Aaron Paul, the Emmy-winning actor renowned for his role in “Breaking Bad,” has ignited discussions on social media with recent comments he made during a SAG-AFTRA rally, suggesting that he is not receiving residuals from Netflix for his work on the hit series.
In “Breaking Bad,” Aaron Paul starred alongside Bryan Cranston for all five seasons of the critically acclaimed AMC drama. Netflix played a pivotal role in expanding the show’s fan base by making the first three seasons available for streaming before the fourth season aired on AMC. The series became a staple on Netflix, with the show’s sequel film, “El Camino,” starring Aaron Paul, being released as a Netflix original.
During a rally alongside former co-stars Bryan Cranston and Jesse Plemons, Aaron Paul revealed, “I don’t get a piece from Netflix on ‘Breaking Bad,’ to be totally honest, and that’s insane to me.” His comments have resonated widely on social media.
He continued, shedding light on the streaming landscape, “Shows live forever on these streamers and it goes through waves. And I just saw the other day that ‘Breaking Bad’ was trending on Netflix, and it’s just such common sense, and a lot of these streamers, they know they have been getting away with not paying people just fair wage and now it’s time to pony up.”
Bryan Cranston, who co-starred with Aaron Paul in “Breaking Bad,” has been actively participating in the SAG-AFTRA strike, joining picket lines in both New York City and Los Angeles. In a noteworthy speech delivered in Times Square in late July, Cranston directed his words at Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Addressing Mr. Iger, Cranston declared, “We’ve got a message for Mr. Iger. I know, sir, that you look [at] things through a different lens. We don’t expect you to understand who we are. But we ask you to hear us, and beyond that to listen to us when we tell you we will not be having our jobs taken away and given to robots. We will not have you take away our right to work and earn a decent living. And lastly, and most importantly, we will not allow you to take away our dignity! We are union through and through, all the way to the end!”