ALBUQUERQUE - All thanks to the Internet, an Albuquerque man is turning his 15 seconds on camera into 15 minutes of fame because of his mustache.
A retired Albuquerque firefighter, Ronny Sanchez made a quick cameo on the Sunday episode of AMC’s hit TV show “Breaking Bad.” While he was only in sight for a few seconds, his mustache set the Internet abuzz.
“My kids are always telling me, 'Oh Dad, everybody likes your mustache,' ” said Sanchez.
Just type in "Breaking Bad mustache man" on Twitter or Google and see all the talk that's spawned from the cameo.
Sanchez has been making background appearances in “Breaking Bad” since season two, playing a DEA agent working in the same office as one of the main characters, Hank Schrader. He has appeared in at least seven episodes and he never expected to steal the show.
“It's been a pretty fun ride there,” said Sanchez.
About 57 minutes into the episode titled “Buried,” Sanchez’s character can be seen sitting in the office while Hank Schrader returns. First, only the back of Sanchez’s head is visible, but soon the camera changes angles, revealing Sanchez’s mustache.
“That's kind of funny,” Sanchez said as he watched the clip.
Immediately after the clip aired, people were talking about it online.
“My sons called me and told me, 'Dad, you're all over Twitter and Reddit' and I am like, all right come and show me how to do that,” laughed Sanchez. “It's a little flattering a little embarrassing.”
An Albuquerque blogger even wrote up an article about Sanchez that's since been read by thousands more.
“So that really surprised, it was kind of funny reading all of that great articles everybody was sending in,” said Sanchez.
So who is Sanchez? He's now retired, but spent 25 years with the Albuquerque Fire Department, last working as an arson investigator. He says acting in "Breaking Bad" is part-time fun.
“Got called back quite a few times and it was great, a lot of fun. Pretty interesting in how they put together a TV show,” said Sanchez.
He says he loves what the film industry's doing for New Mexico and hopes there are lot more parts for everyone.
“Hopefully, we can get a lot of other people out here whether they have a mustache or no mustache to come out and get involved,” said Sanchez.
There are six episodes of "Breaking Bad" left in its final season. Sanchez says he will appear in a few more of them.
Along with the "Breaking Bad" notoriety, Sanchez also won first place in the goatee category of the regional Beard and Mustache Championships. He'll head to New Orleans in a couple weeks to compete in nationals.
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