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Aaron Paul Wants To Play Kurt Cobain

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By Brian Morales

Aaron Paul rose to fame after playing his iconic character, Jesse, in 'Breaking Bad' (alongside Bryan Cranston). After that, Paul went on to a more comedic role in the animated series 'Bojack Horseman'. With both spectrums covered, Paul has solidified himself as a actor with range.

Now the 40-year old actor wants to take on a much bigger role, the lead singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain. In a recent interview the 'Breaking Bad' star expressed his desire to play Cobain.

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Paul On Playing Cobain

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In a recent interview with NME's Gary Ryan, Paul opened up about playing 'Weird Al' Yankovic in a Funny or Die video. The video parodied a humorous affair between Weird Al and Madonna. Paul spoke on his respect for Yankovic, and how he has been a huge fan his whole life.

The conversation eventually segued into Paul's interest in playing his other idols. "When I first moved to LA, I thought quite a bit about Kurt Cobain and what happened and I just love Nirvana" said Paul.

Aaron Paul Today

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"‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was one of the first records I bought with my own money, so I’ve thought that could be interesting [to play Cobain]." continued Paul.

But talks about a Cobain Bio-pic haven't gotten any further than news on the Israeli director Oren Moverman, and sadly he hasn't followed up yet. Right now Paul is focusing on what he loves:

"It’s just about doing stuff that I continue to love. I mean, I’m madly in love. I have a beautiful baby girl. I have a job on a series I love Westworld and it’s a beautiful thing. I started a mezcal company with one of my best friends [Cranston]. I’m in a very happy place."

Cobain Bio

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It seems as though the past few years have been packed with music idol bio-pics. From the Freddie Mercury biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' starring Rami Malek, to the Elton John Bio-pic 'Rocketman' starring Taron Egerton as Elton.

We could definitely see a film about the grunge star Kurt Cobain. Nirvana practically started a movement with their rock-fused style from the '90s. With everyone trying to re-live nostalgia, we wouldn't be surprised to see a modern day telling of the lead singer's troubled history.

The Breaking Bad Legacy

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Shifting back to Aaron Paul, the star is still trying to cope with the legacy of 'Breaking Bad' and its constantly growing fan base:

"I’m still experiencing the effects of it,” he says. “So many people to this day are still just getting caught up on Breaking Bad, like the younger generations who are old enough to watch it now. It goes in waves: a young kid in the eighth grade [13 or 14 years old] starts telling their friends: ‘Have you seen Breaking Bad? It’s on Netflix – you should watch it"

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