Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston on Returning to ‘Better Call Saul’ and the Road to Making the World’s Best Mezcal

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston on Returning to ‘Higher Name Saul’ and the Street to Making the World’s Finest Mezcal


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There Bryan Cranston was, making a margarita with some Dos Hombres — the mezcal he and Aaron Paul launched along with their accomplice Gregorio Velasco again in 2019 — for his castmates whereas engaged on the upcoming Wes Anderson film Asteroid Metropolis in Spain.

“Jason Schwartzman simply went insane for Dos Hombres,” Cranston admits over the cellphone with Rolling Stone on Earth Day. “Personally, he was going via the entire provide. However all people was loving it. I imply, really, it was loopy.”

Cranston has handled his co-stars to some mezcal cocktails earlier than. There was additionally that point, in London, that Cranston was “on a film, and Sam Rockwell and Catherine O’Hara and Allison Janney have been there. And I mentioned, right here, I’ll make Palomas.”

Utilizing Dos Hombres, together with “hotel-supplied recent grapefruit juice,” plus some agave syrup “to take the chew out if it’s just a little too puckery,” Cranston whipped up a batch for his crew. “They’d seconds and thirds,” he says. “It’s a lot enjoyable when you may introduce folks to your personal child, and so they all adore it. It’s simply unbelievable. We’re tremendous enthusiastic about that.”

Though it’s solely been obtainable for a pair years, the Breaking Dangerous stars’ child has already proved itself as an award-winning mezcal, incomes reward from the New York World Wine & Spirits Competitors, the San Francisco World Spirits Competitors, together with being named “New York Blanco Mezcal of the 12 months.”

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For followers who’ve already poured a glass of their very own, this information gained’t come as a lot of a shock. The brand new spirit, which the corporate produces in San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca, speaks for itself — a mellow and scrumptious mezcal that has the ability to show any skeptic into an on the spot fan.

There are numerous mezcals obtainable right now, however what units Dos Hombres aside from the competitors, except for being based and self-funded by award-winning actors, is, partly, its approachable taste.

“Our mezcal has that smoke that you just come to like when consuming a mezcal, however it doesn’t style such as you’re consuming a tire that’s on fireplace,” says Paul, who’s dialing in on this present day from LA. “It’s very clean. It’s a pleasant introductory stage mezcal, however you get these fruit notes from the native fruit timber.”

Together with the way it tastes, Paul and Cranston have made it a precedence to maintain the mezcal-making course of as sustainable as potential. Although it’s develop into a classy buzzword that some manufacturers love to make use of to advertise their product, the co-stars have made sustainability a part of Dos Hombres’ DNA.

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“It’s necessary as a result of we consider that we are able to have a tremendously profitable enterprise and nonetheless be accountable stewards to the earth, and to the human beings… particularly in Mexico,” Cranston says. “The historical past of mezcal makers down in Mexico [dates back] tons of of years [and] what we do down there may be observe the normal methods of conservation.”

That features utilizing leftover agave and water from the distillation course of as fertilizer or repurposing wooden log items as charcoal through the smoking course of. “There’s nothing that goes to waste,” Cranston explains. “All the things is used and recycled, and we’re actually pleased with that.”

In response to Paul, their mezcal additionally occurs to be “artisanal, so we don’t want to make use of electrical energy. It’s simply all previous world. The one factor in our juice is smoked agave and mountain spring water and it’s such a fantastic spirit.”

Dos Hombres is a part of a rising variety of celebrity-owned alcohol manufacturers which have launched over the past couple of years. And although the celebs are understandably followers of their very own booze, when requested about others they like, one other movie star duo involves thoughts.

“My associates, Paul and Ian, they began a bourbon, Brother’s Bond, and it’s actually a fantastic bourbon. I’m so proud of what they’re doing,” Paul says concerning the former Vampire Diaries stars’ spirit, which launched virtually a 12 months in the past.

Associated: Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Launch Brother’s Bond Bourbon Whiskey

Although Cranston says he’s “all in” on mezcal as of late, he echoes Paul’s sentiment concerning the 80-proof whiskey, “As a result of Paul Wesley performed my son in a film and he is an efficient dude. And, , there’s area for everyone,” Cranston gives. “And I’ve tried the Brother’s Bond too and I prefer it. It’s an excellent bourbon.”

Since launching Dos Hombres practically three years in the past in July 2019, Cranston and Paul have promoted it throughout the nation, particularly in current months. They not too long ago visited Vegas collectively, and subsequent, they’re heading to Florida and on to “an East Coast tour in New York” Paul says.

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Your native Dos Hombres provider isn’t the one place you may catch them this season; followers will quickly get an opportunity to see Cranston and Paul reprise their Breaking Dangerous roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman within the last season of the present’s spin-off collection Higher Name Saul.

Whereas Paul says he thinks followers of the AMC collection “can be very excited to see how and after we present up,” there’s nonetheless not a lot he can reveal about what viewers can anticipate from their look.

“We have been flown in, we have been instructed we are able to’t go away. So we have been virtually like witnesses in a safety program,” Cranston says. Filming the upcoming Higher Name Saul look recalled an identical expertise he had whereas engaged on the Breaking Dangerous film, 2019’s El Camino.

“[I] flew in, went to a non-public place on the airport, walked off the airplane and right into a automobile, needed to have a coat and a hood over my head. They even gave us code names,” Cranston says. “I feel we have been Bert and Ernie.” (And, for the report, “You have been Bert, I used to be Ernie,” Paul says.)

Although the 2 are touring across the nation, making stops to pour glasses of Dos Hombres, would Cranston and Paul be open to doing extra appearances as Walt and Jesse? One other collection? One other Breaking Dangerous film?

“Really, it’s humorous you must point out that,” Cranston says, “as a result of Aaron and I are going as Walt and Jesse on Dancing With the Stars.”

“Oh my god,” Paul says, laughing.

In actuality, followers most likely gained’t discover Walt and Jesse waltzing their option to the silver display screen anytime quickly, except for their upcoming Higher Name Saul look. Because it seems, the 2 are focusing a lot of their consideration on their new roles collectively.

“We have to let these characters go in order that we are able to tackle new ones,” Cranston later says. “And proper now, the brand new characters that now we have are as entrepreneurs on this driving enterprise of ours. And we’re enthusiastic about it.”

“Dos Hombres is rising exponentially,” Cranston continues, “and now we have this purpose of constructing Dos Hombres the No. 1 mezcal on the earth. And that’s going to take a whole lot of work in years to come back, and we’re ready to place within the work.”

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