View the Walt and Jesse statues from “Breaking Bad” that are now located in Albuquerque

Over the years, Breaking Bad won numerous awards at the Emmys. It's time to erect statues of the film's two leading figures.

At the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday, bronze statues depicting former chemistry instructor and meth dealer Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his associate/former pupil Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) were revealed. As you can see, Walt stands closely next to Jesse while holding his Heisenberg pork pie hat at his side. (The fly is not immortalised.)

Cranston, Paul, and Dean Norris from the television series Bad, as well as Vince Gilligan, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, and Patrick Fabian from the television series Better Call Saul, Saul co-creator Peter Gould, and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller were there. The AMC drama's producer, Sony Pictures Television, donated the 500-pound statues, which were made by sculptor Trevor Grove.

Grove had made a miniature Walt wax figurine as fan art more than ten years ago, and Gilligan was made aware of it. The two statues would then be given to the city of Albuquerque as a token of gratitude for their hospitality, says Gilligan. "It was so amazing 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 throw in Jesse Pinkman to boot?"

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As the artist cracked a joke about sculptures of "He added: "In all seriousness, some people are going to think, 'Wow, just what our city needed.'" In reference to the "fictional meth traffickers" donated to the city. I comprehend. However, allow me to describe what I perceive when I examine these two pieces of art: I recognise two of America's best actors ever. They come across to me as two sad, larger-than-life people who serve as cautionary tales—and world-famous ones at that."

There is no denying the impact that the television shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have had on the area's economy and tourism. According to the mayor's office, the franchise has contributed $385 million to New Mexico's economy.

Paul informed the crowd, "I've missed you guys so much." The actor gushed that this experience and show had "saved" his career, warning that he would become emotional in the process. He had been struggling so much professionally that he had to beg his parents for money to pay his rent. He claimed that the Breaking Bad audition "absolutely changed my life." "Therefore, a heartfelt thank you to Albuquerque is in order. My God, we lived here intermittently for seven years. It still plays a sizable role in my life."

Then his co-star arrived with lots of jokes. Cranston said, "We're humbled by this. "We're happy to have sculptures of you but also a little embarrassed. Wow, amazing, Heisenberg and Walter White, I thought when they initially told me they wanted to sculpt two statues of myself."

The actors appear appreciative of their tributes. I'm incredibly appreciative, he said. "The artist Trevor Grove is amazing. He definitely captured the likeness, I mean. We hoped we wouldn't resemble Cristiano Ronaldo in appearance. Our main hope was that. That one, have you seen it? Googling that" He added this joke: "Saying you're receiving a statue is not something you prepare for. Simply put, I'm glad it's indoors so the pigeons won't poop on our heads."

It was confirmed earlier this year that Cranston and Paul would make an appearance at some point in the final season of Saul, so their comeback to their Emmy-winning performances is about to come. The third and final episode of the series will air on Monday, and it will be called "Breaking Bad." And as you might have suspected, Gilligan made a special announcement: "Beware of spoilers, everyone. No one else is aware of this yet; you are the first to hear it. You might catch these two in the upcoming Better Call Saul episode if you chance to be watching the AMC network on Monday night — and thanks to them as well."

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