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After ‘Breaking Bad,’ Aaron Paul feels a ‘Need for Speed’


How does Aaron Paul follow up his wild and crazy meth-dealing stint on the phenomenon that was Breaking Bad? By driving really, really fast on the big screen in Need for Speed, in theaters Friday.

Paul plays Tobey, a small-town mechanic/amateur racer who agrees to pimp up a Ford Mustang so arch enemy ( Dominic Cooper) can enter it in a cross-country race. Tobey needs to pay off his debts and help his struggling business, which is staffed by some of his best friends.

Life pretty much imitated art, says Paul, who bonded with his co-stars, including Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire, Battle L.A.), who plays his right-hand man, Joe. The two actors were at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel-Miami on Monday to chat about the flick.

“We’ve been friends awhile. I mean, what’s not to love?” says Rodriguez of Paul. “Shooting was like having your buddies all together. We had a lot of fun. We raced, we went to driving school, got to do cool stunts.”

Paul, 34, thinks audiences will be pleased by the lack of CGI.

“That’s gonna surprise the hell out of everyone,” says the Idaho native, who played Bryan Cranston’s sidekick and former student for five seasons on the hit AMC show. “We weren’t making stuff up in our heads and driving in front of a green screen, tearing up the asphalt.”

The boys said they were allowed to get up to 125 mph but usually maintained their speeds in the safer 70 to 75 mph region.

“It was definitely thrilling,” remembers Paul. “You were harnessed in with the camera car following us. You get that feeling in your gut but we knew we were all safe.”

In real life, Rodriguez keeps his car within the legal limit and can’t even remember getting a ticket. The native Puerto Rican’s only vice: playing his music super loud.

As for Paul, he is the opposite of his Need for Speed character.

“I’m a super-calm, no rush driver.”

Dashing off

They kame, they selfied, they konquered. A boatload of Kardashians left their plush digs at the Versace Mansion Thursday to return to L.A. after a madcap trip to launch their new DASH boutique on Sixth and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The ladies — Khloe, Kim and Kourtney — were out it in full force Wednesday night for the VIP opening. Earlier in the day, Kim had posted sexy bikini selfies revealing a pretty taut bod, but once again, when it came time to dress up, she had a fashion fail. That chain mail, waist-baring get-up just didn’t do it for her. Better luck, next red carpet.


She’s almost 40! Eva Longoria will be celebrating the last of her 30s Friday night at a V(very) VIP party thrown by Ocean Drive (she’s the spring fashion issue’s cover girl). Longoria’s actual b-day is Saturday. We hope she doesn’t get a hangover as one of her presents.

When in town, Longoria’s a regular at Casa Tua (“I never get tired of it”) and Suviche (“I could go there every day for the tiradito”). “It’s a city that gives me energy once I land,” she tells the mag. “I love the humidity; I love the heat; I love the beach.”

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