Aaron Paul with “A Long Way Down” costar Toni Collette at the 2014 Berlinale film festival.
Hard to believe that a full year has passed since last year’s Berlinale film festival! But once again, Berlin is festooned with red carpets and studded with stars. I dropped the ball on getting tickets to the Hollywood A-lister films this year—there’s still time to pick up tix for various indies, foreign flicks and shorts—but when I realized that Aaron Paul, celebrated “Breaking Bad” meth dealer and Emmy Award-winning actor, was in town for the premiere of his new film “A Long Way Down,” I decided I could at least lurk around after work to shoot the red carpet in front of Friedrichstadtpalast.
Delightful chaos ensued. I snapped some photos (gallery after the jump) and even got to pose a question to this insanely talented and extremely nice dude, while resisting the urge to make any intolerably unoriginal “Breaking Bad” jokes involving chili powder, Gatorade, magnets, Captain Cook, etc. Recording starts halfway into my query: I mentioned digging his electro track with Tom Neville & Zen Freeman, “Dance Bitch,” asked if he’d gone dancing in the city, and passed along the gospel of Berghain. Because as he says—you have to go dancing if you’re in Berlin. ;))
Costars Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette were also in attendance, looking respectively suave and radiant. Judging by the fan frenzy though, I’d say Berlin has more love for Jesse Pinkman than James Bond… and the feeling is mutual.