Aaron Paul has revealed that he doesn’t “get a piece” of residuals from Netflix for Breaking Bad. The 44-year-old actor recently walked the picket line in Los Angeles during the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike with his former co-stars Bryan Cranston and Jesse Plemons last week. Paul told Entertainment Tonight Canada that not getting any payment from the streaming giant is “insane” to him.
“Shows live forever on these streamers, and it goes through waves,” he continued. “And I just saw the other day that Breaking Bad was trending on Netflix. It’s such common sense, and I think a lot of these streamers, they know they have been getting away with not paying people just fair wage. And now it’s time to pony up, and that’s just one of the things we’re fighting for.” Feeling “very optimistic” about the results of the strike, Paul tells the ET Canada reporter, “We’re not going anywhere. So, they gotta do something!”
Co-stars Strike Together
Paul starred as Jesse Pinkman in the award-winning series for five seasons. He also reprised his role in the show’s Netflix original sequel film, El Camino, and the final season of the show’s spin-off, Better Call Saul, which also airs on the streaming service. His co-star Cranston, 67, who played Walter White on Breaking Bad and the aforementioned spin-offs, also gave a speech while standing with Paul and others outside Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.
“This is the studio that produced our shows, and it is done specifically to be here to let them know that we’re here and we’re raising our voice,” Cranston addressed the crowd. “We’re not making them the enemy. They are not villains. These are people that we all will be working with once again, at some point. We just want them to see reality and fairness and come back to the table and talk to us. And we may find that we have much more in common than they realize.”
He called out the AMPTP for their focus on “making a lot of money by way of our art” while pointing out that, “We want to make a lot of art and hopefully make some money at it, so they’re looking for a bottom line. So when they see red ink at the bottom, they want to cross that out by laying off people by any means necessary. Their attempts to instill AI as a normal operating procedure is literally dehumanizing the workforce, and it’s not good for society, it’s not good for our environment, it’s not good for working-class families, it’s just not good.”