FORTUNE -- Aaron Paul went directly from shooting the much-anticipated finale of Breaking Bad to the set of DreamWorks Pictures' Need for Speed movie, which began its cross-country filming trek in Mendocino, CA. The gig got off to a bad start when he was left stranded at 2 a.m. at the local airport, which was closed, in the rain with no cell service. During the two hours it took for his ride to show up, he had time to think, "What am I doing?"
What he did is now on the big screen. It's the latest attempt by Hollywood to turn a hit video game franchise into a movie. Electronic Arts (EA) has sold over 140 million Need for Speed games over the last few decades, including last fall's Need for Speed: Rivals. The series allows fans to live the fantasy of driving some of the world's most expensive and exotic vehicles and put the pedal to the metal -- including Paul.