Giancarlo Esposito Almost Plotted His Own Murder ... Amid Money Struggles

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Giancarlo Esposito's financial situation was so bad before landing his "Breaking Bad" role, he says he contemplated plotting his own murder.

The actor made that shocking revelation while he was on Sirius XM's "Jim & Sam Show" ... where he talked about a period in his life when he was not the successful Hollywood actor and producer he is today.

GE recalled struggling with his mental health and finances in 2008, and admitted he wondered if his kids could collect insurance money if he hired someone to take him out.

Giancarlo Esposito Casi trama su propio asesinato ... En medio de sus luchas financieras

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La situación financiera de Giancarlo Esposito era tan mala antes de conseguir su papel en "Breaking Bad", que dice que contempló la posibilidad de planear su propio asesinato.

El actor hizo la impactante revelación mientras estaba en "Jim & Sam Show" en SiriusXM, en donde habló de un periodo de su vida en que no era el exitoso actor de Hollywood y productor que es hoy.

Giancarlo Esposito recordó que luchaba con su salud mental y sus finanzas en 2008, y admitió que se preguntaba si sus hijos podrían cobrar el dinero del seguro si contrataba a alguien que lo matara.

Drake 'Breaking Bad' Birthday Bash Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul Bartend!!!


Drake's 37th birthday party was one for the chemistry books, featuring "Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as bartenders to mix up some special cocktails at Casadonna in Miami.

The two stars showed up floral shirts and all to Drake's Miami bash Monday ... which likely served as an easy promotion for Bryan and Aaron's Dos Hombres mezcal brand.


Of course, these guys have racked up Emmys, Golden Globes and AFI awards playing meth lab whizzes Walter White and Jesse Pinkman on the show … and their bartending skills look to also be on point.

As for the location, Drake held his bash at David Grutman and Noah Tepperberg's Casadonna, an Italian-inspired restaurant along the coastline. Drake was decked out in all-black, and his friends and fam teased him for having an abundance of mango juice -- instead of his usual go-to passionfruit.

Nonetheless, the OVO crew all rallied around to toast him -- and tease him for making them all "Rich Baby Daddies" … as his new hit with Sexxy Red and SZA suggests.

Drake Fiesta de cumpleaños de Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston y Aaron Paul de bartender!!!

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La fiesta de cumpleaños de Drake para celebrar sus 37 años fue uno para recordar en los libros de química, pues las estrellas de "Breaking Bad" Bryan Cranston y Aaron Paul estuvieron como bartenders mezclando cócteles especiales en Miami.

Las dos estrellas estuvieron en la fiesta de este lunes, vistiendo camisas de flores y todo, lo que probablemente les sirvió para promocionar su marca de mezcal Dos Hombres.

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Por supuesto, estos chicos han acumulado Emmys, Globos de Oro y premios AFI interpretando los papeles de Walter White y Jesse Pinkman en la serie, y sus habilidades como bartenders también parecen estar en buena forma.

En cuanto a la ubicación, Drake celebró su fiesta en el lugar de David Grutman y Noah Tepperberg, Casadonna, un restaurante de inspiración italiana a lo largo de la costa. Drake se vistió de negro, y sus amigos y familiares se burlaron de él por tener una gran cantidad de jugo de mango en lugar de su habitual maracuyá.

En cualquier caso, la tripulación de OVO se unió para brindar por él y burlarse por hacerlos "Rich Baby Daddies", como sugiere su nuevo éxito con Sexxy Red y SZA.

Woman Gets Revenge Spends 15 Years Trolling Man ... Breaks Off Engagement After He Spit On Her Friend!

A woman says she spent 15 years getting payback from a man who spit on her friend long, long ago ... doing everything from spoiling shows to torpedoing his wedding.

TikToker Linda Solley Hurd says it all started a decade and a half ago at a comedy show, where one of her friends accidentally spilled a drink on the guy -- claiming he called her a "stupid fat b****" and spit on her for additional bad measure.


