"'Breaking Bad' is about a guy having the world's worst midlife crisis - a guy who's never littered or jaywalked, never broken the law in any serious way, suddenly finding himself doing something reprehensible and illegal. Why would he do such a thing? That's the experiment of 'Breaking Bad' - it's a show about change. Our main character, our hero, becomes our bad guy... And if we're going to do this, we have to be courageous about it and we have to let the chips fall where they may."
About This Interview
In his nearly four-hour Archive interview, writer/producer Vince Gilligan talks about knowing that he wanted to be involved with storytelling, in film or television, from a very early age. He discusses his education at NYU Film school and winning a screenwriting award, which led to his first jobs in television writing. He recalls becoming a staff writer on The X-Files after a chance meeting with series' creator Chris Carter and details his seven years as a writer, and later producer, on The X-Files. He describes several specific episodes including the Emmy-winning "Memento Mori." He speaks about the short-lived spinoff, The Lone Gunmen, and how both series were affected by the events of 9/11. He then talks about his current project (then concluding season 4), the AMC drama Breaking Bad, which he created and produced. Jenni Matz conducted the interview on August 9, 2011 in Burbank, CA.
Video: Watch a clip from the "Cornered" episode of Breaking Bad:
Video: Watch Vince Gilligan being interviewed by Karen Herman in "Episode 3" of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' Writer's Cut Series (in association with the Television Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television) on October 18, 2013: