Breaking Bad’s Uncle Jack Satisfied With the Finale-Were You?
Here’s the story on Breaking Bad from Aaron Couch at The Hollywood Reporter posted Sept. 30th, 2013.
Breaking Bad ended with Walt (Bryan Cranston) dying peacefully after sending his enemies off in a blaze of glory.
As Uncle Jack, Michael Bowen became the improbable antagonist of the series finale after he killed Hank (Dean Norris) and stole Walt’s money in the instant classic “Ozymandias.”
Bowen admits shooting his final Breaking Bad scene was tough, but says it was nothing compared to the emotional toll of killing Hank. He says he knew Norris from auditions back when they both were “going out for one or two lines, just trying to get some food on the table.”
On the day he shot Hank’s death scene, those memories came back as he looked into Norris’ eyes.
“I’m glad the camera wasn’t on me, because my lip was shaking. I was about ready to cry. It really affected me,” Bowen tells The Hollywood Reporter.
He also reveals that he and Jesse Plemons, who played his nephew Todd, created an elaborate backstory for their characters centered on the idea that Todd’s mother had been a drug addict with a string of abusive boyfriends. The two agreed Uncle Jack had rescued Todd from that situation and raised him with the Aryan gang.
Was it hard to say goodbye to Jesse Plemons after creating that bond?
The relationship is still there. I think the relationship never dies. We have great talks as Jesse and Michael. We talk about the blues. We talk about philosophy. That’s never going to go away.
I was at the charity screening [at the Hollywood Forever cemetery] last night. I lost myself watching it. I was right there with the crowd when Todd got wiped out. I was yelling and screaming. You could hear the crowd reacting — that means we did a good job. And when I got blown away and they clapped, I was very satisfied.
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