The hit television show Breaking Bad seems to be all anyone can think about on campus these days. Twitter newsfeeds are filled with discussion and countless homework assignments have been left uncompleted in favor of watching the show for hours on end. Thanks to the Student Union Board, or SUB, students will have the chance to capitalize on their Breaking Bad obsession when the actor RJ Mitte, who plays Walter Jr. on the show, comes to the University of Notre Dame on Tuesday, October 1.
Breaking Bad is a crime drama series that tells the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is suffering from inoperable lung cancer. White turns to working with his former student, selling methamphetamine in order to ensure his family’s finances before he dies. RJ Mitte’s character, Walter Jr., is White’s son and has cerebral palsy. Mitte himself has a milder case of cerebral palsy, and he had to ease up on his therapy in order to successfully portray Walter Jr. Mitte became an actor in hopes that his cerebral palsy would help educate viewers about disabilities.
RJ Mitte will talk to students about his struggles with cerebral palsy, bullying, and the importance of anti-bullying. A question and answer session will follow. Mitte will also be signing autographs and taking pictures with students. In order to publicize and create hype about the event, the Student Union Board will be giving away blue Pop Rocks candy in the dining halls on Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2, as part of the Breaking Bad theme.
Mitte will speak on Tuesday, October 1 at Washington Hall. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. and will end at 11:30 p.m.