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Breaking Bad actor Raymond Cruz speaks out after co-star Aaron Paul claimed he knocked him out during filming

Katherine Sidnell

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Breaking Bad actor Raymond Cruz speaks out after co-star Aaron Paul claimed he knocked him out during filming

Featured Image Credit: AMC/Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Given that Breaking Bad was about drug dealers, it’s unsurprising that it was pretty violent.

The cast didn’t pull any punches either, with Aaron Paul claiming he was knocked out by Raymond Cruz during filming.

However, the Better Call Saul star says he remembers things a little differently.

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If you haven’t watched the second season of Breaking Bad, you probably won’t know about the intense fight between the pair in episode two, aka Grilled.

The intense episode sees former teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Paul) kidnapped by drug lord Tuco Salamanca (Cruz).

Of course, a fight breaks out with Jesse being thrown through a screen door.

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The pair had an intense fight sequence. Credit: AMC
The pair had an intense fight sequence. Credit: AMC

After filming wrapped, Paul claimed he was knocked half unconscious with Cruz continuing to kick and punch him before medics arrived on set.

Meanwhile, the Training Day actor insists this isn’t actually what happened and claims that his co-star was concussed rather than knocked out.

He told The Mirror: "It's kind of accurate but not quite because Aaron suffered a concussion at the beginning of the scene and you can see it on film.”

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The actor claims he was knocked out during the fight. Credit: AMC
The actor claims he was knocked out during the fight. Credit: AMC

According to the Better Call Saul star, he was the one who stopped the stunt.

The 62-year-old went on to explain that Paul made a major mistake during the stunt, saying: “He gets thrown through a screen door and he catches the screen door on his arm because instead of crossing his arms when he hit the door, he had them open and caught the screen door and lifted it off its hinges.

"I'm actually the one who stopped it. You can see in the scene, he stood up and I thought he was really there but once we got through the wall, I stopped it and I said, 'Um, he's not there'.

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Whilst it might not have left Paul feeling all that great, the shot made for epic TV.

"The guy suffered a blow to the head and it was from the screen door. And you can see it because it's the actual scene that they used in the film,” continued Cruz, adding: "It's a crazy take because it's so violent, the door ripped off its hinges. He actually ripped the door off with his body weight when he got caught on it so it's a fantastic looking take."

Though they might disagree on the stunt, the episode means a lot to Cruz as it was his last as the infamous drug lord.

Going out with a bang, we guess?

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Celebrity, US News

Katherine Sidnell
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