Breaking Bad Creator To Fans: Stop Throwing Pizza On The Roof

Breaking Bad Creator To Fans: Stop Throwing Pizza On The Roof

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Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan doesn't think fans throwing pizza on "Walter White's" roof are clever. At all.

We need to talk, my fellow geeks and fans. We all have these beloved moments from our favorite series that we love to recreate in funny and clever ways - I totally get it. But there's a point where it's no longer funny or even appropriate, and throwing pizza on the roof of the Breaking Bad house crosses that line. Maybe you thought you were the first person to think of it? Well you're not - it's happening constantly, to the point that it irritates the family who really lives there while generally getting on Vince Gilligan's nerves.

"They're throwing pizzas on roofs and stuff like that," Gilligan said on the latest Better Call Saul Insider Podcast. "Let me tell you: There is nothing funny or original or cool about throwing pizzas on this lady's roof. It is just not funny. It's been done before. You're not the first."

If you're not a Breaking Bad viewer, this might require an explanation. In the Season 3 episode "Caballo Sin Nombre", Walter White returns home with pizza to reconcile with his wife Skylar. When this doesn't go the way old Heisenberg plans, he flips out and throws the pizza in a rage, and it lands on the roof. It's one of the funnier and more ridiculous moments in the series - but it gets less funny and more ridiculous when fans track down the real-world house with pizzas of their own.

You see, this Alburquerque house isn't a film set - it's where a real family has lived for 41 years, and now has to deal with visitors driving by, taking pictures, and throwing pizzas on the freaking roof. I mean, who do you think has to clean those up? Somebody from the cleaning crew? No, it's the actual family members who have to go up there with a ladder before animals tear into them.

Look, I get that it seems like a clever idea. But even Jonathan "Mike" Banks is threatening to come after people who try it. "If I catch you doing it, I will hunt you down," he warned in the same podcast. Do you really want Mike to quietly appear in your home one day? Over pizza? Come on, think this through.

Besides - and this is the crucial point here - it's an absolute waste of a pizza.

Source: Better Call Saul Insider Podcast, via AV Club

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Wow, some people. That's really sad.

I'm impressed to hear the owners have been there for 41 years though. That's cool.

Seems you've got a problem there, better call Saul.

But seriously, who drives to such a location just to waste a whole pizza on a joke like that? I don't know which makes me more mad, how unfunny it is, or the fact that good pizza was lost for no reason.

So it looks like TV does inspire people to do stupid shit. Not murder but still...

Wow is that stupid. I'd imagine that if idiots keep doing this they might be able to get police to constantly monitor the area so as to detour/catch anyone wanting to do this.

erttheking:
So it looks like TV does inspire people to do stupid shit. Not murder but still...

I think the people who would do something like this would already be doing stupid shit otherwise, and this type of thing only allows them to channel that stupidity.

I just... I don't even... Who the hell sees a rooftop and considers throwing a pizza on it to be the best possible action they could take!?

At this point, the owners should just get a metal pizza and throw it up there in homage to the series. That way, it will look already pizza'd, and people would be less inclined to vandalize decorate the home.

The owners should charge money.

Signa:
41 years.

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Baron von Blitztank:
I just... I don't even... Who the hell sees a rooftop and considers throwing a pizza on it to be the best possible action they could take!?

Frat boys. Frat boys and heretics.

OT: They should make whoever tries that get the ladder, climb up, pour Tabasco all over the pizza and eat it off the roof with a plastic knife and fork - the cheapest and cruddiest that can be found.

Now, don't get me wrong, these people are assholes and it's a stupid prank at that.

That said, this is what happens when you use real locations to film, surely it's not super surprising.

People are absolute idiots.

At what point did they stop realizing that an act of vandalism is an act of vandalism because they saw it on TV? Is this not exactly what we DON'T want, people conflating entertainment with reality? Ugh.

That poor poor pizza.

Just give it to me.
Why waste it? XD

But seriously, this is really dumb. It's not funny, and you're messing with people's lives just because they let their house be used in a TV series.
Silly people...

Hah!

I find this hilarious, even though it's really stupid. But seriously though, they are wasting pizzas, which is never a good thing.

Signa:
At this point, the owners should just get a metal pizza and throw it up there in homage to the series. That way, it will look already pizza'd, and people would be less inclined to vandalize decorate the home.

This.

