NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Bryan Cranston attends "MacBeth" Broadway Opening Night at Longacre Theatre on April 28, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Breaking Bad
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"Breaking Bad" has practically become synonymous with Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the point that the city has erected statues of the show's two main characters. However, according to the hit show’s lead actor Bryan Cranston, the show wouldn’t have taken place in Albuquerque at all if it weren't for one specific reason.
Speaking to Route Magazine, Cranston revealed that series creator Vince Gilligan originally meant for "Breaking Bad" to take place in Southern California. Cranston said, "The studio said look, there's no rebate in California at that time but why don't we move the show, we need to shoot it in Albuquerque to save money."
The decision to pack up and move the show slightly east ended up being hugely beneficial for the studio. According to Cranston, "25% of everything that we spent in New Mexico was credited back to the studio," so relocating the series was a no-brainer.