BOISE -- AMC's Breaking Bad is one of the highest acclaimed shows on television. One of the reasons it gets so many awards, is its co-star, a young man from the Treasure Valley. Sunday night, Aaron Paul returned home for a screening of one of the final episodes of the show, and to give back to this community in an event called 'Breaking Bad for Good.'
It was a mob scene as hundreds lined up in front of the Egyptian Theatre in haz-mat suits, makeup, and bearing signs celebrating their favorite show and the Centennial High grad, Paul.
Besides the meth part, he's pretty relatable. He's a lovable character, said Baeleigh Hamlin and Haleigh Gregory who came dressed in haz-mat suits.
And on this night, Paul wasn't only back in his hometown for a screening, but also to give back. All of the proceeds of the event went to charities like the Idaho Foodbank, St. Luke's Childrens' Hospital, and the Treasure Valley Youth Theater.
Boise is such a loving, amazing community, that they want to come back and give back to the community, which is really great, said Paymon Shariat-Panahi, who came to the screening dressed as one of the characters from the show.
Paul's sister, Danielle Hart, also attended the screening along with other family members. Hart says her brother graduated high school early to move down to L.A. to be a star. His family never doubted him.
He was passionate, she said. And it's what he wanted to do, so he went down there.
And now, he's a two-time Emmy winner, and hometown hero. But, it took years of auditioning for bit parts and commercials to get to this point.
It was a rollercoaster, said Hart. It was super exciting. He'd get like a Corn Pops commercial or Juicy Fruit or whatever, and we'd all just be freaking out, so excited. It was so great, and then he got this, and it was just amazing. We didn't realize, obviously, at the time, that it was going to be so big.
But it is, and he is. But to his friends and family, he's still Aaron, an Idaho kid who had the courage and strength to follow and achieve his dream.
It's so special, said Hart. I love him, obviously, and he deserves it. He's worked really really hard.
Peak Broadcasting was a big help in the charity fundraising for this event.