Who is the number one fan of Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White in the AMC series, Breaking Bad? Would you believe Academy Award-winning movie star Anthony Hopkins, who acted in movies like Red Dragon, The Edge, and Silence of the Lambs? The famous thespian, who was knighted for his own brilliant acting skills, wrote a fan letter to Cranston expressing his genuine feelings that the acting in the series represented the very best acting he’d ever seen.
Hopkins watched the entire AMC series of Breaking Bad with the cast over a two week period. He was so impressed by it that he felt prompted to write a letter to Cranston expressing his sentiments.
Steven Michael Quezada, who is one of the co-stars in the series, posted the email letter on October 13, 2013, on his Facebook page. In the body of the letter which went viral), Hopkins praised both Cranston’s performance as Walter White, a chemistry teacher with cancer who turns to cooking meth to gather enough cash together to support his family in the event of his death, and that of everyone in the cast of Breaking Bad.
According to Hopkins in his email letter to Cranston:
From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell,” he writes. “It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian [sic] or Greek Tragedy.”
Hopkins wrote in the letter that he had “never watched anything like it,” and he called it “Brilliant!” Hopkins added that Cranston’s performance as Walter White “was the best acting I have ever seen — ever.”
High praise, indeed, especially from someone who has been in the acting profession for decades, and has become jaded to the point of writing in the letter “I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.”
The renowned actor called the series “spectacular” and said that what was really “extraordinary” to him was “the sheer power of everyone in the entire production.” Hopkins continues on in this vein for awhile, finally remarking that: “You and all the cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.”
Hopkin’s email letter is no longer on Steven Michael Quezada’s Facebook page. However, Hopkin’s publicist, Arnold Robinson, confirmed that the letter was, indeed, genuine. Hopkins thought so highly of Cranston’s performance throughout the series that he felt driven to write the letter to let him know how he felt. Cranston, when he allowed his co-star to post the letter, had no idea that it would go viral.
Altogether, in portraying Walter White on Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston garnished three Emmys for being the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In the series final on September 29, the show was viewed by approximately 10.3 million fans. It was the most-watched finale to a series in basic cable history.
Breaking Bad has millions of devoted fans, but it just might be that the series’s number one fan is the acclaimed actor, Anthony Hopkins. Cranston’s sustained performance over five seasons of the series as Walter White, and the incredible acting jobs of the cast, like that of Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, has created the same feelings that Hopkins expresses in his email in the hearts of fans of Breaking Bad everywhere.
Written by: Douglas Cobb