Turns out, Anthony Hopkins: Just like us. Apparently, at some point in the last month, the 75-year-old actor binge-watched the entire series of Breaking Bad in two weeks, and he loved it so much, that he decided to write star Bryan Cranston a little fan letter to tell him just how much.
Unlike the rest of us, however, since he is Anthony Hopkins, his letter was actually able to get to Bryan Cranston—as well as the rest of the cast. And now, thanks to Steven Michael Quezada (Gomez), it's available for the world to read. Tell us, Anthony Hopkins, how much did you love Breaking Bad?
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.
The random "Amazon" name-drop is a bit weird, but this is adorable nonetheless. Not to mention, all the awards the show won over the course of its nearly six-year run don't mean nearly as much as Sir Anthony Hopkins' endorsement does. Breaking Bad is truly one of the greatest shows of our time.