Breaking Bad: Anthony Hopkins’ criticism of Bryan Cranston for the role of Walter White

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Breaking Bad: Anthony Hopkins' criticism of Bryan Cranston for the role of Walter White

Breaking Bad has been considered for several years as the best drama of all time on television. Released in 2008 with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in the lead as Walter White and his partner Jesse Pinkman respectively, it remained on the air for 5 seasons through the AMC broadcast network, until it was successfully concluded at the end of September 2013.

The hit series followed Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who was diagnosed with lung cancer and gave up teaching to devote himself to the production of illicit substances, in order to accumulate enough money to pay for his treatment and ensure the financial future of his family after his death.

The drama starring Bryan Cranston, was in charge of narrating the transformation of Walter White into Heisenberg; a dangerous drug lord and one of the DEA’s most wanted criminals who was tasked with the large-scale production of high-purity methamphetamine. The main character rose to power and as a consequence a series of catastrophic events unfolded that ended in the death of many people.

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Importantly, for Bryan Cranston’s masterful performance as Walter White in Breaking Bad, the star won not only the support of legions of fans around the world, but also praise from specialists and criticism from one of the actors. Hollywood’s most famous and talented, Anthony Hopkins.

For the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was awarded 3 consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series and was also awarded at the Golden Globes in 2014. And according to actor Anthony Hopkins, the star of AMC’s crime drama delivered the best performance on the show, which he had never seen before.

Anthony Hopkins is one of the greatest actors of any era. His career spans more than 60 years, contains several seminal films, and includes numerous awards, according to IMDb. Hopkins has two Academy Awards (out of six nominations), two Emmys, a slew of Golden Globe nominations for his performance, and an undying love for Cranston’s work on Breaking Bad. After a Breaking Bad marathon, Hopkins sent a gushing letter to Cranston.

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“I’ve never seen anything like it. Brilliant.” Hopkins wrote according to Vanity Fair. “Your portrayal of Walter White was the best performance I’ve ever seen… ever.”

“I know there’s a lot of smoke and sick nonsense in this business, and I’ve kind of lost belief in anything, really.

“But this work of yours is spectacular, absolutely impressive. What is extraordinary, is the power of everyone in the whole production. What was it? Five or six years of work? How the producers (you are one of them yourself), the writers, the directors, the cinematographers… all the departments – the cast, etc. – managed to maintain discipline and control from start to finish is (that hackneyed word) impressive.”

“Thank you. This kind of work/craft is rare, and when it happens once in a while, like in this epic, it restores confidence. You and the entire cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.”

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