Aaron Paul at the “Need For Speed” NY Screening

Posted on March 12, 2014

Clear the area, people. The intense douche fumes are an environmental hazard. They’re so strong, in fact, that we’re calling in Homeland Security to investigate as a possible terrorist attack.


Aaron-Paul-Need-For-Speed-NY-Screening-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Aaron Paul attends “Need For Speed” screening hosted by The Cinema Society and Bushmills in New York City.

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You’re a douche. Go home.

We think Aaron Paul may just surpass Dan Stevens in the “shitty followup to career-making role” sweepstakes.  And Aaron isn’t even the one who bought a new chin.




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  • KinoEye

    Yikes. I love Aaron Paul, but even I cannot deny the douche fumes. I really hope he doesn’t piss away all the momentum from Breaking Bad. I’d like to believe he can continue to grow as an actor, although Need for Speed isn’t the best project with which to do it. But it’s money in the bank, I guess.

    • tereliz

      Ugh, this movie. All personal hygiene queries aside, why would you follow up a role on one of the best-loved TV dramas of the decade with a movie role Jason Statham would have passed on (and probably did)?

      • liberalteapot

        Maybe because he’s like to do something fun. because it’s money in the bank and an easy introduction to the poledance. He’s got the nick hornby thing coming up, he’s narrating a documentary, a Scott epic, and a small indie. This’ll just give him more oppertunities.

        • KinoEye

          True. I think I’ve seen a couple of interviews where he said he wanted to do something light immediately following Breaking Bad. Although, he’s getting to dive back into the role for Better Call Saul, which will (thankfully) be much more comedic than BB. I just adore the man, and want nothing but the best for him.

  • Capt. Renault

    *takes out Sharpie, draws on chest hair*

  • TrixieConQueso

    Oh Boy. Can’t we just say he is ACTING like a Douche? Sigh.

    • tereliz

      I saw him on an episode of Mythbusters and honestly, Vince Gilligan seemed douchier. Ryan at least memorized his lines and reconciled with the fact that the flouric acid in the bath and the fulminated mercury impact bomb were most likely busted. Vince, not so much.

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  • BarniClaw

    I just spent too much time looking at newer and older pics of Dan Stevens. It really does look like his chin is bigger, but…is it for real?

    • Jackie4g

      I’m about to do the same.

    • woundedidealist

      I 100% just did the same thing and really was like, hmmm, maybe it IS new.

  • imspinningaround

    Honestly? I think this look can be redeemed because the jacket is awesome and the pants fit nicely. Swap out the grungy henley for a sharp white shirt buttoned to the collar with no tie, neaten up the facial hair, Chelsea boots. Done.

    • TrixieConQueso

      You forgot to add a little Aaron-Smirk. Then done.

    • JauntyJohn

      I have to say, I think you’re on to something.
      Given the brand he seems to be building via the “Breaking Bad” character which was his breakthrough, coupled with this franchise, what you describe would have probably worked like gangbusters.
      I guess it’s the difference between “dressing down” and “not dressing.”

    • I totally agree that the look could be improved by switching out half the items he’s wearing. But this outfit is kinda douchey for a screening of your film.

    • leahpapa

      Bring in his wife. The two of them are so adorable together he could be wearing Toxic by Ed Hardy Panther Label and I’d still be unable to accuse him of douchery.

      (Confession: I actually don’t think this is *that* douchey. I guess my definition of douche tends more toward Axe body spray/shirt by Structure/anything sharkskin. This looks excessively casual for one’s film premiere, but, then again, he’s basically doing a Vin Diesel movie, right?)

      • Lucía Gavello

        They are the cutest, when I hear him talking about her it melts my heart. This doesn’t look that douchey to me either, not for this dumb movie anyway.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      It’s not that this can’t be improved, it’s the fact that he was okay with the douche styling to hit the screening.

  • Wendi126

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard or seen him do anything douchey and I’m just gonna go with he has a stomach virus and threw on the clothes he wore yesterday to meet his bro for a brew because he just couldn’t stand to put on anything else and he’s very sorry and promises never to do douche again.

    • jilly_d

      I like this story. The pictures above injure me emotionally and physically, so I’m going with your explanation. Try again tomorrow, Aaron.

  • another_laura

    The poledance he’s doing for this B-grade flick is kind of unwatchable. He’s been on Graham Norton and Top Gear, too, and the douche is strong with this one (yes, I watch too much BBC-America).