Sadly, it was an awesome little Easter Egg on a very incredible and popular T.V. show. It's going to happen, because to the people doing it, it's not vandalism, it's a lovely homage to a great T.V. show.

I get it's annoying, but it's like Jim said about Twitter; you don't consider how many people there are, so when you send a Tweet to a e-celeb, odds are you're the 1000th person to have said it and it's not funny anymore.

Yeah, no.

Waste of Pizza, not that funny a joke in the first place.

2/10. Might have been funny the very first time but that first time was a long time ago at this point.

At least its less heinous than going into the meth lab business, so a step up for the dumbest Breaking Bad fans.

I'm a bit surprised at how upset everyone in this thread seems to be.

Sure, it's stupid and annoying for the family who lives there - but it's not the huge issue some in this thread are making it out to be. I'm sure those who threw the pizzas didn't know it happend so often, and I'm equally sure they'll stop now that they know it's disturbing the owners.

Give them a break.

awesomeClaw:
I'm a bit surprised at how upset everyone in this thread seems to be.

Sure, it's stupid and annoying for the family who lives there - but it's not the huge issue some in this thread are making it out to be. I'm sure those who threw the pizzas didn't know it happend so often, and I'm equally sure they'll stop now that they know it's disturbing the owners.

Give them a break.

Really though. They actually committed a crime. It is called vandalization of property. That is when you break, dump trash on or deface someone elses property without their permission.

It is diferent when it is something generally accepted such as kids tossing shit during halloween. These however are grown people vandalizing someone elses property because of a damn tv show.

If I lived in that house I'd be furious.

I will not give them a break.

Seraj33:

awesomeClaw:
I'm a bit surprised at how upset everyone in this thread seems to be.

Sure, it's stupid and annoying for the family who lives there - but it's not the huge issue some in this thread are making it out to be. I'm sure those who threw the pizzas didn't know it happend so often, and I'm equally sure they'll stop now that they know it's disturbing the owners.

Give them a break.

Really though. They actually committed a crime. It is called vandalization of property. That is when you break, dump trash on or deface someone elses property without their permission.

It is diferent when it is something generally accepted such as kids tossing shit during halloween. These however are grown people vandalizing someone elses property because of a damn tv show.

If I lived in that house I'd be furious.

I will not give them a break.

Give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they didn't know the house actually had owners who lived there? Or they didn't know it happend as often as it did.

People sometimes do stupid things because they think it might be funny. I agree, this is bad. But it's not swatting, and it's not breaking a window.

They put a piece of food on a roof, as a joke. Dumb? Yes. Worthy of getting outraged over? No.

And how do you know they're grown people? They might be 15 for all you know.

Jeeze, do these random jerks WANT that family to have ants? Because this is how you get ants.

awesomeClaw:

Seraj33:

awesomeClaw:
I'm a bit surprised at how upset everyone in this thread seems to be.

Sure, it's stupid and annoying for the family who lives there - but it's not the huge issue some in this thread are making it out to be. I'm sure those who threw the pizzas didn't know it happend so often, and I'm equally sure they'll stop now that they know it's disturbing the owners.

Give them a break.

Really though. They actually committed a crime. It is called vandalization of property. That is when you break, dump trash on or deface someone elses property without their permission.

It is diferent when it is something generally accepted such as kids tossing shit during halloween. These however are grown people vandalizing someone elses property because of a damn tv show.

If I lived in that house I'd be furious.

I will not give them a break.

Give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they didn't know the house actually had owners who lived there? Or they didn't know it happend as often as it did.

People sometimes do stupid things because they think it might be funny. I agree, this is bad. But it's not swatting, and it's not breaking a window.

They put a piece of food on a roof, as a joke. Dumb? Yes. Worthy of getting outraged over? No.

And how do you know they're grown people? They might be 15 for all you know.

I just can't agree. If they managed to track the building down then they must have, somewhere along the way, figured that "Hey, you know who usually lives in houses in suburbs? People."

Sure it is not a broken window or something like that and I am probably getting more upset than I should, imagining myself in the owners place. But I still really can't sympathize with them. Stupid behaviour like that shouldn't be so easily excused, in my opinion.

And I asume they are mostly grown people as teenagers don't have the same means of transportation as... although the drivers license age limit is 16 in USA isn't it? Nevermind then.

*Sees thumbnail and reads title*
*Laughs*
*Reads story and comments*

Oh.... Well, yeah, I guess it does suck for the lady that lives there. Must suck even more to remove them. Hope this look up for her.

