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Albuquerque To Get Statues Of Local Heroes Walter White And Jesse Pinkman

From jilted high school chemistry teacher and aimless high school dropout (respectively) to fearsome drug kingpins forever immortalized in bronze — what a journey for Walt and Jesse, folks.

Sony Pictures announced the incredibly entertaining news that Heisenberg himself and his right hand man (and sometimes foe) Jesse Pinkman will both receive statues of their own on July 29, 2022, outside the Albuquerque Convention Center to honor the prolific series and its two unforgettable protagonists . Why make such a public display of a pair of fictional (and, honestly, quite despicable) criminals? Honestly, the better question would be why not? In a statement, co-creator Vince Gilligan had this to say about the upcoming event:

“Over the course of fifteen years, two TV shows and one movie, Albuquerque has been wonderful to us. I wanted to return the favor and give something back. These larger-than-life bronzes of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman exist thanks to the generosity of Sony Pictures Television and the artistry of sculptor Trevor Grove, and I love them. It makes me happy to picture them gracing The Duke City for decades to come, attracting busloads of tourists.”

In a joint release, both Cranston and Paul joked, “We also appreciate that the statues will be indoors, and therefore protected from pigeons depositing their critiques on our heads.” The duo will be in attendance at the official unveiling alongside Gilligan, co-creator Peter Gould, Mayor Tim Keller, and other guests. There’s no word on exactly what these statues will look like, but here’s hoping we get Jesse’s memorable “Magnets!” pose (which, if you ask me, puts Rocky’s famous statue to shame) alongside Walt’s legendary “What are you talking about?” expression.

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