Matt Jones

November 15, 2011

I Am Matt Jones. I play Badger on AMC's Breaking Bad. AMA!

Hey guys, ask me whatever you want. I posted a pic to my twitter account saying "Hi Reddit!" and if you still don't believe it's me, then I don't give a shit. twitter@mattjonesisdead

I had a great time! I'm exhausted and I'm out. I'll check back in and try to finish some off tomorrow. If you're into it, watch my one man show "Matt Jonestown Massacre" for free on Vimeo.

What was your favorite episode to film?

By far, Better Call Saul. Bob Odenkirk is one of my idols (from Mr. Show days) and I got to be in his first episode and do a nine page opening. Fucking awesome.

No way that dude would ever be a cop haha

I starred in a pilot where I played a cop. They said that I wasn't "believable"

Is that the way you talk in real life? I mean your inflections and stuff. Because if so, i want to hang out with you

Yes, thats my raspy voice, but no, I don't say "yo" and "bitch" that much. I'm actually pretty intelligent which surprises people. Can we still hang out?

Are you saying smart people don't drop yo's and bitches? Fuck, yo.

Fo sho kid.

Wow. Ok.

I've sold two scripts in the past year to different networks so I've worked primarily as a writer lately. But I also do a lead voice on Disney XDs cartoon Kick Buttowski and was in Kevin Smiths Red State and some upcoming episodes on NCIS as new agent.

I like Aaron Paul the most because we're friends.

I got into acting cause I like girls and wanted more sex.

Nothing like my character at all. Except I do smoke weed and play video games from time to time.

My favorite TV besides BB is Louie on FX.

Favorite food is anything spicy.

Ok Matt Jones, if you're unfamiliar with Reddit, you are are pretty much contractually obligated to smoke with xJaneenx now... it's just the Reddit way.


Can you elaborate on what you've been writing? You've intrigued me.

And well done for being in one of the best TV shows ever made.

I wrote a one hour show about camp counselors at a kids camp called "Lost in the Woods" and I also wrote an hour show about a guy that works at a record store and gets a second job as a hitman called "Greatest Hits". I sold one to MTV and one to TBS. PS. Both networks suck.

some upcoming episodes on NCIS as new agent.

Oh god please let it be the original, and not LA, please.

THE OG! Mark Harmons the man.

I got into acting cause I like girls and wanted more sex.

Did it work?

this is my fiance.!/mattjonesisdead/status/136618286765965312/photo/1

Some of your favorite video games? What are you playing now?

Assassin's Creed series. Call of Duty series. Batman Arkham series. Red Dead Redemption. Mass Effect series.

Do you pound 40s like Badger does?

no. because it puts on the pounds.


Probably not. Oops.

Spicy food? Did you try any New Mexican food while filming BB (specifically green chile)?

I love me some green chilles. Especially on burgers.

i think I saw him last week in an episode of Man Up

That was me.

Man, I know I'm high as fuck right now, but you just seem like the chillest, nicest person/actor that's done an AMA in a while. Btw, Louie's awesome. You a fan of Sriracha chili sauce?

Fuck yes, I'll put Sriracha on toast.

You mentioned you might be able to get Charles Baker to do an AMA. Could you also please try to get Aaron Paul to do one? And Bryan Cranston for that matter? Shit, get the whole cast of BB and I'd be able to die a happy man.

(seriously though Aaron Paul would be amazing)

I'll try.

i also remember some brake commercial you were in that is hilarious as well. i am guessing that was probably pre-breaking bad?

yes. Pre-Breaking Bad.

damn....i forgot mike. badass. i guess him not being in the last episode kind of made him slip my mind. i also hope he will be back and featured alot more.

I love all the characters but I think MIKE is the most interesting. I'm hoping that we get to find out more about him soon....

What's your favourite quote from the show? (Be it one of your own or from another character) I've always been a fan of "Helicopter, bitch!" myself

I love the story that Jesse tells in rehab about making the box.

What is the blue meth prop? Rock candy?

Blue Rock candy that we sometimes actually sniff up our nose for affect.

You know you've finally made it in life when Redditors don't call you out for mis-using the word 'affect'. P.S. Breaking Bad is one of the best shows ever 60% of the time, every time.

I'm typing so fast! Cant help the typos. Sorry teach!

have you ever tried meth in real life?

how'd you get the gig on breaking bad?

what do they use as an analog for the meth on the show?

is bryan cranston cool in real life or is he kinda full of himself?

No I havent done Meth. It's super fucked up.

I auditioned for BB back in 2007 when no one knew what the fuck the show was. I got really lucky.

have you ever tried meth in real life?

how'd you get the gig on breaking bad?

what do they use as an analog for the meth on the show?

is bryan cranston cool in real life or is he kinda full of himself?

and Bryan Cranston is one of the coolest guys I've ever met. A LOT of people in the business are terrible but he is genuine.

Do you follow the show regularly/are you a fan? How is the chemistry on the set? Any major off-screen drama?

People always ask if it's an intense set. But it's not at all. Everyone is super funny and loose for the most part.

I don't watch any scenes or read scripts that I'm not in BECAUSE i love the show so much. I like to be surprised and watch it with everyone. YES, I realize I'm on one of the best shows ever.



you also made a few appearances in Community. care to shed any light on that experience?