...Hm? What? Oh, no, I'm not taking the laugh back. That shit's funny.

This is a problem I have with the Internet and geek culture in general: People cling to one joke, that isn't even their own joke, and reference it as often as humanly possible for reasons I cannot fathom--because surely they have to realize at some point it stopped being funny ages ago.

It's like how you can't complain about a game being 30fps anymore without a thousand voices screaming in unison "BUT IT'S MORE CINEMATIC!!"

You are not creative nor clever, you are just obnoxious.

Seraj33:

awesomeClaw:

Seraj33:

Really though. They actually committed a crime. It is called vandalization of property. That is when you break, dump trash on or deface someone elses property without their permission.

It is diferent when it is something generally accepted such as kids tossing shit during halloween. These however are grown people vandalizing someone elses property because of a damn tv show.

If I lived in that house I'd be furious.

I will not give them a break.

Give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they didn't know the house actually had owners who lived there? Or they didn't know it happend as often as it did.

People sometimes do stupid things because they think it might be funny. I agree, this is bad. But it's not swatting, and it's not breaking a window.

They put a piece of food on a roof, as a joke. Dumb? Yes. Worthy of getting outraged over? No.

And how do you know they're grown people? They might be 15 for all you know.

I just can't agree. If they managed to track the building down then they must have, somewhere along the way, figured that "Hey, you know who usually lives in houses in suburbs? People."

Sure it is not a broken window or something like that and I am probably getting more upset than I should, imagining myself in the owners place. But I still really can't sympathize with them. Stupid behaviour like that shouldn't be so easily excused, in my opinion.

And I asume they are mostly grown people as teenagers don't have the same means of transportation as... although the drivers license age limit is 16 in USA isn't it? Nevermind then.

We all get more upset than we need to get sometimes, I feel you.

And as I think it over, I suppose you do have a point. Apoligizing for petty crimes will only encourage petty criminals. And we don't want that.

awesomeClaw:
I'm a bit surprised at how upset everyone in this thread seems to be.

Sure, it's stupid and annoying for the family who lives there - but it's not the huge issue some in this thread are making it out to be. I'm sure those who threw the pizzas didn't know it happend so often, and I'm equally sure they'll stop now that they know it's disturbing the owners.

Give them a break.

I agree that it's not a HUGE deal but give them a break? Nope. They're still vandalizing property, hassling the homeowners who have to deal with removing all those damn pizzas from their roof and just being dicks really. I mean some number of them must have realised people live there, with cars in the drive and people living in the other houses in the neighbourhood, I'm really not willing to give many of them the benefit of the doubt on that one.

The human race is just species of primates. Although, technically we're apes, monkey see, monkey do still applies. Fifty other monkey's may have done it already but each individual monkey is going to think they are the only special one that thought of it. They're all going to also think nothing really influenced them to do it too.

awesomeClaw:

We all get more upset than we need to get sometimes, I feel you.

And as I think it over, I suppose you do have a point. Apoligizing for petty crimes will only encourage petty criminals. And we don't want that.

Exactly. My mother told me when I was younger that "It begins with a little needle and ends with a silver plate."

Maybe it was funny the first time. Maybe.

HOWEVER, it's definitely not, the second or the third or the fourth or the four-hundredth time! It's cruel and unoriginal. Stahp.

ccggenius12:
Jeeze, do these random jerks WANT that family to have ants? Because this is how you get ants.

Yes it is, Other Barry. Yes it is.

lacktheknack:
People are absolute idiots.

At what point did they stop realizing that an act of vandalism is an act of vandalism because they saw it on TV? Is this not exactly what we DON'T want, people conflating entertainment with reality? Ugh.

its heart warming that you think they ever realized that to begin with.

P.S. am i going mad or the capchas move now.... mine is jumping up and down. WHAT THE HELL?

If I were the family, I would try to set up some kind of a speed camera system to take photos of the dickhead throwing the pizzas when he or she drive or walked by!

Yeah that's pretty lame and a waste of a perfectly good pizza.

How about going out with your friends and eating the pizza and having fun instead of wasting someone's time.

I wonder if a decoy plastic pizza would ward off these assholes.

Asshole: "Tee hee, I'm soooo original."
Plastic Pizza already on roof...
Asshole: "I'm sad, lonely and unoriginal. Pizza, will you keep me company in my belly?"

Problem solved. Kinda.

 

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