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‘You’ Star Penn Badgley Reveals He Was Almost Jesse Pinkman on ‘Breaking Bad'

By Ethan Young on March 7, 2023
‘You’ Star Penn Badgley Reveals He Was Almost Jesse Pinkman on ‘Breaking Bad'

Penn Badgley, star of Netflix's You, recently disclosed that he was almost cast as Jesse Pinkman in the legendary TV series Breaking Bad. In a recent interview, Badgley revealed that he and Aaron Paul both auditioned for the part and that Paul was eventually picked as Pinkman.

Badgley praised the Breaking Bad screenplay, declaring it the finest television script he had ever read. He also discussed his current role as Joe Goldberg in You, admitting that the character's charming traits can be troublesome.

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While it's tough to envision anybody other than Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, it's fun to speculate on what may have been. Would Penn Badgley have given the character a different dynamic? Would his performance be as outstanding as Paul's?

Despite missing out on the role of Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, Badgley has established a name for himself in the entertainment business. His portrayal of Joe Goldberg in You has gained him critical praise and a devoted following.

While fans anxiously await the second part of You season 4, it's worth pausing to consider the routes that were not explored. Who knows what other parts Badgley may have had if he had portrayed Jesse Pinkman?

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It's always fun to speculate about what could have been, but Penn Badgley has clearly made the most of the prospects that have presented themselves to him. His performance of Joe Goldberg in You has enabled him to showcase his acting versatility, and he has received appreciation for his sophisticated portrayal of a complicated and often disturbing character.

Looking ahead, it will be intriguing to watch where Badgley's work takes him next. Will he keep on pushing the envelope with bold and thought-provoking parts, or will he branch out into other genres and narrative styles? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: Penn Badgley is already a superstar whose work we eagerly await.

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