There is no need to provide an introduction for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Statues depicting the eponymous characters from the critically acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad, which dominated television screens for years, may now be found throughout Albuquerque, New Mexico.
On Friday, Sony Pictures and the City of Albuquerque revealed the official bronze sculptures of the two characters that have been gifted to The Duke City by the creator of the series, Vince Gilligan. The statues were made of bronze and stand around six feet tall. Continue reading to view some photographs of the statues.
At the Albuquerque Convention Center, White and Pinkman Statues Were Recently Unveiled
At the Albuquerque Convention Center, the two statues are located in close proximity to one another; additionally, Walter may be seen holding his Heisenberg hat to the side. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Dean Norris, in addition to the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, were present at the event to celebrate the premiere of the show. Additionally present were the Better Call Saul actors Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, and Patrick Fabian, as well as the co-creator of Saul, Peter Gould, and the Mayor of Albuquerque, Tim Keller.
Sculptor Trevor Grove was responsible for creating the statues, each of which weighs 500 pounds, and Sony Pictures Television, who produced the show, generously gave them. Years before, Grove had fashioned a miniature Walter White figurine out of wax, which had caught Gilligan’s eye.
“It was so unbelievable that it just got me to thinking: What if Trevor could sculpt a life-sized version of Walter White in bronze, a medium new to him, and what if he could toss in Jesse Pinkman to boot, and then we donate to the two statues to the city of Albuquerque as a thank-you for your hospitality?” Gilligan asked. “It was so unbelievable that it just got me to thinking: What if Trevor could sculpt a
“Allow me to tell you what comes to mind when I look at these two pieces of art: I see two of the most talented performers that the United States of America has ever produced. The following is what he had to say next: “I view them in character as two larger-than-life tragic individuals, cautionary tales, and world-famous ones at that.”
During his speech during the event, Paul became overcome with emotion
During his speech to the audience at the unveiling event, Aaron Paul, who played the role of Jesse Pinkman, became visibly moved. The actor remarked, “I’ve missed all of you so very much.” He went on to say that the AMC show was the one that had kept his career alive.
Paul shared his story, saying, “I auditioned for Breaking Bad, and it dramatically altered the course of my life.” Therefore, many thanks to you, and thanks to Albuquerque — my God, we spent a total of seven years living here on and off. It had such a significant role in my life, and it still does.
While doing so, Cranston cracked jokes and made fun of his co-star. He responded, “This has the effect of humbling us. The fact that we have sculptures of you makes us incredibly happy, if not a little embarrassed (Aaron). And when they first came to me and told that they wanted to construct two sculptures of me, I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s amazing, Heisenberg and Walter White!”
Better Call Saul has recast both Cranston and Paul in their respective roles
It was announced earlier this year that both of the aforementioned performers would make an appearance in some capacity during the penultimate season of Better Call Saul. Now, it is quite likely that they will make an appearance in the next episode of ‘Breaking Bad,’ which is scheduled to air soon.
During the course of the event, Vince made a special announcement in which he stated, “Spoiler alert, everybody. You are the first person to hear it; currently, no one else is aware of this. If you chance to be watching the AMC network this coming Monday night — and thanks to them as well — you might just see these two in the next episode of Better Call Saul.