I'm friends with the creators and they asked me to come on and do cameos in my spare time a couple times. Another really great set with funny people.

Are you anything like badger? Does anyone actually smoke weed in real life? By the way, I think you're way hot :D

Thank you. Nice. I smoke weed from time to time but I'm nothing like Badger. I's smart.

Wow your in for about 500 questions, good luck sir.


Have you ever smoked meth for "research?"

No. That's dumb.

Aaron Paul as awesome/dreamy in real life? Is Hank really funny?

Also do actors google themselves and read what people say about them?

Seriously, Aaron's a great guy and we hang out, so dreamy. Charles (skinny) lives in Texas so I don't get to see him as much.

YES, I google the shit out of myself. TERRIBLE idea.

How do you feel about the Bengals guy kicking your ass in the Google rankings?

He's on his way down. Can't get caught with coke THAT many times, dumb motherfucker.

I just wanted to say that the whole "pass the savings on to you" bit was probably my favorite moment with your character. You were on fire that episode. Looking forward to seeing you in Season 5!

I improvised all the stuff I was saying while I was twirling the sign. So much fun.

Do you have any hopes for your character in Season 5? (big fan - love your work)

Too be honest... Not really. Jesse has gone down a path that I don't think they want me to follow.

Favorite bar in Albuquerque?

Two Fools in Nob Hill.

I always see the worst looking girls there. Two fools is legit, regardless.

I agree! Where is ABQ hiding them? Why does everyone look like a Fallout 3 character?

When the last season wraps is there anything from the set you really want to take home as a keepsake?

And why would a party pizza be uncut?

I've already stolen tons of things from set.

Pizza was uncut as an inside joke of the dumb promotion that Peter Gould had heard about in real life.

I honestly thought it was a response from an earlier season where Walt throws it on the roof

and people noticed it was not cut so they wrote it as a joke in season 4

thats all the same joke.

When will season four be available on Netflix?

No clue.

How many takes did it take to do the "helicopter bitch!" scene?

and here's to hoping you get more appearances in Season 5.

Like 5 takes. I had to keep throwing Aaron against the wall over and over again. But I had been chugging fake malt liquor and cheetos in the previous scene, so I went in the bathroom and puked.

What is fake malt liquor? You'd think they would just use something like Apple Juice or something.

They needed it to be foamy.

I love the show, and this scene made laugh so hard I almost puked as well....though my malt liquor is usually real. What does the fake stuff taste like???

Real malt liquor, just no alcohol. Booo.

Sorry, not very familiar with Breaking Bad (but it's on my list of show's to watch!), so:

Your wiki says you were on Community. What part did you play on that?

And +1 for being the pizza delivery guy on HIMYM.

I did three walk ons on Community as weirdos.

HIMYM are super nice people.

Fucking watch Breaking Bad. It's on Netflix. Get the fuck on it!

Motherfucker, it is now on your "list of shows I will start watching tomorrow morning, or I will have to drink my piss and post it in r/BreakingBad". Bitch.


Really dig your role in the show. I just saw you in Red State too. My question to you is what was it like to work with Kevin Smith on a film that's such a far step from what his usual work is like.

He has always come off as a light hearted, always fooling around type guy on the set, but with the subject matter and the direction of the film I could see how the on set mood would be way different. Your thoughts?

Kevin is a great guy. I recently did his podcast. Listen

He's a great director and trusts his actors a lot. Which I love.

I heard you singing! You were awesome! Would you ever record your songs and put them on iTunes?

We're going to play, my full band, on Plus One Per Diem, next week.

I love you.

I love you too.

Which foot do you start with when putting on your socks?



not as fascinating as cumming on kittens. Stop doing that.

Sweet! Hey, I'm a huge fan of the show! Have you shot any for next season yet? Have you become close friends with any body in the cast? And, lastly, the finale of the last season. Best ending to a season finale ever or BEST ENDING TO A SEASON FINALE EVER?

Next season doesn't start filming until Jan. I think...

I'd say best ending to season finale ever, best ending to a series finale ever? Six Feet Under.

I remember hearing Bryan Cranston with Adam Carolla doing some very good improve on stage for his podcast, how much of the show is improve versus great writing?

99% great writing. 1% improv. They actually write out all those "Yo's"

Is team pregnancy ever gonna do a show again?

HAHAHAHA! Make it fucking happen and I'm there! P.S. My band has a show at Hotel Cafe Nov 23rd and you just help me promote it.

You have a band too! What is it? Also, I apologize if I'm way behind on this information, but I'd definitely be down to check it out.

favorite sub reddit?

todays my first day.

Remember when a kid ran up to you in your car last month while you were driving in Pasadena and said you were awesome? That was me. Also I told the lady you were with she's awesome too...

Thanks. That girl that was with you was hot. Nice... My fiance agreed.

I truly hope your fiancée gives the green light for that foursome to happen, for maxxl

I'll try!

What's your favourite subject in school?

history. I should go back. THANKS MOM

Any cool acting stories or being in LA? Was your voice ever not like that? Do you think having such a unique voice gets you more work?

Heres an acting story. I sat in between three cast members from "The Sandlot" at a commercial audition once as they bitched about DVD residuals. Ech.

