Video: Anna Gunn Gave Walter White A Handjob During Her Audition For Breaking Bad

Remember that scene in the early seasons of Breaking Bad where Skyler White gives Walter White a handjob without ever taking her eyes off her Ebay auction? As it turns out, that’s one of the scenes the producers of Breaking Bad had Anna Gunn do when she was auditioning for the role. And what a wonderful job she did!

Watching the video, I’m struck by what a huge difference a tiny tweak in tone can make. In this audition, Anna plays the situation for laughs, and the giggling casting people egg her on. If you only watched this audition tape, you might even mistake Breaking Bad for a comedy. Of course, what the show actually turned out to be was something much darker and more depressing. Sure, it’s darkly funny to watch them engage in this kind of perfunctory hand sex, but it’s also really, really sad. Absent a laugh track and humorous vibe, the scene transforms into just another sad example of the emasculating suburban life that Walt decides to leave behind for a life of drug dealing and “being the danger.”

Dean Norris‘ audition reel for the part of Hank is even more wacky, with Hank acting more like a cartoonish caricature of a cop by saying some super racist cop things:

I’m glad they made him a better, more sympathetic character on the show.

Aaron Paul, on the other hand, seems pretty close to how the Jesse Pinkman character turned out, although he had a bit of dumbing down and “yo-ing” left to do:

Watching this early scene now, it seems like Jesse was onto something when he asked Walt what his real reasons were for suddenly “breaking bad” and becoming a meth dealer, and the line “you’re nothing like I remember you from class line” is telling as well. The DNA for Walt’s downfall was already fully present at the very beginning of the show. If only Jesse had pushed Walt a little harder about what he meant by “I’m awake,” he might have avoided a whole lot of trouble.

(Via Uproxx)

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