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Aaron Paul attends 'Need for Speed' screening, hangs out with fans at Cheers

Posted by Emily Wright  February 13, 2014 10:30 AM

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Aaron Paul's first trip to Boston was pretty epic.

The "Breaking Bad" Emmy-winning star attended a screening for his upcoming film "Need for Speed" at the Loews Boston Common theater on Feb. 12, answered questions after the film, posed for photos, then invited the entire theater to Cheers on Beacon Street where he spent the rest of the night making sure everyone knew his name.

"This is my first trip to Boston and it makes me so sad because I love this place and I want to come back often," Paul told the group. "I spent a lot of my day today at Cheers and it was fantastic, so I think we might go there afterwards if you guys want to join? Yeah."

Skeptics doubted he'd return to the Boston landmark, but he stayed true to his word and even took time to Facetime with a fan while there.

Check out some of the fan pics that were snapped below.

Most of the Q&A portion of the evening was moderated by @BostonTweetUp's Joselin Mane, who asked questions about Paul's career, his personal life (Paul gushed about his wife Lauren Parsekian), and his time in Boston.

Paul was still mourning the loss of famed character Jesse Pinkman when he began filming "Need for Speed."

"The final day of "Breaking Bad" I was just walking around saying this is awful, the show is done, we're just shooting in the middle of the desert, Bryan Cranston and myself," Paul said. "It was like a flashback scene from the pilot and I just kept saying we needed to get matching tattoos by the end of the day -- which we did end up getting matching tattoos, Bryan, myself and about 30 of our crew members. Anyway, I went to the airport, tears in my eyes, and I got on the plane and I started it at 6:30 in the morning the next day."

Pay close attention during "Need for Speed" and you'll catch the debut of Paul's "Breaking Bad" tattoo.

Paul, who typically steers clear of big box office flicks (maybe because they don't want him, he quipped), told the audience he picked "Need for Speed" because of the driving.

The film, loosely based on the video game series of the same name, stars Paul as Tobey Marshall, a down-on-his-luck small town mechanic with a penchant for kicking ass in street races. Although the film is stocked with the world's supercar elite (think the Koenigsegg Agera, McLaren P1, and a 2015 Shelby GT500), Paul's favorite car his character's 1968 Ford Gran Torino.

After hearing that the film's director, Scott Waugh, wanted Paul to really drive in the movie, he said, "I can drive, I don't really know what kind of driving you want me to do."

"He got me on a closed track and I was out there as often as I could," Paul said. "I don't know if you guys could tell, but there was zero CGI in this film. All the stunts were actually were practical, they actually happened. None of it was green screened."

"He wanted the audience to truly know that I was driving these cars and that the cast was driving these cars."

If you want to see Paul pushing the GT500 at speeds of around 130 miles per hour for yourself, can check out "Need for Speed" in theaters nationwide March 14.


For more on the cars from the film, read Sanjay Salomon's piece for Boston.com.

Emily Wright can be reached at emily.wright@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @missemilywright.

 

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