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Breaking Bad star has SNL cameo

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Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad.

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Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad.

NEW YORK -- Saturday Night Live had some fun with anticipation over Sunday's Breaking Bad finale, with help from Aaron Paul in a surprise cameo.

Paul, who played Walter White's drug compatriot Jesse Pinkman in the Emmy-winning AMC series, appeared in the opening segment of the new SNL season. He portrayed one of several average Americans joining U.S. President Barack Obama to testify to the need for health care coverage.

Paul mentioned a "friend" who badly needed health care when he got sick with cancer. "The man was a teacher with a family," interjected Obama, played by SNL cast member Jay Pharoah.

"He did what any of us would have done," Paul said. "He started cooking meth. And soon it wasn't just meth, it was murder. And not regular murder, he blew half a guy's face off."

Not pleased with the example, Obama sought to usher him off the stage.

"Wait," Paul said. "You don't want to know what happened to my friend?"

"No," said Obama, shaking his head.

The Breaking Bad series finale aired Sunday night. Fans were curious about what happens to White, the cancer-stricken teacher whose desire to provide for his family turns him into a drug lord.

Former SNL chief writer and cast member Tina Fey was host of the late-night show's opener, drawing a connection to the past in what is shaping up as a transition year with the introduction of several new cast members.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 30, 2013 D2

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