For months everyone involved in “El Camino,” the new “Breaking Bad” sequel movie released on Netflix, acted as though the movie didn’t even exist, making everyone online and in the press look stupid for even asking. And Jesse Plemons, who reprises his role as Todd from “Breaking Bad” in the film, was in on that scam.
In fact, Plemons even said the lying about filming the movie even became second nature after a while.
“It was really strange at the beginning to flat out lie to strangers repeatedly. And then, you kind of get used to it,” Plemons told Seth Meyers on Wednesday’s “Late Night.”
“It started to become more and more fun, I have to say. Nope! Not me, not in that,” he said.
All the secrecy stemmed from director and “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, who only did the project under the pretense that it would be completely kept under wraps and would be a total surprise for fans. As they were shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, “El Camino” was given the codename “Greenbriar,” and the movie’s existence was denied countless times even as online sleuths pieced together what it actually was.
“I have no idea how it didn’t surface. There was one day in particular where we were filming in downtown Albuquerque, driving around in Todd’s car, Jesse was in the passenger seat,” Plemons continued. “I know there was a guy that was like, ‘Oh s—t, that’s Todd,’ and people were filming and somehow I guess it just didn’t get traction online.”
“El Camino” immediately continues on from the events of “Breaking Bad” and follows Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after being freed from captivity, trying to find his own redemption to start his life over. Plemons returns to the film along with fellow “Breaking Bad” alums like Matt Jones, Charles Baker, Larry Hankin and Robert Forster.
Watch Plemons talk about “El Camino” and his next film, the Martin Scorsese movie “The Irishman,” above.