If you're homeless and penniless in America, you have two options: open a meth lab, or trade impressions of the Breaking Bad cast for food. (Yes, those are the only options.)
Now, YouTube sensation Miles Allen brings his uncanny one-man Breaking Bad show to Australia for the MICF, with spot-on impressions of all the show's main characters: Walt, Jesse, Saul, Skyler, Hank, Walt Junior, Mike and Gus Fring.
Miles, you must attract a lot of misty-eyed Breaking Bad nostalgists to your show. Is One Man Breaking Bad kind of like one last fix?
When it comes to Breaking Bad fanatics, I am second to none. Just like the blue meth that Walter made, as soon as I tasted the first episode I was hooked on the TV show like a bad habit. And me being an avid impressionist and comedian, creating this show was just a natural reaction for me. I’m looking forward to presenting this to fellow “addicts” to enjoy a taste of the show again.
Which character is the hardest and best to play?
I would say Walt Jr. is the hardest to play, simply because people will sometimes mistake my impression of him as an insensitive ridicule of not only a character with cerebral palsy, but the actor as well. I have the utmost respect for RJ Mitte and believe that his character is pivotal not only in the series, but in my show as well. My favourite character to play is Jesse. Why? Because, “YEAH BITCH!"
Did you hate any of the TV characters?
For a while it was Skylar simply because she was Walt’s main antagonist for a lot of the show, but eventually I sympathised with her character for all she went through. Then came Todd. He freaked me out. I wanted him gone the moment he was introduced.
Your “homeless man doing Breaking Bad impressions” video went viral. What was that experience like?
Like nothing I could have ever expected. When my buddies and I made that sketch, we were just looking for something fun to do on a Monday afternoon. When it went from 200 views to over 200,000 views in one day, it was surreal. I was getting calls from news outlets like The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast; it was very cool. I was also getting calls from my friends, who were asking such questions like, “Dude, are you homeless? You can stay at my place!" It’s always a great pleasure for comedian to create something that is not only entertaining to himself, but to a mass audience as well. That is a rare blessing, and I am humbled that I got to experience it!
As an actor, your IMDB credits include “Hot Guy #1”. What would your ultimate credit be?
Gotta love that credit! I keep fantasising that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will call me up one day and offer me part in the spin-off show, Better Call Saul. That would be a dream come true.