In Breaking Bad, there is a character Max Arciniega who was the best friend of Gus. On the other hand, there is another character in this movie called "Krazy-8". The thing is, Krazy-8's actor's real name is Max Arciniega too.

My question is, is this just a coincidence or does the movie mean anything by this?

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I don't have an authoritative source (apparently it is mentioned in an episode of the Breaking Bad Insider podcast), but the character was named after the actor; it's something Vince Gilligan (creator of Breaking Bad) likes to do.

There are more examples of this in the show:

The writers occasionally use actor names for characters.

  • Janes last name is Margolis, and the actor who plays Hector is Mark Margolis.

  • In BCS, the shoplifter girl that Saul wants to give the scholarship to has the last name Esposito - Giancarlo Esposito plays Gus.

  • And the photographer from the Mesa Verde copyright plot has the last name Bitsui - the last name of the actor who plays Victor.

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