Do you like Breaking Bad? Think Bryan Cranston is a great actor? Well, you’re now in good company! Sir Anthony Hopkins, veteran actor known for playing the little known character of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, recently binge-watched the show in two weeks, (Two Weeks!) and was so impressed by the storytelling that he decided to write Bryan Cranston a fan letter. Here’s the letter, in its full glory (via Yahoo):
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, Shakespearean 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.
That’s some high praise there. I mean, Cranston has multiple Emmys, so it’s not like he needs any more validation, but having your work described as “best acting ever” by someone as legendary as Sir Hopkins must be special.
Anyway, have you seen Breaking Bad? If not, why not? What’re you doing? Not seeing Breaking Bad? Go watch it now! All the cool kids have watched it.