breakingbad4x01-1 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I would go to sleep if I were you.

Over on the booze-lubricated interview series Speakeasy, comedian and host Paul F. Tompkins had a bright idea for guest Jonathan Banks, best known for portraying ex-cop turned drug empire handyman Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad: since his character is both “a badass and a doting grandfather,” why not hear some fairy tales in his uniquely threatening voice? The result is equal parts soothing and unnerving.

Banks may not be totally thrilled with his cold reads here, but the sick-of-it-all intonation as he relates stories such as “Robbing Hood,” “Snitchin’ Little” and “Snow White and the Seven Corpse Barrels” reminds us why Ehrmantraut is one of the more beloved personalities on the AMC series. In particular, the little codas—“now shut up, and go to bed”—are masterful.

In some ways, these noirish revisions are truer to the gruesome medieval origins of such folklore. Tompkins can hardly conceal his delight, and neither, come to think of it, can we.

Photo by Branford/Flickr

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
Watch Aaron Paul's audition tape for 'Breaking Bad'
Jesse Pinkman was never supposed to make it this far. Series creator Vince Gilligan originally intended to kill the off the beloved Breaking Bad character in a botched drug deal at the end of the AMC drama’s first season. But Pinkman quickly became indispensable, both as Walter White’s cracked sideman and as an audience favorite: He’s a captivating and complex character—damaged, flawed, showing every mistake in his facial expressions.
From Our VICE Partners

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!