    • Loramir

      I saw him on Top Gear and didn’t think he seemed particularly douchey….but shouldn’t he be at the peak of his career right now after the huge boost of Breaking Bad? Shouldn’t he be getting better roles than this?
      I think the outfit here would be totally fine except for the unbuttoned v-neck shirt. Maybe a bit casual for a premiere, but it’s not exactly an Oscar contender. But that unbuttoned v-neck is what’s really giving him the air of doucheyness. A nice dress shirt or even a regular t-shirt would be a big improvement.

      • Janet B

        A bit more effort is called for when you are the star of the movie. On Top Gear he wore this jacket with a white t-shirt which was very appropriate. Here he looks like an idiot.

    • cocohall

      I saw him on Graham Norton and he seemed alright. I haven’t watched BB except for one episode, so I had no knowledge of him – but he seemed to take all the kidding in stride. He did say that this movie has no CGI or blue (or is it green?) screen – that all the stunts are real and it was an homage to fast car movies. Maybe he’s a car guy and it was a lark to do this? Still, not knowing much about him, this outfit is not one to make me want to find out more . . . .

  • jw_ny

    Very douchey here! That henley shirt collar is the worst of the offenses.

    I saw him on Kelly & Michael this morning and he looked great though…didn’t come off as a douche at all. It was funny because they showed a clip of him appearing on The Price Is Right from before he was famous. He was all hopped up on Red Bull and jumping and falling all over the place…quite amusing.

  • Roz

    Oh god. Is this what happens when Bryan Cranston is removed from his side?

  • FrigidDiva

    Did anyone tell him he doesn’t have to dress as his character from the movie for the screening?

  • SewingSiren

    At first glance I thought he was wearing a leather jacket as a shirt! At least THAT’S not the case.

    • Kitten Mittons

      That might be the ultimate in douchery. You’ve made the above photos seem slightly more tolerable now. Thank you for that.

  • Anna

    I guess you can’t really work a bartending shift and promote a movie all in the same night.

  • His outfit clearly says, “I have no expectations for this movie and neither should you.”

    • ballerinawithagun

      I think you’ve got it! He may have signed on for this movie before he knew that Breaking Bad was going to be a phenomenal hit and now he has to do his duty, that’s how the business works.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I laugh/cry every time I see a preview for this movie. This outfit is a WTF – maybe try not to dress like you know the movie is crap.

  • SayWhaaatNow

    But considering the movie he’s promoting, isn’t this outfit sort of appropriate?

  • lobsterlen

    More than just the clothes …This was Aaron Paul’s first major project after Breaking Bad. WTF?!?!! Did he owe someone something? He should have been talked out of doing this movie.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Can Chuck Taylors just be banned from red carpets? Even with a shoe swap it would be SO much less casual.

  • chipwitch

    First off, I agree that this outfit is not great. I’m inclined to agree with people who say that he’s probably just not feeling well.

    I also heard that Breaking Bad was very difficult for him, emotionally, and he wanted to do something easier for his first project back. I have no interest in this movie, whatsoever, but can understand needing some “popcorn” after being Jesse.

    I’m planning on pretending this movie never happened and that his first post-BB movie will be A Long Way Down.

    • clevergirl70

      Most comforting explanation so far. I’m going with it. *fingers in ears, eyes shut, la la la la la*

  • lunchcoma

    He’s always struck me as being a sweetheart, so I’m going to go with “needs a stylist.”

  • Imasewsure

    “Need for Quick Cash” for Aaron and “Need for US Recognition as an Actor” for cutie Brit Dominic Cooper. I’d say, “Need for a New Agent” for both of them. And seriously I’d love to see the tail end of these stupid car chase/macho angst movies… make another Drive…

  • conniemd

    Unbuttoned shirt with leather jacket definitely sends the douche message when on the red carpet. It says “I have no respect”

  • msdamselfly

    He usually looks impeccable and I like him so much.

  • Ashleigh

    Give him time…

  • Cee Layton

    He’s probably hating the dumbass movie he chose and is now having to promote. He has never come off douchey before…he gets a complete pass from me.

  • lynnlee

    I don’t see douche- maybe lazy or clueless. I get douche fumes off Jared Leto all the time. He looks like one big oily, affectation to me- but he gets a break. I think Aaron Paul should get a break too. He doesn’t usually come off this badly.

  • ccinnc

    No. I adore him. He’s a doll, and I’ll never believe he’s a douche. If his head swells a little, that’s ok with me.

