Widely known as Walther White, Jr. on "Breaking Bad", RJ Mitte now plays the title role as Doug in the indie film, "Who's Driving Doug" which is set to be released in theaters and on demand on February 26th.
Starring RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Ray William Johnson (Equals Three), Paloma Kwiatkowski (Bates Motel) and directed by David Michael Conley "Who's Driving Doug", follows the life of Doug, an intelligent but sheltered college student with muscular dystrophy who is stuck in a rut. His static life changes forever when he hires underachieving classmate Scott (Ray William Johnson of "Equals Three") as his driver. Doug agrees to accompany Scott on a road trip to Las Vegas in order to escape his oppressively loving mother (Daphne Zuniga) and to get closer to his college crush Stephanie (Paloma Kwiatkowski of "Bates Motel"), who ends up tagging along. At the height of the journey during the film, a tragic series of events tests their bond and opens the road to self-discovery. Drugs, gambling, and romance await the three friends in this unflinchingly honest yet striking film.
Although this role was a bit challenging for Mitte, he discussed how it did strengthen him as an actor and even provided his outlook on how to not life your life through fear or with a crutch.
"It was a little hard for me to accept this role. I don't know what its like to day in and day out with muscular dystrophy but i did my best to recreate this person as accurate and honest (as possible)," states Mitte. "This is a story of opportunity to change your perspective and its a journey of learning to not be confined by your situation."
With many films and projects on the horizon, Mitte has been staying busy since his "Breaking Bad" days. When asked of his advice for people that may not have achieved their dreams he had plenty to say:
"Get to work! There is always time to go back and achieve what you want, but there also is no time like the present," explained Mitte. "Feeling your life with regret, worry, and fear will only make your life harder and tear you down more and you can't live like that. You have to be able to take your life back from whatever it is that is alienating you."
It's a story of preservation and a topic that is all too relatable, "Who's Driving Doug" is a story of overcoming any obstacles in order to find happiness.