‘Breaking Bad’: Four surprising facts you never knew about Vince Gilligan's show

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"Breaking Bad" is one of those rare TV shows that constantly has its fans thinking about the show, even when it hasn't been on the air for months. With the final episodes of the series set to air this summer, plenty of buzz has been building around "Breaking Bad," and some very interesting tidbits about the show have recently come to light. Even if you're a hardcore fan of the show, there are four surprising facts about "Breaking Bad" you may not have known.

1. "Weeds" almost killed "Breaking Bad"

"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan had been playing around with the main idea and themes of "Breaking Bad" for quite some time before he began shopping the project around to various studios. But "Breaking Bad" almost withered on the vine when Gilligan heard about a little show called "Weeds," which debuted three years before "Breaking Bad."

When Gilligan heard about the premise behind "Weeds," he almost scuttled "Breaking Bad," worrying that the shows were simply too similar. Thankfully, producers talked him down, and "Breaking Bad" went on to become a far more respected show than "Weeds."

2. Walter White's former boss is a scientist!

Walter White may be the big name in science on "Breaking Bad," but there's an actor on the show with a pretty decent science pedigree of his own. Marius Stan, who played former car wash boss Bogdan Wolynetz, is a senior scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. This fact was revealed in a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune.

On a related note, Steven Michael Quezada (who plays federal drug agent Steven Gomez) recently won a seat on the Albuquerque school board!

3. Gus Fring's business model was used in real life

You've likely already heard of one weird case of life imitating art that relates to "Breaking Bad." There was a real-life meth cook wanted in Alabama named Walter White.

But what you may not know is that a real-life drug cartel used a meth transportation method that bears a striking resemblance to Gus Fring's own methods. While Fring shipped his product in containers of Los Pollos Hermanos fry batter, some real-life crooks shipped their meth in containers of nacho cheese.

4. "Breaking Bad" was only supposed to last four seasons

Vince Gilligan envisioned the show lasting just four seasons. There are plenty of theories about why the show went on for five seasons, but the main reason seems to be because the actor who played Tuco had to leave the production due to commitments on "The Closer." Tuco was supposed to become the show's "Big Bad," and his departure meant that the writers had to introduce a new bad guy. That lengthened the show, and also introduced beloved villain Gustavo Fring.
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