The Work Ethic of 'Breaking Bad'

Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
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Walter White could probably spring for some new glasses. The guy's making money now, after becoming the top meth chef in Albuquerque, and he could also replace that Eighties computer watch. But he still wears his old-school nerd gear with pride. That's the un-American power of Breaking Bad — it's the Mad Men of really shitty clothes. At the beginning of the new season, Walter (Bryan Cranston) puts on a Kenny Rogers T-shirt and some white jeans, after a gruesome corpse disposal — and then he hits Denny's for pancakes. That sums up all the moral tension of his world, but it also might be Walter's fashion peak.

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Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where he writes about music, TV and pop culture. He is the author of two books, Talking To Girls About Duran Duran and Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time.

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