When the "Breaking Bad" finale ended, the "Breaking Bad" party went into high gear.
The sold-out screening of the finale of "Breaking Bad" at Hollywood Forever Cemetery served as the opening act for Aaron Paul's loud and jubilant VIP after-party to celebrate the end of the series that established him as one of Hollywood's hottest stars.
The party was the conclusion of an event staged by Paul, who played troubled junkie Jesse Pinkman on the series, and his wife Lauren to benefit the Kind Campaign, a movement and school program bringing awareness and healing to the problem of girl-against-girl crime and bullying. The event raised $2 million for the program, which is co-run by Lauren Paul.
Several stars from the series, including Bryan Cranston, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks and Robert Forster, crowded into the cemetery's Masonic Lodge with an eclectic group of celebrities, including Bill Hader and adult film icon Ron Jeremy.
Attendees took pictures with the show's drug lab/RV "the Crystal Ship" while munching on pizzas, sliders and other snacks. Questlove from the Roots was the party's DJ, spinning a mix of tunes ranging from David Bowie's "Let's Dance" to Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
Paul, dressed in the yellow hazmat suit from the series, was jubilant as he wandered through the crowd, taking pictures and accepting congratulations from a nonstop onslaught of well-wishers.
Cranston, who played chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White, and Esposito, who played deadly meth distributor Gus Fring, appeared particularly happy as they reunited. Posing for pictures, Cranston planted a playful kiss on Esposito's cheek.
It had been a whirlwind day for Cranston: He said he had rushed to the event from Boston, where earlier in the day he had starred in a matinee performance of the American Repertory Theatre's production of "All The Way," in which he plays former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
"I'm a little dizzy, but this is so great," he said.
Wearing large-brimmed hats, bartenders were dressed as Heisenberg, White's criminal persona. Busboys were dressed as Pinkman, complete with knit caps.
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