My voice used to be like a young lady, then I got a job touring in Europe for three years with a theatre and I lost it over and over again until it stuck like this. WHICH, gets me WAY more work than before.

Boom Chicago I would assume.

You are correct! 3 years.


I already answered the first two but here's the rest.

I actually live on the border of Echo Park and Silverlake in Los Angeles. Down the street from Dodgers stadium and a million taco trucks (best part of LA).

How much money did I make off the show? HAHAHAHA! OK AMA! Not enough. People think that ANYTHING on TV makes tons of money. If you are on cable you don't make much. If you're just a GUEST STAR like me, you make less than that. Let's just say this.... I shot a commercial for MIDAS once and made more on that than I've made total on every episode of Breaking Bad I've ever done (including residuals). But's cable and the best show ever, so I'd do it for free.

Not surprised at all.

I shot a commercial for MIDAS once and made more on that than I've made total on every episode of Breaking Bad I've ever done (including residuals).

That's a harsh reality. I'm considering going to film school for writing, but I've pledged not to go unless I get a scholarship. Writing is fun; being a writer is not fun when you have loans.

Since you said you've been selling scripts, can I ask what that process is like? Does your stuff sell and then just disappear, never to be heard from again?

Thanks for doing this!

Basically, you sell it. They force you to rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite. Then they want you to change it back to how it originally was. Then it just goes away. Very stressful.

Wow! His car certainly was braking bad in that commercial.

I enjoyed that too much.

Ugh. Film school student here, for writing. I'll be straight up, a film school isn't going to teach you what you need to know. A good English/creative writing program will teach you the basics of story structure and character creation, which honestly is all you really need. The rest is formatting (and there's programs like Celtx which do the formatting for you [although I wouldn't recommend celtx]) and networking. It's up to you if the chance at meeting industry professionals is worth the price.

tl;dr: if you want to specialize in scriptwriting, film school won't be much help.

I know this isn't rote (or Badger), but at least it's some input.

to be honest, you can write the greatest script ever, but if you don't have someone to read it, then attach to it so they can produce or star. Then it never happens.

Silverlake?? That's awesome, I'm currently trying to move over there, I live over in Glendale. Ever eat at Rick's burgers? Everytime I think Silverlake area, I think of that place haha.

I used to eat there a lot, but then I ate the Padras revolution burger and I go there now.

Hope you made some good money from the Honda radio spots I used to hear all the time a few months back.

500 bucks total. Period. Crap.

My roommate and I were trying to figure out ever since the first episode we saw you in where else we had seen you before the show but came to the conclusion that your character just reminded us of this guy I used to go to high school with. Now I know it was from somewhere else on TV.

Also, since this is an AMA, do you have any spots on the next season of BB?

And if you have had access to any scripts or talked to anyone else on the show who has (if they are even written yet), what is your opinion on the direction the show is going in for this last season? How is it going to be compared to previous seasons?

I know NOTHING about the upcoming season. I never do. Its frustrating.

No questions from me, I just want to say you really do a great job side by side with some heavyweight actors on BB. You have had some very funny moments that you executed nicely.

I salute you.

I salute back.

Now that you have more exposure, is there any type of role or genre you would like to do in the future outside of BB?

I want to be a dirty villain in a western or something like that.

How was working on Red State? Was it more serious working with Kevin Smith on a film like that or did he maintain a fun environment despite the films theme? Just polished off season 3 of Breaking Bad last night so this is a fitting AMA!

Favorite film and show of 2011, keep up the awesome work, you'll go far.

Kevin is a great guy. I recently did his podcast. Listen He's a great director and trusts his actors a lot. Which I love.

You are the best crying mountain I've ever seen. Also, you keep popping up in the things I'm seeing/playing: Red State, Adventure Time, Rage.

Any other notable roles we should watch out for?

I'm going to play a new agent on NCIS starting soonish. CBS money!


The Boo Hoo Mountain


I've never been on the UNM campus because I'm not in NM much. I'm in LA all the time. With my dog and my fiance.

People stop me everywhere but its never pretty girls. Always weird dorky guys (like me).


pics of your dog?!/mattjonesisdead/status/133438312835846144/photo/1

I just realized that you look a little bit like Cutler

I hate that. He's such a bitch.

Since you say you occasionally smoke herb and play video games, I'm curious, did you have anything to do with writing the scene where you and pete are methed out arguing about Left 4 Dead and Call of Duty?

Nothing to do with that. But I do stand by what I said. I'm more of an Assassin's Creed guy anyway. (which I'm not playing because I'm on here)

is all the filming done in new mexico?


Fill in the blank. If Aaron Paul doesn't win an emmy for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman in season 4, then ________________________.

I'll blow you

don't make promises you don't intend to keep....

fine. I'll blow myself. Seriously, I'm taking yoga.


Do people confuse you with your character and offer you meth all the time?

and two-

Are you a regular redditor?

one - People who confuse me with my character are frightening because they're so fucking dumb and I then assume are crazy (IE may kill me)


First time

Who gave you the idea to do an AMA?

I'm just curious because we've been getting a lot of good ones recently.

I got the idea from my friend. Brendan McGovern. I don't know his handle but he's on here a lot. GIANT WEIRDO.

