Hannibal Lecter aka Anthony Hopkins wrote a letter recently absolutely praising the work that Bryan Cranston did on Breaking Bad…
There are only a few actors that seem to carry irrefutable respect from every thespian that appears on screen or on stage, and Anthony Hopkins certainly fits that bill.
The Academy Award winning actor has played a laundry list of great roles over the years, but when you’ve done something so well that he has to personally pen a letter to you raving about your performance, just stand up and take a bow.
Recently through his agent, Hopkins decided to pay his respects to Bryan Cranston as well as the cast and crew behind Breaking Bad after he binged on the entire show over the course of two weeks.
Hopkins’ love letter to Cranston was filled with a ton of compliments, but maybe none bigger than him saying “Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.”
High praise from Hopkins to Cranston, and if he hasn’t already here’s hoping the veteran actor has already framed this letter and has it hanging on a wall like a badge of honor.
Here’s the entire letter from Hopkins as written to 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.