This weekend, Breaking Bad comes to an end. No more Walter White. No more Heisenberg. No more Jesse, Saul or Todd. No more of television's best drama. That's going to leave a gaping hole in fans' hearts, but one lucky -- and wealthy -- superfan has the opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind piece of Breaking Bad memorabilia: Heisenberg's face.
Yes, his face. Not his actual, scraped-from-his-skull face (that would be gross, and also illegal) but the next best thing, an incredibly lifelike mask that not only looks just like him, but was actually worn -- and signed! -- by the man himself, Bryan Cranston. And it can be yours for just a bit over $30k (at the time of this posting).
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The work of Denver-based sculptor/artist Landon Meier (previously profiled here for his super-creepy giant baby masks), the lifelike Heisenberg mask is the very same one worn by Cranston in his now infamous San Diego Comic Con stunt. If you missed that, Cranston wore the mask while walking the floor of the convention, interacting with fans who had no idea that under that creepy, disturbingly realistic Heisenberg mask was an even more realistic likeness of Heisenberg, like some kind of Russian nesting meth kingpins.
"The wonders of the Internet, man... I love the show, so I decided to make a mask of Walter White independently," Meier recalls. "I had it in my studio over in the Santa Fe art district and someone photographed it on First Friday. It got onto a Breaking Bad fansite and Instagram, and someone from [the show] found it from there. I was then contacted by Bryan Cranston's assistant, saying he wanted to wear it at Comic Con."
Meier jumped at the chance to put Cranston in a Heisenberg mask, asking only that he get the mask back when he was done with it, with the added sweetening of his autograph. Then, as an extra added bonus, Meier got the chance to meet the man himself.
"I ended up walking around with Bryan on the Comic Con convention floor," he says. "I had my Mike Tyson mask on. That's the only time I ever met him, and we were both wearing masks. We walked around for about forty minutes. He had a great fucking time. He was laughing his ass off. People were coming up to him and saying, 'Dude you even sound like Bryan Cranston.' It was pretty funny."
Later, Jimmy Fallon wore the same mask while interviewing Cranston on his show, making for another bizarre recursive Cranston singularity. Oh, and as a bonus, both Cranston and his co-star Aaron Paul (aka Jesse Pinkman on the show) sloppily made out with the mask at the Comic Con panel. When we said one of a kind, we meant it.
If you want a Heisenberg mask but can't drop more than $30,000 (peasant), you can get one of the masks that doesn't have Cranston's signature and DNA for a mere $4,000. Or if that doesn't strike your fancy, there's always Meier's latest creation, porn legend Ron Jeremy, his original creepy babyhead mask (a bargain at $350!), or his next planned project, Stephen Colbert. To see his work in person, visit Meier's studio at 841 Santa Fe Drive on the next First Friday, October 4.
As for Meier, he says he won't be attending any of the Breaking Bad finale parties around town, either in or out of the mask, because he prefers to give the show his full attention. That said, he is happy to share his favorite outlandish theory for how it ends:
"Walter White gets in some sort of witness protection, kind of like he's done now, but disappears, meets a lady and it's the first episode of Malcolm in the Middle," he says. "I would laugh my ass off."
Probably not, but hey, buy this mask -- the auction ends around the time of the finale! -- and you can shoot your own ending, any way you want.
(Note: A correction was added to the price of Meier's masks.)
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