Check out /r/breakingbad

on my favorites.

Not sure if I should out myself; my comment history shows how much of a dick I am.

chu r too mean, senor.

I haven't seen the new season yet, but absolutely love the show.
I kinda figured you'd be dead by now. Congrats on staying alive!

Me too! Thanks!

I really like you on Breaking Bad and on Community.

Will you post on r/gonewild?

whats that?

Oh, come on, people, let's let a semi-famous guy be on Reddit for a few hours before we show him our dicks, alright?

Not too famous for penises.

What was the hardest scene to film?

Any good stories from the set?

Whenever I'm in ABQ and I go out with Aaron, we get into some pretty stupid shit.

What's your favorite Matlock episode?

The one where he's old and then figures everything out.

What happened to Combo was messed up yo

fo real kid

Apparently, that actor has had a hell of a life.

Yeah. I'll get him to do an AMA as well.


You're right. I should get a real gig like you... HammerThymeGun. Thanks for the advice. You've changed my life. I love you.

I saw on your twitter that you're a Bears fan. Who would win in a race: Ditka, or Devin Hester?

ditkas stache

You know, I'm actually more concerned about you being a Bears fan than about you being Badger.

Were you raised into being a fan?

I'm from LA and we never really had teams so I chose the BEARS based on the original TECMO bowl.

Aww man! I liked you until I found this out. GO LIONS!!!! But really, awesome job on the show. Keep it up man!

I really sorry... that we KICKED YOUR ASS! I was there, goal line as Hester scored on his record breaking punt return.

Dammit. I'm a Packer fan. What is Badger's favorite team?


What about Coach Ditka versus a hurricane? Hold on, hold on. The name of the hurricane is hurricane Ditka.

Can you let us know anything about next season???
Is it really the final season being broken up into two parts?

I know nothing! Please tell me if you find out!

i just finished watching an episode of Breaking Bad before opening this. This was meant to be. Also, Matt Jones, how many times do you find yourself speaking like a druggie (Dat sheet ain't right, yo!) after acting?

Never. I over compensate and try to sound smarter than I am. Like reading Chandler on set and dumb shit like that.

Did you draw any of your inspiration for your character from this video?

That didnt surface until after season 4 wrapped.

What other shows do you find yourself watching?

I love, Louie, Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Community, Parks and Rec, Freaks and Geeks, Six Feet Under, theres more I'm forgetting....

freaks and geeks was waaaay underrated.

curious if you have ever watched bob's burgers?

Yep. I've got lots of friends on it.


Was amazing, but got repetitive.

Boardwalk empire but not the Sopranos? For shame! You are awesome btw... Broner for all the guys on the show.


What is the "meth" on the show made out of?


I have not seen the show yet. I have about 5 close friends telling me to watch it all the time. What is your favorite thing about working on this show? Any perks?

I love that people get SO MAD at their friends for not watching. Thats my favorite part.

What part did you originally audition for in Breaking Bad? I think you'd have made a pretty good Jesse.

I got the part I auditioned for. But originally I was supposed to do a TWO EP part and then die. The writers strike happened, season got cut short, and Vince didn't want me to die. Nice

How were they going to kill you off?

Blown up in Tucos office.

What are the top 3 most played songs in your Itunes library, if you dont own Itunes what are the top 3 songs you listen to most at this current moment in your life.

How has working on Breaking Bad been for your career and has it pigeonholed you into acting a certain type of character or getting offers to play certain types of characters?

Favorite film of 2011?



According to my itunes, my three most listened to bands are Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, and Frightened Rabbit.

I get pigeon holed nonstop. I'm considered "weird looking" so I can't be a lead or anything like that. I have to play the weird best friends for years until Jonah Hill drops dead.

I loved Martha Marcy Mare Marlene.


Matha Marcy May Marlene was great, but you gotta check out The Artist.

on my list

If you like Neutral Milk Hotel, we can be best friends.

I do. BFF.

Saw Martha Marcy May Marlene at Austin Film Festival! Great movie. Have you ever been to Austin? Also, what is your dog's name?

Hank Williams.!/mattjonesisdead/status/133438312835846144/photo/1

Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, and Frightened Rabbit.

Indiehipster faggots.

I'd say, hindi dipster maggots. Thank you?

Let's have sex.

We already did. You don't remember?

Craziest run in with a fan?

Giant scary man in a dark alley while I was drunk. Thought I was going to die, ended up getting a hug.



like Scarlett Johansson?


youve been in my two favourite shows (breaking bad and community [even though it was only a cameo]) are the cast in both those shows are cool and fun as i imagine?

also, brian cranston seems like he would be a really cool, friendly guy when he is off camera, is he?

Thanks for doing an AMA :D

Bryan is so laid back and cool because he's been doing it for forever. I mean, he met his wife on the set of AIRWOLF. Jesus...

  1. How did you get the opportunity to get on the show?
  2. Did you think it would get as big as it did?
  3. Do you have any input on episodes or the script?

auditioned. yes. never. BOOM!

I used to hate you because of that commercial where you drove a car through a wall. You would come on every commercial break that football season and I developed a seething hatred of your distinct voice that I heard a thousand times.

Other than that you are pretty awesome.

HAHAHA! I hated me too. You're not alone. But that one commerical paid me more than every BB episode I've ever done combined.

