Let’s say this letter (posted on Facebook by the actors who played Skinny Pete and Agent Steve Gomez on AMC’s Breaking Bad) is real. Let’s say Sir Anthony Hopkins, struck dumb (as many of us have been) by the staggering “awesome”-ness of Breaking Bad, sat up late in his well-appointed Malibu home composing this love letter to Bryan Cranston. Commanders of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, they’re just like us.
Okay, but say it’s not real. Then there’s someone out there in the world who wanted to pull a fast one on us and they decided to accomplish that by cooking up a scenario where Sir Anthony Hopkins would write a mash note to Bryan Cranston. That in itself is worth celebrating. That level of dementia.
The note is nothing extraordinary. Just your typical gush. It is worth nothing, however, that Hopkins tells Cranston to pass on his accolades to Anna Gunn. That’s right, fellas, even (possibly counterfeit) Hannibal Lecter is a Skyler White fan. What kind of monster does that make you?
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.