Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has no doubt had his share of fan letters since the final episode, but the latest is bound to have taken top spot – an email full of praise from acting great Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Oscar winner Hopkins joins the hoards of fans who’ve binged on the show, admitting he had “a total of two weeks (addictive) viewing”. He goes on to tell Cranston that Breaking Bad is the sort of “epic” series that comes along only once in a while and that his performance as unlikely drug kingpin Walter White was "the best acting I have seen – ever".
(A note for fans, before you get too excited: when Hopkins talks of a sixth season, he is actually referring to the second half of the fifth, which was split in two)
The letter, shared on Hollywood Reporter, reads as follows:
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 admiraton 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… this list is endless.
Thank you. That kind of work/artisty 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.
Not bad, eh?
But now that he's got that off his chest, we wonder how Sir Anthony is coping with the post-Breaking Bad comedown? Here are three more great performances that might help him through it...