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What It Takes to Transform Into the Badass Cousins

Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad fans alike know that when you see the Cousins coming, it’s bad news. But what is it exactly that makes them so intimidating?

Sure, their hulking demeanor and demonstrated facility with guns is a good start, but perhaps it’s their stoic silence that is truly the most terrifying. So, how do the actors get themselves psyched up to play their mostly dialogue-free roles? On the latest episode of the Better Call Saul Insider Podcast, actors Daniel and Luis Moncada shared a story from their early days on Breaking Bad that should give some insight.

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While preparing to shoot the scene where the Cousins explode a truck that has just brought them across the border Luis Moncada recalls dropping a lot of F-bombs to get his brother Daniel ready to shoot the big scene without flinching. “If you catch on fire… keep walking,” he said. “If something hits you and it doesn’t knock you out, keep walking.”

Hear what else the Moncadas had to say about transforming into their badass characters on the podcast. Plus, writer Heather Marion discusses Nacho’s crisis during the motel shootout and supervising sound editor Nick Forshager discusses all the behind-the-scenes work that went into making that intense sequence sound as awesome as it looked.

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