07/24/2013 05:21 pm ET Updated Sep 23, 2013

Rainn Wilson And Mae Whitman Star In 'Breaking Bad' Live Reading

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At last night's live-read of the Breaking Bad pilot at L.A.'s LACMA, Jason Reitman addressed the screenwriters in the audience first: "Hide the knives tonight. This is so good you'll never want to write again. You fucker, Vince." Breaking Bad is the first TV show to be included in Reitman's Live Read series, in which the director puts together readings of classic films; he most recently staged an all-female Glengarry Glen Ross with Robin Wright, Catherine O'Hara, and Carla Gugino. "This is a little scary," Reitman said. "Normally when we're doing one of these, we're doing a movie so old that most of the people are dead by now. This time, not only are they alive, but they're here with us tonight." Indeed, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, and series creator Vince Gilligan were all in attendance to watch a new ensemble reinterpret the first episode. Headlining were Rainn Wilson as Walt, Mae Whitman as Jesse, Annie Mumolo as Skyler, Ellie Kemper as Marie, Chi McBride as Hank, and Paul Rust as Walt Jr.