Austin Film Fest pairs Will Ferrell with 'Breaking Bad' alum

Austin Film Fest pairs Will Ferrell with 'Breaking Bad' alum for script reading

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The Austin Film Festival brings filmmakers, screenwriters and movie buffs from all over to the ATX.

On Sunday festival goers got to catch a rare glimpse of the very funny Will Ferrell in a staged script reading at the State Theater on Congress.

Ferrell is playing the lead role in the upcoming movie called "2 Face,"  written by former "X-Files" writer and "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan.

"Well this is a script I wrote 23 years ago in 1990...half my lifetime ago, back when I was 23," Gilligan said.

The film is described as a dark comedy about a man with a split personality disorder.

Director Rian Johnson calls it one of those "golden un-produced scripts" that's been floating around for a while.

"Fantastic script and we have a great group of actors to just give it a live reading here in Austin.  It's really exciting," Johnson said.

"I'm just gonna be sitting back as an audience member and marveling at all the good work they do today," Gilligan said.

Also playing a role, famous Texan,  Thomas Haden Church.

"There's some social questions that it sort of addressed," Church said.

And a man I called the coolest guy in the world when I met him -- Giancarlo Esposito.

"I play a guy named Dr. Blevins who is the head of a hospital surgery unit ...where a character named 'Rodeo Bob'...the good 'Bob' works," Esposito said.

The actor calls it an eccentric and out of the box script that movie-goers will enjoy.

"Very satirical.  So I would say this particular piece is a dramatic, satirical comedy in a very weird way surrounding racism," he said.

You may recognize Esposito from playing Gustavo Fring on Gilligan's Breaking Bad  -- a character he says he would like to return to if he can when Gilligan launches the spin-off --  "Better Call Saul."

Gilligan says you might see some familiar faces.

"It's possible, it's very possible.  Better Call Saul is a prequel.  And it's possible you might see Walter White, it's possible you might see Jesse Pinkman.  Don't wanna make any promises, but it's certainly possible.  The sky's the limit when you're doing a prequel, you can have pretty much anybody," Gilligan said.

The Austin Film Festival continues through Thursday.

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