Which Breaking Bad Character Was Created Due to a Scheduling Conflict?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV LEGEND: One of the classic members of the Breaking Bad franchise was only created because a scheduling conflict didn’t allow one of the other characters on the show to do a particular scene.

One of the most famous legends out there, so famous that I’ve avoided using it here (since they talk about it ALL the time, it seems) is that Jesse Pinkman, practically the co-lead of the Breaking Bad TV series, was going to be killed off at the end of Season 1, but the writers liked Aaron Paul’s portrayal of the character so much that they changed their minds and kept him.

However, interesting serendipity was ALSO responsible for the creation of one of the most famous members of the show’s awesome cast (okay, actually, now that I think about it, scheduling was sort of behind the creation of another notable character – maybe I’ll feature the other one here in the future).

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Which 1980s Teen Stars Had to Turn Down Breaking Bad Before Bryan Cranston Had His Shot?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Bryan Cranston only got the role of Walter White on Breaking Bad after two other movie actors turned the role down.

Something that keeps coming up in Legends Revealed is the surprising amount of obstacles that were in the way of many famous actors getting their iconic roles, from Pierce Brosnan as Remington Steele to Harrison Ford as Han Solo to Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, it sometimes seems like it is a minor miracle that anyone gets cast at all!

Similarly, many things had to go right for Bryan Cranston to be cast as Walter White on the hit series Breaking Bad, including two famous 1980s film actors both turning the role down before executives would even consider Cranston!
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