Linda was out for revenge! She found his Facebook page ... and after some digging, discovered his favorite shows were "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad" -- 2 shows that you'd never want spoiled, right?

She decided to torture the dude by creating fake accounts and spamming him with spoilers as soon as each episode would drop.

It didn't stop with the Rick Grimes & Walter White rage ... she says she ended up in the same class as him not long after, getting more info on him and doing even MORE trolling.

Linda says she backed off for around 8 years ... but then learned the guy got engaged to a friend of a friend of hers, so she came out of trolling retirement for more revenge.

She gave the guy's fiancee the tea on what he had done to her friend, and apparently, that was enough for her to pull the plug on the wedding.

It's enough to make you stop drinking.

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'Breaking Bad' Star Mark Margolis Dead at 83

Mark Margolis -- popular for his roles in "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" as "Tio" Hector Salamanca -- has died.

A statement from his team Friday revealed the actor died at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC Thursday after a short illness. Mark's wife and son were at his bedside when he died.

"Breaking Bad" fans will know Margolis as Hector Salamanca on the show -- the silent and wheelchair-bound drug lord who could only use a bell to communicate.

Margolis was praised for the role, and Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2012. Mark also played Salamanca in "Better Call Saul."

While he seemingly left his biggest mark on television, Mark's career spanned several decades -- with roles in "Scarface," "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "Black Swan."

Mark is survived by his wife, Jacqueline -- who he was married to for 61 years -- his son Morgan, Morgan's wife Heide and his three grandsons.

He was 83.


'Breaking Bad' Mike Batayeh Dead at 52

Actor and comedian, Mike Batayeh, who "Breaking Bad" fans came to know as the manager at Gustavo's infamous laundromat has died ... TMZ has learned.

Mike's family tells us Batayeh died June 1 in his sleep of a heart attack while home in Michigan. His sister Diane says his death was very sudden, as he didn't have a history of heart issues.

A family statement about his passing reads, "He will be greatly missed by those who loved him and his great ability to bring laughter and joy to so many."

Mike appeared on 3 episodes from 2011 to 2012 on the award-winning AMC hit as Dennis Markowski, the manager of Lavandería Brillante industrial laundromat.

The laundromat, owned by Gustavo Fring served as a disguise for the meth lab where Bryan Cranston's Walter White and Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman turned out tons of product.

Apart from his work on "Breaking Bad," Mike was a successful comedian, traveling the globe and did voicework as well as made appearances on "The Bernie Mac Show," "Boy Meets World" and "CSI: Miami."

Mike is survived by 5 sisters, and tons of nephews and nieces ... we're told everyone is devastated.

He was only 52.


'Breaking Bad' Walter White's Signature Undies ... Up For Auction, Bitch!!!

If you're lookin' to add something unique to your "Breaking Bad" collection, these screen-worn tighty-whities might be up your alley ... because they're hitting the auction block along with a bunch of other sweet pieces of memorabilia.

Propstore, one of the biggest film and TV entertainment memorabilia auction specialists, is auctioning off the iconic undergarments ... worn by the meth-making family man himself, Walter White -- iconically played by Bryan Cranston.

The all-white briefs are expected to fetch around $5K  ... but it's not the only recognizable piece in the mix.

The event's full of high-ticket items -- like a pair of production-made diary pages from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," showing off a map that led Indy to the Holy Grail. The target for this is around $6K.

Also on the block are some fabulous dresses from "Dancing with the Stars" ... one worn by Lisa Rinna and another by Pamela Anderson.


The online auction is open now and closes at the end of February -- so if you wanted to walk a mile in Walt's undies, ya better get on it!!!

Rockets Mascot Rocks Walter White Undies During Game ... Cranston Loves It!!!

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Walter White and Jesse Pinkman took a break from cooking meth to enjoy the Houston Rockets game on Wednesday ... and they got a special surprise from the mascot -- who threw on a pair of glasses and tighty-whites for the occasion!!

"Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were posted up courtside to check out the home team's matchup with the Charlotte Hornets ... and when the VIP guests waved hello to the crowd via the scoreboard, Clutch showed up in one of Walt's most recognizable looks from the series.

Cranston hilariously reacted to the stunt by shielding his eyes ... and Paul was loving it, clapping as the bear showed off his getup.

Cranston and Paul -- who joined forces with their own mezcal after the show ended in 2013 -- were in town to promote the Dos Hombres brand ... and got a massive ovation from the fans in attendance.

Unfortunately for the home team, the Hornets handled the Rockets like Heisenberg did Gus Fring in the 122-117 loss.

As it turns out, the guys are rumored to reprise their roles in a Super Bowl commercial, too ... so Walt and Jesse are popping up all over the sports world.

As Jesse would probably say ... "SPORTS, BITCH!!"

Aaron Paul Family It's Official ... We're Pauls, Y'all!!!

Aaron Paul and his family have a new official surname -- the same one he's been going by, professionally at least, for years now.

According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Aaron's name change petition with the courts has been approved ... as have the ones submitted on behalf of his wife, Lauren, and their son Casper -- who'll now go by Ryden.

AP's kid, at first, was known as Casper Emerson Paul ... but now that a judge has signed off, his legal name is Ryden Caspian Paul. For her part, Lauren simply wanted to adopt her husband's stage surname -- which the court also granted.

In other words, everyone got what they wanted ... and there's new monikers to go around. As many know, Aaron's birth surname was Sturtevant -- but he apparently didn't like it anymore, and has been using Paul since before even his "Breaking Bad" days.

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Nothing really changes on the public front ... we've all been calling Aaron Paul "Aaron Paul" this whole time. Now though, the DMV's gonna have to call him that as well.

Walter White Jr. In 'Breaking Bad' 'Memba Him?!

American actor RJ Mitte was just 16 years old when he was first cast as Walter White Jr. -- the son of Walter and Skyler White who loves video games, girls and hanging out with friends -- in AMC's classic drug-making drama series "Breaking Bad."

RJ shared the screen with Bryan Cranston as the caring yet calculated drug king, Walter White, Aaron Paul as the sensitive and sympathetic addict turned business partner, Jesse Pinkman, Anna Gunn as the worried and high-strung mother and carwash operator, Skyler White, and Dean Norris as the heroic and top-ranking officer, Hank Schrader.

Guess what he looks like today!

'Breaking Bad' Cranston, Paul Statues Spur GOP Outrage ... 'Glorifying Meth Makers'!!!

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are forever enshrined in bronze in the city of Albuquerque -- something conservatives there are up in arms about, claiming the statues glorify meth.

Late last month, Mayor Tim Keller unveiled 2 statues to honor the 'Breaking Bad' stars -- they're now on display at the Albuquerque Convention Center -- after a ceremony where BC and AP were actually on hand to pose with their metal counterparts.

It was a kitschy, fun thing that seemed fairly innocent -- as a shout-out to the actors and show for putting a spotlight on their city and state -- but now, some Republicans in the state are fuming over the honor.

Conservative radio host Eddy Aragon and state representative Rod Montoya say the statues send the wrong message about who should be glorified in the community.

Montoya says "meth dealers" shouldn't be the shining example in Albuquerque, and Aragon adds ... "It’s not the type of recognition we want for the city of Albuquerque, or for our state."

Aragon goes on to gripe about how city officials tore down a controversial statue of Albuquerque's first Spanish governor, Juan de Onate, because he was a conquistador ... but now turn around and throw these two fictional characters as proverbial beacons.

This sort of backlash was actually expected, Mayor Keller warned of this when they were first getting unveiled, saying he understood, but defended having Jesse Pinkman and Walter White statues because of the cautionary tale they represented, and the jobs they gave to NM.