So you can suck it.

Riverdance! Completely improvised? How do you feel watching your own work?

Riverdance was scripted.

I hate watching myself. difficult.

I just watched this episode tonight. Cool story right?

the best

[No question]

If you want to watch my one man show.

I find you unbearably attractive.


What is the name of the song at the beginning of that video?

Wait a Minute - Estelle

I find you very unbearably attractive.


Someone has to say it... that was the least funny thing I've ever seen :(

Actually, no one has to say it. But stay cyberSLICK!

computers yo

HAHA! bingo

Do you really have your own band? Because I would totally buy your album(s).

thanks! my band is here...

no music recorded yet, but we're playing out shows around LA.

We are playing live on Kevin SMiths podcast sometime next week. I'll have to look it up.

Did you do any voices for the game Rage? I swear there's a dude outside the mayor's office in Subway Town that sounds exactly like you.

I did 4 voices. Good ear.

Probably just shameless product placement.

Nothings shameless when you're just trying to pay for the production of a show and the future to help it keep going. Since everyone watches online and Netflix and not live, the ratings are shit and the show makes NO money.

Wasn't Jesse playing Rage in his house on the TV show? Coincidence or did you make this happen?


What's your favorite fast food place?

Fat Burger. Ridiculous.

Who do you think would win in a fight, Badger from Breaking Bad or Badger from Firefly?

Me motherfucker. I'm 6'4".

What about you versus an actual badger?

I'd lose. They scare the shit out of me.

Hell yeah, 6'4" motherfuckers who say motherfuck represent, motherfucker!

motha......... fucka.

What moves would you use?

I fight VERY dirty. Anything I can find I hit the person with, chairs, bottles, keys, etc....

Are you the one who knocks?


Was that jig that you did at jesse's after you hit the blue written in or was that all you? Either way you made it your own.

Written in. It said something like. "Badger does a stupid dance" and then I made something up.

Favorite place to eat food, and favorite food?

I love spicy stuff. Meat too. Steaks, sausages, bone marrow.

What kind of research did you do to better portray a meth addict?

lots of really depressing you tube videos.

How's the weather there?

nice thank you

Did read the full script of red state before signing on? I don't mean to offend, I loved the directing, and the cast was awesome (you included.) But the plot was so off center, bouncy, and the ending wasn't fulfilling. Did most people just get signed on the script before reading it because Kevin Smith was directing?

I read it. It stood out and was really strange. Many protagonists and kind of crazy. Right up my alley.

Whats a little behind the scenes info you could give us?

be more specific.

ZOOMG I just recently got into BB and it's seriously the best show on TV.

Anyways, do you find yourself talking/acting like Badger when you're done filming?

and how has your life changed since you got the role of Badger?

Thanks for doing this AMA btw!

I started doing the show when I was 25. Now I'm 30. It's changed so much I don't know where to begin.

Is it true next season is the last season of BB? Or is it just a rumor.


Were you happy when DJ Qualls got the shit kicked out of him for no reason? Dude acted like he was your friend.

whata bitch

did you ever get your brakes fixed after that one commercial?

I actually did go to midas for years after that.

Which set is funnier? Breaking Bad or How i met your Mother?

breaking bad. Cranston is a genius.


Hail Mary full of grace, slap the bitch in the face, grab her gucci bag, and her north face.


i love you! one of my favourite characters that we don't see enough of.. did you have to practice your riverdance or was it improvised?


Who's your favorite comedian? How did you propose to your fiance?


I proposed to my fiance in the spot where she and I had talked about where I should have kissed her for the first time on our first date. Chicago river in Chicago on the waterfront near du sable bridge.

Favorite comedian is a very difficult question, but I'd say Louie CK right now.

Did you do anything to help you get into the role of Badger?

I always drink a lot when I'm on location, so I looked washed out and a little sick.

Just got in to BB a few weeks ago...stepped away for a sec and heard was you. Now I can't watch Kick with my kid and not think of Gunther as badger or BB and see badger as Gunther.

nice. GUNTHER!!!

Oh Sweet Jesus, I just have to say that the cold opening when you get busted for selling to a cop is comedy gold. I want to know how many times you had to film that and rehearse to get it just right.

We rehearsed it the day before in a hotel. Then the day of we only ran it on camera twice. And what they used was the first take.

would you sell drugs for a living?

I had a roommate that used to sell weed. But no, not me. I was the manager of a childrens bookstore.

Do you know any of Badger's backstory that hasn't been revealed yet that you can tell us? Like, did Gilligan or anyone else give you a little hint of Badger's motivations?

I actually know nothing. I just wait for that day.

What was the funniest on set moment you've witnessed so far? saddest?

Funniest was me throwing up after chugging forties.

Saddest, when the ABQ casting director Shari Rhodes died of breast cancer.

I always watch Breaking Bad high. What about you?

No. Too stressful.

Who is your daddy, and what does he do? (read in Arnold Schwarzenegger voice)

My dad is an asshole and I don't speak to him. OOPS, I just got real!

I don't know who you are but can you give me some professional advice on growing my beard?

Don't touch it. IT grows best when you don't fuck with it too much.

If I keep brushing my dogs ass when I walk by the kitchen, do you think she'll come on to me eventually?

