Here's One Thing About Walter White You Definitely Never Noticed On 'Breaking Bad'

He had an imitation tactic that sort of changes everything.

08/27/2015 12:20 pm ET
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With Aaron Paul turning 36 today, The Huffington Post thought it was an apt opportunity to revisit a statement the actor made two years ago that should have completely changed how "Breaking Bad" devotees watched the show.

While answering questions during a Reddit AMA, Paul said:

Another funny fact about Bryan Cranston - we all know that from Malcolm in the Middle to Breaking Bad, his characters tended to wear tidy whities, but what you don't know is that any close-up shot of Bryan on Breaking Bad where you didn't see the lower half of his body, his pants were always off. His pant were always off. True story, I'm not even joking. His pants are always off. (Emphasis HuffPost's).


So in this moment when Hank got killed ...

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Or this one where he intimidatingly quoted Destiny's Child ... 

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Walter White wasn't wearing pants?


RJ Mitte -- just nine months ago -- reaffirmed Paul's claim during another Reddit AMA, when a user asked, "Cranston never wore pants in scenes that didn't require his below-the-waist parts. Is this true?"

His response:

"He had his moments from time to time, good thing for close ups!"

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Could this possibly be true?  

In 2013, an Inquirer reporter claimed that Paul told him about this habit of Cranston's, with the actor saying, “No one knows this, but Bryan never wears pants in close-up shots." Paul continued to the reporter, "He is very proud of what is happening down there and he thinks it is intimidating for all of us, in a loving way. From the belly down, he has nothing on."
Paul said that he "was not surprised" the first time it happened. Describing Cranston's initial self-pantsing, Paul said, "[Cranston] slowly removed his pants, staring [at me] as he bent down to do it."
This reporter then brought the claim to Cranston, who gave the below response, apparently deadpan:
First of all, never believe what Aaron Paul says. I cannot deny or confess that it is true ... There are times when levity is very helpful to a group of people. We work long hours. My call time is 5:40 a.m.; we finish at 6 p.m. We are together for a long time. Actors get tired; levity breaks the tension so I look for opportunities. Plus, I love to have a good time.

Maybe it was a bigger deal than everyone realized when Walter's pants were finally rediscovered. 

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The Huffington Post reached out to half a dozen crew members who were involved with costuming, makeup and location scouting to see if this legend could be further confirmed, but nobody seemed to think this very important and newsworthy legend was worth discussing.

If you have witnessed this serial pants removal by Cranston while filming "Breaking Bad," please reach out. 


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