'Breaking Bad' should have been called 'Breaking Malo'
As we bid farewell to Breaking Bad, there are a few things that stuck with us. Have you noticed how MUCH Latino influence there was on the critically acclaimed show? It took place in New Mexico therefore our culture couldn't be sidelined throughout the series. Our cuisine, music, and talents from Latino actors left many lasting impressions on the show.
Although the drama revolves around Walter White and his successful methamphetamine business, you have to admit Breaking Bad couldn't have done it without a little Latin flavor.
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We love that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan managed to naturally include a lot of our Latino culture in each of the seasons! It may not have always been in the most positive light, but the influence is there and it's a major part of the story. It may be long gone, but this drama is one that will go down in history and will influence our future roles in pop culture.
Narcocorrido music: This genre of music pays tribute to Mexican drug lords, which was fitting in the show. One song in particular especially made for the show was called "Negro y Azul: The Ballad of Heisenberg" by Los Cuates de Sinaloa.
Latin restaurants were Walter White's go-to meeting spots: White was known to pay visits to drug kingpin Gustavo Fring at the fast food restaurant he owned called Los Pollos Hermanos. He also visited Garduños of Mexico Restaurant & Cantina which increased their sale of guacamole by 30 percent after the side was ordered on the show.
Latino actors in the show: The show was packed with Latino actors such as Steven Michael Quezada as DEA agent Steven Gomez, Emily Rios as Jesse Pinkman's love interest Andrea Cantillo, Daniel and Luis Moncada as Marco and Leonel Salamanca, Raymond Cruz as drug kingpin Tuco Salamanca, and Danny Trejo as Tortuga.
The "White' House": In real life, Walter White's home is owned by Latino couple Fran and Louie Padilla. Unfortunately many people want to buy it, but they say it's not for sale!
Inspired Spanish version of Breaking Bad: It's no surprise that the Latino market wants a shot at a similarly themed show. Univision and Sony are teaming up to bring you Metástasis which will star Diego Trujillo, Robert Urbina, Sandra Reyes,and Julian Arango.
Albuquerque is the new tourism hot spot: Fans have visited the New Mexico city to check out locations from the show. Tours have been created and exposed people to the history, culture, and New Mexican cuisine of the city.
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