‘Breaking Bad': Anthony Hopkins Binge Watches Series, Writes Fan Letter to Bryan Cranston
The 'Breaking Bad' series finale still has us all talking, but what are our words against the mighty voice of Odin, when Anthony Hopkins himself binge watches the entire series in two weeks and writes a letter to Bryan Cranston expressing his fanboy adoration? Sit these two down for some liver, beans and chianti, with a nice crystal blue chaser, stat!
Calling the AMC drama an extraordinary "black comedy" that descends into full-on Shakespearean and Greek tragedy, Hopkins detailed how he watched the entire series over a two-week period in Malibu, downloading the final eight episodes on Amazon (neener-neener, iTunes), before reaching out through the pair's mutual talent agency.
Here's the full text of what Hopkins had to say, affirming what we already knew about the glorious gift of Bryan Cranston:
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.
I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.
But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.
From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.
If you ever get a chance to – would you pass on my admiration to everyone – Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada – everyone – everyone gave master classes of performance … The list is endless.
Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.
You and all the cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.
That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It’s almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.
Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.
At this rate, we won't be surprised if Marlon Brando finds a way to reach out to Bryan Cranston for commendation, as well. We miss the series more and more with each passing Sunday, so relive the ending below, and tell us if you agree with Anthony Hopkins in the comments!