I hope not.

I made this account yesterday and haven't posted from it yet. I feel like this is a sign. I have no idea what to ask. Breaking Bad is my favorite show. What are your thoughts on Community being pulled from NBC's mid season schedule?

I'm not surprised. Network TV is so fucking stupid and boring. LONG LIVE CABLE TV!

Please convince my girlfriend that she should like your character. Because she doesn't and she's wrong.

Tell her that she's a bad person and that you don't love her anymore because she's stupid. Maybe that will work.


Thanks. I think I'll DO her tonight.

Skyler. Hot or not?


You're a great foil for Jesse, I always get a laugh out of your character. Will you be back next season?

Yes! Don't know when or how much though.

What is your plan in the long run? Like, do you hope to continue acting, or doing voice over work, or writing, or all three?

Anything that keeps me from going crazy and pays the bills. All three plus music.


He takes time to talk to and know about EVERY crew member on the set. He's like the father of the set.

Why is your voice so awesome?

Cause I used to scream/drink/smoke/sing onstage for too many years.

Besides Assassin's Creed, which you mentioned was a favorite - what do you think are some other video games that succeed at telling a compelling story as well as/better than television?

I know its nerdy, but I loved Alan Wake. I hope they do another so they can improve on what I thought was a really good idea.

If you were to stop acting right now, what would you do? I don't mean if you had never had been on BB and such - like, your resume is exactly as it stands now, but no more acting. Or seeing as you're writing a lot now, what about if you had to get out of 'show business'?

I was a carpenter for awhile. I love to build things with wood. I'd go back to that.

My brother says that you yelled yourself hoarse and your voice never got better, should i believe him? You probably said this in an interview but i havnt seen everything.

Whats your favorite video game?

You're stranded on a desert island and can wish for only two things. What do you wish for?

I saw Red State and my brother watches Kick Buttowski. I dont have a question about this yet, i just felt like sharing.

Stranded on a desert island? Two things?

A boat and a gun.

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

Thank you for your cooperation.

Damn, Matt, you really deliver unlike some other AMAs

Favorite Genre of Music? Best inside joke on the set?

I really like all music but I've been listening to a lot of Pitchfork esque shit but sometimes even they get way up their own asses.

Inside joke? That the strip club TD's has the best steak in ABQ.

commmee onnn

Why would we ever make fun of him for making MILLIONS of dollars. More like envy.

How tall is Aaron Paul? My guess is around 5'8.

I'd say about that. I'm 6'4".

Are you cooler in person than you are on the show? Sorry bro but I fucking hate Badger XD

EDIT: BUT you are a great actor because I hate him. There's no reason I would hate someone fictional unless they were an actor doing a great job of convincing me.

watch this... this is who I am.


when he let jane die.


Bone in extra spicy. I'm not a bitch.

How would the geographical features of the Rocky and Appalachian mountain ranges provide clues to their relative age?

Their sheer size should be enough. The Rockies are tall but not as wide as the Appalachians, leading me to believe that the Appalachians are younger but given time the will grow to be larger.

Is this show meant to be a continuation of Malcolm in the Middle after Hal left Lois because Malcolm never became President of the USA like expected? (That question is from my boyfriend, lol.)

Yes. Nail on the head.

Do you like Funyuns?

No. Gross. I do like flaming hot cheetos though.

Got any real life weird/scary drug-related stories?

I lived in Amsterdam for 3 years. The end.

Team Slater.

Team Zach. Slater looks like a rapist.

Can you respond to this with one letter? I got an upvote from Mick Foley once, I think, and I'd like to add you to my portfolio of celebrities on reddit that I've interacted with. Would you please do this for me?


Did you do some voice work in the game Rage? There were a couple of guys I thought sounded exactly like you.

4 characters. Good game. Got shitty towards the end though.

Why do I hate everything about your character? Not to sound like an ass or anything, but every time I saw your character, I wished he died. I think its the voice. Sorry...

Hey buddy, it's okay.... just go fuck yourself, thats all.

Is your voice really that sexy on BB or is it fake?

All real. All sexy. All the time. PS I've been AMAing for three hours and I'm getting loopy.

Just wanted to say your character is underrated in the BB series. Also if I may ask, how intense does the show get at its darkest moments? My favorite show of all time. Be easy Badge.

It gotten a lot more intense lately. The party scene in season four was tough. Jesse has really gone off the deep end and we have to play that.

YOU. ARE. JESUS. And do you really think Nazi Zombies is the best?

No. I like Left for Dead the most. I'm a huge George A. Romero fan.

Who's cooler, Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston? And who's better equipped to kick your ass if you dont choose him

Bryan could kick my ass. He's scrappy. Aaron is far too nice.

Haha you're my favorite character this is awesome if you reply to this with anything at all i'll be super pumped

Then be super pumped. Pump that shit out!

Yo! Have you ever tried meth? If not, what is the most hardcore shit you've ever done? And don't give me a generic answer, I want the real shit yo! Now bring it!

No. I've never tried meth. I have done mushrooms though. And mdma and ecstasy.

dude ur in everything i see on tv ......... how do u do it ?

sold my soul to satan. Not such a bad guy really.

Two questions: 1.When's the Krauthammer album come out? 2.Do you still have that bitchin crossbow?