  • Bradio311

    Wouldn’t say “douche” exactly… Definitely supremely lazy. I wouldn’t dress this badly to run to the bodega for milk!

  • quiltrx

    Go home and try harder, Aaron. This is YOUR movie screening. As my mother would have said, “look like SOMEBODY!”

  • Cheryl

    I like the jacket, but the unbuttoned henley is just disgustingly gross. It could be worse though, he could have a snap brim hat on, and tank top. I’m just so sad that he made this crap movie, after all the Breaking Bad greatness. Does he want to do a bunch of shitty movies, and then do something great so he can have a McConaissance?

  • xmixiex

    I guess I don’t get why this is douchey. Love him, awesome jacket.

  • MaggieMae

    I don’t get a whiff of douche. I smell more “I’m not really that proud of this movie”.

  • MilaXX

    My Aaron is not giving off douche fumes just yet. Not sure why hes dressed like this. I’ve seen him on Graham Norton and Kelly & Michael looking perfectly nice in really cute tweed suits.

  • The Versatile Chef

    I just listened to him do an interview on The Dan Patrick Show. He seems like a truly nice, humble guy and sounds ever grateful for the opportunities now coming his way.

    Hope that mitigates the douche fumes for y’all.

    • KinoEye

      He’s always seemed like a very decent, well-rounded guy in everything I’ve read about/from him. I think the douchiness is coming more from choosing to wear a leather jacket and exposing several inches of chest when we know he can look much more put-together for premieres.

  • julessophia

    so he’s a douche because he didn’t dress up for a screening of his movie. note screening, not a premiere, the premiere was last week in los angeles. and are you also saying he’s a douche because he’s giving a smoldering look instead of actually smiling? get over yourselves.

    • “so he’s a douche because he didn’t dress up for a screening of his movie. ”


      “and are you also saying he’s a douche because he’s giving a smoldering look instead of actually smiling?”


      “get over yourselves.”


    • bellafigura1

      Yeah, this whole scene is getting much more bitter, much less kittens lately. The piling on of echo-chamber groupies is also mad irritating. Original thoughts, anyone?

      *crickets* It’s too bad – TLo were lovely in person. I’m out.

  • Dear lord, you did NOT LIE about the chin. What a travesty.

  • formerlyAnon

    SO glad I didn’t skip this one (a close thing), that chin remark is probably up there in the top 40 bitchiest throwaway remarks y’all have made. 🙂 (God, who’d be an actor these days?)

  • Unless he does some sort of radically phenomenal acting role he will always be Jesse Pinkman to me. And yeah, go home and put on something a bit more venue appropriate for your movie screening.

  • marlie

    I don’t think he looks particularly douchey, but he also doesn’t look particularly interesting, either.

  • Pennymac

    He looks a little like Chris whateverhisnameis from the Talking Dead. And his facial expression is on of “I can’t believe I’m poledancing for this”

  • Jane

    What did Dan Stevens ever do to you? Do you dislike him that much for leaving Downton Abbey? I think he just lost a lot of weight, he’s always had a big chin in older pictures. Since he has 4 movies coming out in the next year, his chin doesn’t seem to be hurting him 🙂

  • dschubba

    He seems fairly un-douchey in real life. I just think he’s giving the lowest possible number of fucks about this event.

  • judybrowni

    Still cooking meth, I see.

  • MzzPants

    Hopefully this is a case of poor choices made by handlers, though he did probably have the final say about the project. A shame.

  • shopgirl716

    Is that what happened to Dan Steven’s face? I was wondering about that.

  • SierraDelta

    Not interesting enough for me to have any thoughts about.

  • Guest

    I can’t defend his outfit but that was super harsh.

  • kerryev

    I was really disappointed to go from, “Hey, the dude in the promo for that generic-looking action movie looks like Aaron Paul” to “Oh.”

  • altissima

    Eeeew. Just eew!

  • St. Ace

    I think he’s dressing to suit the movie. This is a movie that expects a leather jacket and douchey styling.

  • bitterkitten

    Love you guys but that was so harsh.

  • Friida Mtz

    I met Aaron that day, and I can say he was everything but a douche. I spend about 30 minutes talking with him, And during the red carpet he took pictures with dvery fan! he was very attentive but he was under the weather, because of the jet lag and the fact that he was traveling to many places. Anyway he was so sweet to me, I got to say he is a wonderful person.