Bronze statues of legendary meth cooks Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were installed Friday at an Albuquerque convention center to celebrate the television series. breaking bad and his entertainment legacywinning plaudits in a city that played its own gritty supporting role.
Local politicians, including Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, mingled with the stars of breaking bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and director Vince Gilligan to help reveal the artwork, donated by Gilligan and Sony Pictures.
The 2008-2013 show and its ongoing prequel Better Call Saul helped spark a renaissance in filmmaking in New Mexicowhile also getting closer to Albuquerque’s real-life struggles with drug addiction and crime.
Gilligan said he recognized that the statues of “two infamous, fictional methamphetamine dealers” will not be universally appreciated in New Mexico.
“In all seriousness, no doubt some people are going to say, ‘Wow, just what our city needed.’ And I get it,” Gilligan said. “I see two of the best actors America has ever produced. I see them, in character, as two larger-than-life tragic figures, cautionary tales.”
Still present on Netflix, breaking bad from AMC follows the fictional underworld journey of a high school science teacher, played by Cranston, and a former student, played by Paul, as they team up to produce and distribute methamphetamine amid violent cliffhanger. plot twists.
The show and its iconic lead characters are already depicted on airport t-shirts and merchandise, while tour guides in Albuquerque take fans to former filming locations in a replica of the show’s RV that doubled as a meth lab. .
Statues cause controversy
Republican state Rep. Rod Montoya of Farmington said he admires Cranston as an actor, but the statues draw the wrong attention.
“I’m glad New Mexico has the business, but really?” Montoya said. “Are we going down the path of literally glorifying meth manufacturers?”
also cquestioned the logic of the tribute after Albuquerque in June 2020 removed a statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate.
Protesters attempted to tear down the bronze work of art in denouncement of Oñate’s brutal treatment of Native Americans approximately 500 years ago. A fight that broke out at the protest resulted in shots being fired, injuring one man.
New Mexico politicians, including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, have pinned their hopes on the film industry to boost economic opportunity in a state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
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