Apparently, Breaking Bad's casting of Walter White is way better than any of us could have ever imagined. In a new interview with GQ, star Bryan Cranston revealed a little bit of what exactly inspires him to play the character of Walt so convincingly—he just draws upon his own life experiences! Like, method acting, only for life. Tell us, Bryan:
Do you believe in evil?
"Yeah. I think it's right next to good, inside every person."
And have you encountered it yourself?
"I had one girlfriend I wanted to kill."
It was a woman he dated after his short-lived first marriage. She was a drug addict, terribly unstable, and she followed Cranston to New York when he left L.A. to work on the soap opera Loving. She stalked him, leaving messages on his answering machine: "I'm gonna kill you. I'm gonna cut your balls off. I'm gonna have your dick sawed off." Finally, one day, the woman showed up at Cranston's Upper West Side apartment, banging on the door.
"And I envisioned myself killing her. It was so clear. My apartment had a brick wall on one side, and I envisioned opening the door, grabbing her by the hair, dragging her inside, and shoving her head into that brick wall until brain matter was dripping down the sides of it. Then I shuddered and realized how clearly I saw that happening. And I called the police because I was so afraid. I was temporarily insane—capable of doing tremendous damage to her and to myself."
...oh. Well then. That was graphic. Is anyone else wondering how someone inserts the phrase "brain matter" into casual conversation?
This is awkward. We're just going to write those off as a phenomenon of intrusive thoughts, and segue over on to this...Breaking Bad, Danger Walt and all, returns August 11, at 9 PM on AMC. Here, everyone, cheer up with this: