- Aaron Paul, who reprises his role as Jesse Pinkman in Netflix’s upcoming “Breaking Bad” film sequel called “El Camino,” appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday and spoke about how dedicated his fans are.
- The actor recalled hosting a scavenger hunt in his home town of Boise, Idaho for tickets to an advance screening of the movie.
- One fan, whose name is Kelsie Steiner, told Paul that she’d get a “Pinkman” tattoo in exchange for tickets.
- Paul gave Steiner the passes and she later showed up to the movie screening with the character’s name inked on her lip.
- Steiner told Insider that she’s been a fan of the show since she was 14 and has “so much love for the art and passion [Paul] puts into all his work.”
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Aaron Paul, who starred as Jesse on the hit AMC series, appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday and recalled the “chaos” that ensued when he organised a scavenger hunt in his home town of Boise, Idaho.
On Tuesday, the 40-year-old actor posted a series of clues on Twitter, revealing locations where he hid tickets for fans to see “El Camino.” The highly anticipated movie, which focuses on Jesse’s journey following the events of the 2013 series finale, hit Netflix on Friday.
“It is an utter s—show,” Paul said, explaining that he tries “to give back to the community” by renting out The Egyptian Theatre in Boise and hosting screenings of his major projects.
The actor recalled one fan, who showed up to one place after he’d already given away a few pairs of tickets, telling him that she’d get “Pinkman” tattooed on her lip in exchange for the prize.
“I give her tickets and then as I’m walking into the theatre, she’s waiting for me and she shows me her lip,” Paul said, showing the audience a photo of himself with the fan showing off the new ink.
The fan, whose name is Kelsie Steiner, also shared images on Twitter and Paul took notice.
— Kels???? (@kelsiesteiner29) October 9, 2019
— Kels???? (@kelsiesteiner29) October 9, 2019
“Hey you! What a magical evening in Boise,” the actor wrote. “Thank you so much for the love of Pinkman. He changed my life. You and your boy are amazing. Happy you were OK with me sharing this story with the world. You’re a legend. Much love.”
Hey you! What a magical evening in Boise. Thank you so much for the love of Pinkman. He changed my life. You and your boy are amazing. Happy you were ok with me sharing this story with the world. You’re a legend. Much love.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 10, 2019
In response, Steiner said that she’s admired Jesse since the start of “Breaking Bad,” and it was an honour to get inked.
Yesterday was literally a dream!! I have followed the show since it started and ever since loved pinkman and all the art you have created along the way. It’s was an honor to get the tattoo! Thank you so much for everything, it meant so much to me. Pinkman for life ❤️????????
— Kels???? (@kelsiesteiner29) October 10, 2019
Speaking to Insider, Steiner said that it was her first scavenger hunt she had ever attended, and it “was very exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.”
“It was complete chaos downtown with people running wild, ignoring traffic laws, and riding scooters everywhere,” the 23-year-old fan recalled.
Steiner and her sister travelled to the hunt’s second location (after “missing out on the first clue”) via scooters that they rented. The pair got separated and Steiner bumped into Paul, who was leaving a hotel where he hid additional tickets for the game. She said that he “was so genuine and nice,” and immediately gave her a pair of tickets after she vowed to get the tattoo.
Steiner said that coincidentally, days before the event she had a conversation with her boyfriend, Brenden Gill, and he suggested that she she get a lip tattoo in honour of Jesse.
“He knew the passion I had for the show since I was 14,” she said of Gill, who has Taylor Swift’s name inked on his lip. “This felt like the perfect opportunity to get it.”
The fan said that she began watching “Breaking Bad” in 2009 and “fell in love with the character of Jessie in the first season and I was immediately hooked.”
“It became even more personal to me when my boyfriend went through an addiction of his own much like Pinkman,” she added. “He has beat his addiction and is four years clean.”
Steiner went on to say: “I have watched just about every movie Aaron Paul is in and have so much love for the art and passion he puts into all his work. This was my first time meeting Aaron and I can honestly say it couldn’t have gone better. I was very nervous meeting him but he was so genuine right off the bat and you could tell he has so much love for his hometown fans. His wife Lauren [Paul] was so sweet as well.”
The fan added that she “loved” the film sequel because it “brought back the exciting feelings from the days of ‘Breaking Bad.'”
“This was once in a lifetime memory and I am so happy I got to share it with Aaron, his family, Brenden, and the fans of Boise.”
Watch the video below (Paul talks about the fan’s Pinkman tattoo at 2:30).
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