He plays JJ, a former rock star who has hit rock bottom and finds himself on a London rooftop on New Year's Eve contemplating a suicidal leap. Paul's character encounters a number of others with a similar intention and they form a surrogate family/ support system. The film is based on the novel by Nick Hornby.
Paul who rose to next level stardom with his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman spoke about his character to Metro's James Mottram: ‘JJ has some similarities to Jesse,’ he says. ‘I think Jesse is very lost. He’s struggling to get his footing. He’s somewhat tortured. And JJ is definitely tortured. He can’t deal with himself, which is so awful.’
Co-starring in A Long Way Down are Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Pierce Brosnan.
Coming out right on the heels of the actor's last film Need For Speed, this one provides a definite contrast from the car chase feature film based on the video game.
Also on the horizon is the possibility of Paul returning to the Pinkman role in either a cameo appearance or two, or a more substantial presence on the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. Hardcore Jesse fans will be hoping for the latter.
The US premiere date for A Long Way Down is yet to be announced.