Aaron Paul has channeled his "Breaking Bad" success into a good cause. The Emmy winning actor organized a contest for fans of the television series that would offer two lucky winners the chance to be Paul's special guest to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of the finale. All proceeds are benefiting The Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying non-profit run by Paul's wife, Lauren Parsekian.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that despite glitches on the website for the contest, Omaze.com, Paul's efforts managed to raise $1.8 million for the charity. The contest asked for various amounts of monetary donations, with higher donations receiving more entries and chances at various prizes in addition to being entered to win the coveted prize of attending the finale screening.
After the contest ended on Wednesday, Omaze discovered that about two dozen people who donated were not actually entered into the drawing due to a technical glitch. Upon discovering the glitch, Omaze contacted Paul and asked if it was okay to give out more prizes. Paul's response? "Absolutely." Omaze figures that the glitch was caused by the high number of donations received during the last two days of the campaign. Omaze predicted that donations would cap at about $750,000, but $1 million more came in during the final 48 hours, overwhelming the site.
The winners of the contest will fly on pre-paid trip to Los Angeles on Sunday, where Paul will pick them up from the airport. From there, they will be driven to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery as the guests of honour for the finale viewing party. Cast and crew members will also be in attendance and the winners will have the chance to participate in a a fake meth "cooking" session with Paul and Bryan Cranston.