Months before “Breaking Bad” fans lost their shit after finally learning about the fates of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in the series finale, their portrayers, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, read the script for “Felina” for the first time. And a camera was there to capture their reactions as they read the script aloud. I love being able to see Cranston and Paul process the information they’ve just read; the realization that Jesse makes it out alive, and that Walt doesn’t. And the bits of scene description/non-dialogue are fabulous too: “That big M-60 has been placed in there sideways, mounted atop the rig Walt built. It rattles away, sweeping back and forth like Satan’s windshield wiper.” Genius. [via Gawker]
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Leading up to the finale of “Breaking Bad,” many critics and fans of the show put forward their theories about how the show would end. One joking suggestion I read more than a few times involved Bryan Cranston’s Walter White assuming a new identity as Hal, the dad from “Malcolm in the Middle” (portrayed by Cranston, of course), or Hal waking up in bed next to his wife Lois, with the entirety of “Breaking Bad” having been a very odd, bad dream. Well, lo and behold, the creators of “Breaking Bad” apparently saw the hilarity in a BB/Malcolm crossover, because they included this alternate ending on the upcoming complete series DVD box set. “There was a guy who never spoke … he just rang a bell the whole time!” [NYMag.com]
“Breaking Bad” may be over, but our obsession with one of the greatest shows of all time has not — and that’s true for the cast and crew as well. The show’s camera operator Andy Voegeli tweeted a bunch of photos he took over the course of filming the five seasons, including the two snaps above of the “Breaking Bad”-inspired tattoos that Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston got. Paul’s ink, which says “No Half Measures” in cursive, is the name of a classic episode from season three (and a reference to a classic moment between Mike Ehrmantraut and Walter White). Cranston’s tat is, of course, the show’s logo, albeit very tiny. Check out a few more of Voegeli’s shots after the jump! Keep reading »
Hannibal Lecter is just like us! In addition to enjoying his fava beans with a nice Chianti, Sir Anthony Hopkins also likes to spend his free time binge-watching entire TV series. His latest obsession? “Breaking Bad,” which just came to its dramatic conclusion a few weeks ago. Sir Anthony was apparently so impressed by the series that he sent the show’s star, Bryan Cranston, the following fan letter:
Dear Mister Cranston.
I wanted to write you this email – so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber – I take it we are both represented by UTA . Great agency.
I’ve just finished a marathon of watching “BREAKING BAD” – from episode one of the First Season – to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.
I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!
Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever. Keep reading »
“What happened to Walt is something I related to … If I’m truly honest with myself. I’ve come to realize that I think everybody is capable of [transforming into a villain]. If you came into a condition where you were under tremendous stress. And if I knew what buttons to push that threatened you and yours…You could become an extremely dangerous person … I had one girlfriend I wanted to kill … I envisioned myself killing her … It was so clear. My apartment had a brick wall on one side, and I envisioned opening the door, grabbing her by the hair, dragging her inside, and shoving her head into that brick wall until brain matter was dripping down the sides of it. Then I shuddered and realized how clearly I saw that happening. And I called the police because I was so afraid. I was temporarily insane—capable of doing tremendous damage to her and to myself.”
– Bryan Cranston talks about channelling his dark side to play Walter White on “Breaking Bad” in the August issue of GQ. In the article, he mentions that this ex-girlfriend, whose head he thought about smashing into a brick wall, was a drug addict who stalked him and left messages threatening to kill him on his answering machine — not that that makes his murder fantasy admission any less disturbing. Keep reading »
- Whoa: someone broke into Bryan Cranston’s car and stole a tote bag containing a “Breaking Bad” script! A window of Cranston’s car, which was parked in Albuquerque, New Mexico, got smashed and the bag carrying his script and iPad were taken. A man has been arrested for the theft, but the script has not been recovered. In conclusion, people are crazy. [Videogum]
- What are “sex gypsies”? They’re people who hook up with you so they have a place to stay (yours!) because they don’t want to pay rent or hotel bills. [New York Post]
- Damian Lewis kinda sorta dropped a “Homeland” spoiler. [Digital Spy]
- Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains It All” is going to be turned into a book called Things I Can’t Explain about a 23-year-old Clarissa who works as a journalist. [NYmag.com Vulture]
- Beyoncé and Blue Ivy were snapped at brunch at a restaurant in Brooklyn yesterday. Beyoncé is just like us! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
“Breaking Bad” is one of my favorite TV shows, like, ever, but I rarely blog about it because it usually takes me a couple days to process all the intricacies of each episode. However, last night’s episode featured such a fantastic scene between Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Skylar (Anna Gunn) that I couldn’t resist posting it. Spoilers after the jump! Keep reading »