booze business?” He kind of laughed at me and I go, “No, man, I’m being serious. What do you think about mezcal?” The seed was planted then, and then it started growing. It was all self-funded from the very beginning. This is such a labor of love. It’s a full time job. It really is. We hire every single person ourselves and [are] extremely proud of the growth that we’ve had so far and the road ahead. I like to say I’m focusing on family and booze, and definitely in that order.

“Dual” is now playing in theaters. New episodes of the final season of “Better Call Saul” air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.



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