WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, now streaming on Netflix.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan paid tribute to Robert Forster, revealing details of a deleted scene the late actor shot with Aaron Paul's Jesse in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
The Netflix film, which served as an epilogue to AMC's five-season Breaking Bad, wrapped up Jesse's arc. Forster's Ed played a key role as "the Disappearer," who was charged with helping Jesse get a new identity. Sadly, the actor died when it premiered last Friday and now, Gilligan has paid tribute, divulging a deleted scene starring Forster.
It followed a shootout where Jesse robbed some criminals of money needed for Ed's services, with Gilligan explaining how Forster commanded the camera when he found a wounded Jesse and was shocked he was able to pull off the heist to pay him. "The one regret I had in cutting the scene where Jesse gets wounded is that this moment where Ed stares down at the money and silently realizes, 'A deal is a deal. Your word is your bond. And I’ve gotta go through with this now,'" he told Entertainment Weekly.
"It's really so beautiful. That's what made him such a great actor. You never saw him trying hard. You never saw him sweat, but every time you looked at his face, you could read his mind. That's the mark of a truly brilliant actor," Gilligan concluded.
In the film, Jesse didn't get shot in the robbery, as Gilligan felt this ultimately would prolong the final act, but Gilligan's script did conclude with Ed arranging the deal to save the ex-meth dealer as promised and take him to Alaska.
Written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie stars Aaron Paul. The film is available to stream now on Netflix, with a later release scheduled for AMC.