Twathammer. And no.


Hell yes and I also believe that Patrick Swayze is going through some really fucked up deja vu.

Team Britta or Team Slater?

Team Annie.

my roommate thinks the show is disgusting and always bitches at me when i watch it. can you tell her she is stupid?


You were really great in this deleted scene. Why did it get cut?

That was a webisode. It was never intended to be on the show.

Wow, still going strong, good to see.

What are you're feelings on how this AMA is going so far?

Think you'll stick around Reddit?

I'm exhausted and feeling loopy, but I'm getting VERY HONEST and having fun. My fiance is on reddit right now and fascinated. The interface is a bit weird but I'm getting used to it.

So, Funyuns - love them - or really really love them?

No. Gross. I love white cheddar popcorn.

So I noticed that Charles Baker and Aaron Paul are only an inch taller than me, also I notice that a lot of other celebrities are too, but my real question/s is... Are they really 5'8"(because they don't look that short/tall)?/Is a majority of the male cast that tall, and are most men you find in acting that tall?/Am I just fucking tall for a 16 year old girl?/Or is Australia filled with giants?

Anyway, I love your character, everything he says is so wrong at some times, makes me cringe like crazy.

Another question actually... What does blue rock candy taste like?

Honestly, I'm 6'4" so everyone looks short to me. So I don't notice. Except. On NCIS:the original (which I just did) everyone is around 6 feet tall. That's a very tall cast for H'wood.


Dude you rule. When are Badger T-Shirts comin out? :)

When the fucking honey badger drops dead.

It's pathetic how people leap for an opportunity to talk to a celebrity. 2073 comments? really?

Funny story. My name is Matt Jones. Your name is R Jones. My fathers name is Rodney Jones and he's a total fucking asshole too.

I'm not a celebrity and people just like the show and are bored at home. Chill the fuck out and take a nap.

Have you done any psychedelics?

Yes sir. Only mushrooms.

[No question]

I had a great time! I'm exhausted and I'm out. I'll check back in and try to finish some off tomorrow. If you're into it, watch my one man show "Matt Jonestown Massacre" for free on Vimeo.

Once, I went up to you at a friend's house party and asked "Did anyone ever tell you you look like Badger from Breaking Bad?" and you said "Well... I am him."

Just wanted you to know I felt like an idiot for the rest of the night.

EDIT: I feel like I should add that this was not meant to call out Matt. He laughed it off and was cool about it. I just felt the need to recount my own thick-headedness.

You're not an idiot. I am. Seriously.

oh man, badger!!! the best.

matt, wanna give a shout out to #occupyberkeley?

Absolutely! I'm 100% behind the 99%. ROB FROM THE RICH!


Woah, your twitter wallpaper is an Yves Klein piece. Great taste, my friend.

good eye!

So you're not really making anything off of Breaking Bad? How does that erh.. Work? You said earlier it doesnt have good ratings, but I was bored and on Wikipedia the other month when I really got into the show and it said the ratings were phenomenal!

Also, with the rise of Netflix and such, I think it's kind of obvious BB has gotten VERY popular recently. Do you think next season you'll finally get the riches you deserve or something? I have such a hard time registering that the actors on this show don't get paid well.


In the ratings world a show like Two and a Half men can get a 5 where breaking bad in the "Cable realm" gets a 1 or a .5 at best. That translates to, if I am the guest star on a network show I get 8 grand for an episode. Cable show? 1800, minus taxes and agent and manager fees around a thousand bucks an episode. After residuals I make probably 2500 an episode take home. I did one episode last year.

Get it now?

And if something is on Netflix, actors get NOTHING. Thanks unions!

My wife wants to know. Burger King or McDonalds?

Burger King.

I think you said you were 6'4" in a reply to someones comment earlier. I was wondering if that is actually a disadvantage when trying to get roles? P.s - After watching BB I was re-watching How I Met Your Mother and saw you and thought you were really funny! You rock, don't ever change.

I walked in to audition for a guest spot on entourage and they said I was too tall to ever be on the show ever. Because everyone on that show is an elf.

What does it feel like to have your own Wikipedia page?

What was working on Adventure time like? Small recording by yourself or were you with the crew? Did you get to work with John DiMaggio? He seems like a rad guy. Is he a rad guy? Did you get adventure time memorabilia?

Huge BB fan since I watched the premiere episode on my shitty TV in My shitty dorm way back when, badger is an awesome character

Weird = wiki.

John DiMaggio is super fucking rad.

You fuckin did it! This is fucking awesome.

Hint: its brendan.

Who is Brendan? OH! You mean BRANDON? That gay kid who used to hook up with Doug Marquis. Nice jacket bro. Michael Jacket bro.

You were also apart of the most effed up movie I've ever seen: Red State. Can you talk about that?

Kevin is a great guy. I recently did his podcast. Listen He's a great director and trusts his actors a lot. Which I love.

How did you like being in "Red State?" What was that like?

Kevin is a great guy. I recently did his podcast. Listen He's a great director and trusts his actors a lot. Which I love.

Did you get to smoke with kev smith after doing Red State?

