Before he got involved with drug kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Aaron Paul was just a kid who had to have his pops.

In a 1999 Corn Pops cereal commercial (above) a big-haired Paul is craving breakfast in a big way.

"Man, all I wanna do is eat ... gotta have my pops!" he says.

13 years later, Paul has come a long way from campaigning for breakfast cereal. In fact, he's getting ready to say goodbye to "Breaking Bad," one of the most popular shows on TV.

"It's kind of hard for me to swallow," he told GQ. "When I first started, I just wanted to work. I wouldn't necessarily do anything, but I'd pretty much almost do anything at the very beginning. And then the more I started to work, the pickier I became, and now with this show that I'm working on now, it's just -- it's hard to say yes to projects. 'Breaking Bad,' I've never been more proud."

The final eight episodes of "Breaking Bad" will air next summer.

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  • Dean Norris as Hank Schrader

    "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Exclusive Gallery Photo.

  • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

    "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Exclusive Gallery Photo.

  • Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

    "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Exclusive Gallery Photo.

  • Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman

    "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Exclusive Gallery Photo.

  • Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader

    "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Exclusive Gallery Photo.

  • RJ Mitte as Walter White Jr.

    "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Exclusive Gallery Photo.

  • Anna Gunn as Skyler White

    "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Exclusive Gallery Photo.

  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White

    "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Exclusive Gallery Photo.

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