Take a powerful message, add a little star power, and you get attention. That was the recipe behind R.J. Mitte’s stop in Omaha Tuesday night.
Most know him Walt Jr. from Breaking Bad but in real life R.J. Mitte is his name and this star lit up a packed house inside a Creighton University Auditorium.
He came to the heartland with a powerful message about using a disability to overcome bullying.
“It isn't so much for the people that have disabilities,” he said. “It isn't so much for the people being bullied. It's mostly for the people that observe it or are around it, or see it going on."
The 21-year-old Mitte gave the heart-to-heart message to a room full of his peers and it went over well.
Jesse Bandel said, “It is still really prevalent today and I guess in college we kind of shrug it off. We don't really call it bullying. I feel like, it is kind of more extreme. But back in the day, I am sure everyone has been the bully, been the bystander, and been the recipient."
The crowd drew some diehard fans of the show.
"I am a huge Breaking Bad fan,” one of them told us. “I binge-watched all five seasons in like a week."
Katie Glowicki said, “Well, we are big Breaking Bad fans."
Mitte said he doesn't mind that this is partly why people come.
"I wouldn't have the platform without Breaking Bad. I wouldn't be able to come do this. I wouldn't be able to fill a room."
But the room was full on Tuesday night. The message was heard.