Can't please everyone, right?

Aaron Paul I Just Cast BFF Bryan Cranston as The Godfather!!!


Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston seem to have an unbreakable bond ... so much so, Aaron says choosing his newborn kid's godfather was a no-brainer.

We caught up with Aaron Wednesday at LAX and asked about him naming his best friend and "Breaking Bad" costar godfather to his newest addition, baby Ryden.

Aaron says Bryan's a beautiful man who's more than deserving of the title he and his wife bestowed on Cranston.

As far as what it takes to be a godfather, Aaron tells us Bryan's gonna be on diaper duty ... and don't get him started on burping little Ryden.

Of course, it's no surprise ... Bryan and Aaron are partners in crime on and off-screen ... nice to see the longtime friends grow tighter through each milestone.

In case you didn't know, Aaron and his wife, Lauren Paul, tied the knot back in 2013. They became first-time parents in 2018, when they gave birth to their daughter, Story Annabelle Paul.

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They welcomed their second child and only son, Ryden Caspian Paul, this month ... and we already know he, too, will be in really good hands.

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul Here's What We Think About that Slap ... ... Settle the Beef with Liquor!!!


Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul certainly know how to discuss sensitive topics ... injecting a little humor and a lot of salesmanship into the Will Smith/Chris Rock brouhaha.

We got the "Breaking Bad" stars Wednesday at Chateau Marmont in WeHo ... and they were quick to say lots of stuff can be settled over a bottle ... a bottle of Mezcal.

Yeah, and here's where the salesmanship comes in ... Mezcal is Aaron and Bryan's label. For the uninitiated, it's kind of like tequila, but as Aaron says, it's not tequila.


As for their feelings about the slap, the apology and the fallout, Aaron and Bryan trod lightly, which is what some other celebs are doing as well ... however a number of celebs have come out swinging, railing at Will for ruining the Oscars.

Chris Rock kicked off his comedy tour in Boston Wednesday night ... the first time he's had the mic since getting slapped on Sunday. He addressed the attack briefly, and said there would be more later. Chris also made clear what TMZ has been reporting ... he and Will have not spoken since the incident.

Bob Odenkirk Back in the Game After Heart Attack

Bob Odenkirk is fully back ... just months after almost dying of a heart attack.

The "Better Call Saul" star was out and about Wednesday ... shopping for firewood and groceries at an L.A. supermarket.

Speaking of Duraflame -- Bob is Dur-able ... TMZ broke the story back in July ... he collapsed in new Mexico on the set of his hit show. As we reported, it was touch-and-go in the hours following the medical emergency. He wasn't conscious for awhile, but he has now clearly bounced back and looks great.

After the incident, Bob thanked his fans and especially his doctors, who were able to get him back on his feet by fixing the blockage without surgery.

He took some time off after the heart attack but everything's now back to normal.

For anyone in a similar situation .... better call Saul's doc.

Bob Odenkirk Rebounds After Heart Attack ... Living 'It's a Wonderful Life!!!'

Bob Odenkirk has found a silver lining in a major medical scare he suffered last week ... he feels like a real-life Jimmy Stewart character from "It's a Wonderful Life."

Bob is on the mend after collapsing on the New Mexico set of "Better Call Saul." It was extremely serious at first, with a very uncertain outcome. But, Bob's rebounded in a big way, and he's clearly moved by the love and concern from family, friends and fans.

He says he's filled with gratitude from the outpouring of concern and support ... “I am doing great. I’ve had my very own “It’s a wonderful life” week of people insisting I make the world slightly better. Wow! Thank you, I love everyone right now but let’s keep expectations reasonable!”

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Lots of stars, including his "Breaking Bad" co-star Bryan Cranston, were super concerned after the July 27 heart attack, and Bob couldn't be more grateful for his recovery.

It's unclear when Bob will be cleared to return to the "Better Call Saul" set, but he's definitely on the way ... and THAT'S good news!!!

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