Breaking Bad: Middle School Students Play Walter White, Jesse Pinkman
Well, that's one heck of a science project! TV fans are waiting with bated breath for AMC's smash hit Breaking Bad to air its final episodes starting Sunday, Aug. 11, but a group of middle school actors are already a step ahead of them in predicting how the series starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul may end its run.
In a viral video posted to YouTube by "internetainers" Rhett & Link, the group of student actors, including two as Walter White (Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Paul), set the scene in Albuquerque, N.M. in 2009. What follows is a nearly six minute spoof of the AMC series.
Credit: Ben Leuner
The California-based crew of kids came together, as Rhett McLaughlin tells WIRED, through casting and auditions. "I wish I could say something more sensational, like we found them at a rundown musical theatre in a small midwest town, or we found them in the desert hunting for tarantulas while on motorcycles," he explained, "but the reality is we found the kids the old-fashioned, L.A. way." Some of the kid actors were also featured in McLaughlin's previous middle school musical, themed around Star Trek.
Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical isn't the only recent tongue-in-cheek take on pop culture. In August 2013, Sesame Street parodied Sons of Anarchy with "Sons of Poetry," while Cookie Monster covered Icona Pop's smash hit "I Love It." Jimmy Fallon also got in on the game, offering a G-rated take on Robin Thicke's racy "Blurred Lines," teaming with The Roots to belt out the tune accompanied by instruments commonly found in the classroom.
Watch Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical above before new episodes return to AMC Sunday at 9 p.m. (EST).