In its continued push toward worldwide media domination (or at least mainstream legitimacy), hipster Bible Vice partnered with AMC Friday night, throwing a premiere party for the third season of the network's breakout hit "Breaking Bad."
Granted, the Sunday night drama is a show about methamphetamine, so the magazine's edgy, drug-happy image shouldn't be tarnished. The affair (which included the first episode screening, shorts by comedic cast member Bob Odenkirk, tacos, a mariachi band and enough Colt 45s and Tecates to keep everyone sufficiently sauced) took place at the Angel Orsensanz Foundation, a 19th-centuary synagogue on the Lower East Side that now serves as perhaps the city's most stunning event space.
Enthusiastic guests didn't seem overly taken with the ornate architecture, however, mingling loudly beneath vaulted ceilings and generally lacking the sense of religious reverence befitting such venue. Well, that is until the series' stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul took the stage to introduce the episode, sending a collective a hush over the crowd.
"There's something very special, beautiful and romantic about the space," Paul, who plays meth-cooking whiz Jesse Pinkman, noted with the party in full swing around him. Then, as if suddenly realizing just how odd a location it was given his show's subject matter, shouted, "I can't believe we just premiered in a church!"
Paul was undoubtedly the most popular party fixture Friday night, with rabid fans surrounding the 30-year old actor seeking photos and autographs or just strutting up to say, 'hi' (proving that hipsters are totally cool with being earnest, providing of course drugs are loosely involved).
"It's great to meet and mingle and drink a bunch of booze with the fans," a good-natured Paul laughed between shaking hands and smiling for clicking cameras. Since touching down in the city, the L.A.-based actor has been having a hell of a time, sitting right behind the glass at a Rangers game and watching Christopher Walken wow audiences at a Broadway play "A Behanding in Spokane."
He's also been discovering many a new Manhattan drinking establishment. "There's a great bar in the Crosby Street Hotel where we're staying called the honesty room -- you just pour drinks yourself and you tell them how much you've had," he said with a grin that suggested he just might have taken a few liberties with the liquor.