I smoked weed with him while doing his podcast. Proof here

Where do you get your inspiration for your accent? Unless it's your actual accent, of course. My boyfriend and I think you have the best Southern accent out of all of the other actors and we were wondering if it's natural or just from awesome talent. :-)

Just a talent I picked up from making fun of my redneck relatives.

Matt. Not a question. Just wanted to say that I feel bad for never friending you on facebook, even though it keeps prompting me to. We'll see what the future holds for that situation.

Real question: in 1998 when Ms Allen tried to ban water bottles because she thought they all had alcohol in them, how bullshit was that? You can't ban water when summer's coming, you bitch!

Who is this? Also, why was Ms. Allen so obsessed with the fact that she new Urkel? Crazy blue ribbon-loving bitch.

What music you listen to ? :)

I listen to a lot but lately I've been listening to SiriusXMU type stuff.

Any thoughts about the Breaking Bad webisode you made with Bryan Cranston, where you break into an old woman's garage? Was it scripted, improv, or a combination of both. I love how you say "Lockpick."

Bryan and I came up with that idea during lunch, improvised some of it and then Jenny Hutchenson wrote it down.

What was it like to work with Kevin Smith in Red State?

Kevin is a great guy. I recently did his podcast. Listen He's a great director and trusts his actors a lot. Which I love.

Why did you steal my boys girlfriend at that karaoke bar a year and a half ago? On his birthday too.... Shit wasn't cool.

Still love breaking bad and your character... But you douched that one.

HAHA! Nice! Because he didn't like her that much anyway, treated her like shit in front of me and my friends, and weirdly encouraged it. Also, we lived together for awhile but now she married to someone else and it all worked out fine.

was a weird night... first time I met her, she wrote a song for his bday so i figured it was going well. He didn't much talk about it after the night so I never brought it up. Always better to get broken earlier rather than later, so I'm sure you saved him some pain later down the road. <3 for that

Though I felt bad since I knew who you were and talked you up as a pretty cool cat to her =/ so I'm both the worst and best wingman ever.

If I show up to Hotel Cafe, we drink?

She was pretty crazy anyway, moves pretty fast. Wanted babies. Yeah, we drink.

I just watched a new Kevin Smith movie, Red State, in which you were a sheriff. How was working with Kevin Smith in a movie that is unlike any of his others?

Kevin is a great guy. I recently did his podcast. Listen He's a great director and trusts his actors a lot. Which I love.

Dear Matt JONES, you were at ASSCAT not too long ago, I was there in the crowd, and I wanted to ask What did you think of that guy walking around naked during the show and did Matt Besser talk about that guy after the show?

Just some BRO who wanted attention. Sad really.

Was Matt Besser really angry at him or was he joking?

No. He was actually mad. Its Besser.

I knew you in high school and I think it's really cool that you've been successful in love and acting. I hope you keep being successful and keep getting interesting parts to play.

Who is this? Thank you.

What kind of car do you drive?

Honda Civic POS. Need a new one.


He's fine with it. Not thrilled. My favorite are Ham Hamersly teaches through pool and the Audition.

How did you get cast on Red State? Did Kevin hand pick you, or did you have to go through the usual bullshit?

Usual bullshit.

From reading a bunch of your comments it sounds like you grew up in Chicago (maybe a dumb question). I'm from there as well, except I go to school in NYC right now.

What do you miss most about Chicago? Favorite deep dish pizza?

I'm from LA but have a lot of Chicago friends and am marrying a south side girl. Lou Malnatis.

I have waited forever for the day you did an AMA...

But now that it is here, I don't know what to say.

I love you, that is all.

I love you too.

Does Patra have the best burgers in L.A.?

No. I love this place called Ubami. They're fucking awesome.

Were you in Season 5 Episode 7 of How I Met Your Mother? If so, great work delivering pizza. If not, you have an impersonator out there. And they're really good.

It was me. Gots to get PAID!

I know I'm a little late to the game and forgive me if this has been asked; HOW did the Marc Maron pilot go and what stage of production hell is it in??

I had a lot of fun doing it but I havent seen it and no one has told me anything.

Starting a new radio host job in the next few weeks, any chance I can get an audio clip from u? Say anything! I'll plug the massacre like mad! If u have a smartphone and 8 seconds my email is biggest female fan here, u, Matt keck, and George watsky are my favs!

Whats the radio show? What city?

What pays more, dressing up as money and holding a sign or acting as a person who dresses up as money and holds a sign?

the latter by just a little.


I agree.

Will you marry me? I love you so much...

Are you a girl? But alas... I'm getting married to someone else in May.

Hey Matt, love your work throughout the series. I'm a native of the South Valley of Burque and I love how BB is always down to promote the Local business' of our Albuquerque.

My questions:

What is your Favorite local place to eat?

Where can you go for exciting nightlife in this town?
(considering our downtown is pretty lame and tame)

I like Frontier ( and I like to drink in Nob Hill. Lots of good places there.

If you could be one character from Lord of the Rings, who would you be and why?

OH SHIT! I'd be Faramir. I love Rohan.

As much as I know you probably won't see this comment, and I don't actually have any questions (at least one that wasn't already asked), I just want to let you know that you do such an awesome job and it truly is one of the greatest shows ever.

saw it. thanks.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Matt Jones conducted on Reddit on 2011-11-15. The Reddit AMA can be found here.