Actor Aaron Paul made an indelible impression on TV audiences for several seasons on TV's immensely popular series, "Breaking Bad" as the emotionally tortured character of Jesse. Along with co-star, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul made "Breaking Bad" must see television for millions of viewers each week.
Now that "Breaking Bad" has completed it's run, Paul is embarking on a variety of new big screen film projects. The first to hit theaters is a hi-octane, action film titled, "Need For Speed"; which Paul characterizes as a much needed change of pace from the darker material he had to perform on "Breaking Bad".
Recently, Paul came to Boston as part of a press tour to promote his new project. Entertainment reporter and Examiner film critic Tim Estiloz had a chance to interview Paul about the new film, "Need For Speed" which opens in theaters on March 14th. During the interview, Paul discussed the film, as well as a wide range of other topics; such as Paul's unique tattoos, his love of making independent films and an impromptu invitation to an entire movie audience to join him for a drink at Boston's renowned Cheers Bar.
Accompanying this article is Estiloz' on-camera, one-on-one video interview with Aaron Paul where he discusses all the aforementioned topics and much more with candor, depth and humor.
DreamWorks Pictures' "Need for Speed" marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and '70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes - one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.
Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, "Need for Speed" captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey's shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn't commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge - but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon - the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
In an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and '70s that tap into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing, "Need for Speed" chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time - one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.
The video interview with Aaron Paul shows an actor who's serious about his work; but also, seriously loyal to his fans by creating great new work for them to enjoy beyond "Breaking Bad".
Tim Estiloz is an Emmy winning entertainment journalist and member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Boston Online Film Critics Association. Follow Tim on Twitter @TimEstiloz and at www.TimEstiloz.com. - Be sure to LIKE his page on Facebook at: Tim Estiloz Film Reviews.