One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director James Ponsoldt‘s Smashed. Written by Susan Burke and James Ponsoldt, Smashed is about a young married couple – played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul – who are brought together by booze. When Winstead’s character (Kate) decides to get sober, it creates its own set of problems. While the film and subject matter could have easily drifted into a Lifetime movie of the week, what makes Smashed work is a career best performance by Winstead and fantastic work from the rest of the cast which includes Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, and Megan Mullally. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s review.
Shortly after seeing the film, I got to sit down with Aaron Paul for an exclusive interview. We talked about what it means for him to be a part of Sundance, how he got involved in Smashed, what it’s about, who he plays, and the experience of making the movie in 19 days. In addition, with Paul getting ready to film the final season of Breaking Bad (they start filming in March and it airs this July), we talked about his feelings on the show ending, how much he likes to learn about the season before they shoot, and other upcoming projects like Quad (which is based on a true story of a man who becomes a quadriplegic) and Decoding Annie Parker (another project based on a true story of a woman who develops cancer). Hit the jump to watch.