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Breaking Bad's Todd Actor Jesse Plemons - How Much Weight Did He Gain in El Camino?

Published Tue Oct 15 2019 By Travis
Breaking Bad's Todd Actor Jesse Plemons - How Much Weight Did He Gain in El Camino?

After years of waiting, the Breaking Bad movie finally arrived on the small and big screens. It was all we hoped for, the answer to the question of what happened to 'Jesse Pinkman' after he escaped the compound of the Neo-Nazis. Jesse got the fate he deserved, and the story was a great addition to the already illustrious series 'Breaking Bad.'

This article will contain some spoilers for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, so turn away if you are waiting to see the movie.

Watch The trailer for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix.

The best aspect of the movie was the continuation of the story after six years of the series going off the air in 2013. It was nice to see Jesse Pinkman back on the screen, but the person who stole all the scenes he appeared in was Todd, the sadistic killer from the final season of Breaking Bad. 

The problem with his flashback appearance in the movie was some continuation problem. The actor, Jesse Plemons, playing the character, 'Todd,' was fat, and it was noticeable and a drastic change from his role in the show six years ago.

How Much Weight Did Jesse Plemons Gain in El Camino? What was the Reason for the Gain?

Firstly, the movie went on the floor after six years of wrapping the series in 2013. Most of all, the actors involved in the show got old, and with age came other changes to the body.

Jesse Plemons as Jesse in the train robbery scene of Breaking Bad.

Actor Jesse Plemons was 25 years old when the series was going on. He was starting his career, and when he was asked to return to the movie, Plemons was 30-31. By the time the movie started filming, and now we are getting to see it, the actor seems to be about 30-35 pounds heavier than when he played Todd in 2013. But there is a reason for the actor gaining weight and not being able to lose it.

Jesse Plemons at the Game Night premiere.
Jesse Plemons gained some weight between the Breaking Bad series and the movie. Source: Variety

Between the series and the movie, the actor went through a lot of transformation and worked on multiple projects. This was why he was fat in the Breaking Bad film; he gained weight for the Johnny Depp movie 'Black Mass' released two years after he was done playing Todd.

It wasn’t the only movie he was part of where he needed to carry weight; in the Miniseries 'Fargo,' he played a fat character, which is why he could not lose weight. Then he appeared in another limited series, 'Black Mirror,' where, in series four’s first episode, 'USS Callister,' he played a fat game developer. The weight went perfectly with the role, so there was no reason to trim it.

Jesse Plemons
Jesse Plemons gained weight for movie roles, which carried over in Breaking Bad. Source: Celebrity Cardboard Cutouts

Then the actor appeared in the Christian Bale starrer 'Vice' where again he was slightly overweight for the character, and then he was hired in 'The Irishman' where he will most probably be sporting a gut.

Most of all, the characters he played since the end of Breaking Bad involved him sporting a heavier body frame. So, when the Breaking Bad movie came along, there wasn’t enough time for the actor to trim down healthily and get to where he was six years ago.

Some “Fans” Were Cruel About the Actor Gaining Weight

The Internet is a gutter, well, not the internet, specifically social media and mainly Twitter and, in some parts, Reddit. Reddit is strict on the hate policy, so most people don’t get away with saying hateful things, which is nice. 

Jesse Plemons and fiance Kristen Dunst.
Jesse Plemons and fiance Kristen Dunst.

On the other hand, Twitter Onis the worst place on planet earth, where anonymous people can say anything they want, whether it is nice or not.

After the movie was released on Netflix, most of the fans praised the actors for their portrayal, and then a few were keen to get some virtual points by talking about hideous things about the actor Jesse Plemons.

Various factors could prompt people to get fat and not lose weight; what we see from the outside is just a fraction of what a person is going through in real life. Shaming people for their weight without knowing what they are going through can harm their self-esteem and, most specifically, their mental health.

A fat or obese person is usually insecure and finds it hard to fit in, and people saying mean things will only perpetuate harm. The actor said he gained weight for a part, but few were keen to body-shame the actor. Well, thank god, not all the fans are hideous because most of the fans came to the defense of the actor and talked about the amazing acting he did in the movie.

Jesse Plemons Character Todd was the Winner in the Movie

Jesse Plemons portrayed the character of Todd perfectly, showing compassion as well as his psychotic nature in the opening hour of the film. 

Jesse Plemons

While all the cameos in the movie were great, Jesse’s presence as Todd was menacing and equally terrifying and shed light on why Jesse Pinkman was so afraid and unable to run away from his captors.

The whole plot of the Breaking Bad movie and the things Pinkman did in the film were in direct relation to the situations which occurred to the character in the flashbacks at the hands of Todd, and most fans were appreciative of the fact the actor didn’t miss a beat coming back to the character and playing it to perfection.

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