Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad: everyone is capable of doing something dangerous

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The only new show I’m watching right now is “True Blood,” and I usually play it on HBOGo in one window on my computer and surf in the other. I enjoy it, but it’s not doing it for me overall and I feel that we waited too long for a payoff this season. So that’s part of the reason why I’m so excited for “Breaking Bad” to return. It comes back on AMC for its fifth season this Sunday, July 15th! There are just seven episodes that will air this year, and we’ll have to wait until next summer to see the rest and last. They’re breaking the fifth season up into two parts and after that the show will be over.

Lead actor Bryan Cranston was on “The Today Show” to promote Breaking Bad yesterday. They made him do his segment outside with the crowd and it was brief. (You can watch it above and here’s a direct link to the video.) Meanwhile Kendra Wilkinson got a full interview inside with Kathy Lee and Hoda to promote her new reality show on WeTV. Both WeTV and AMC are owned by the same company, AMC Networks, so it’s not like NBC had a financial interest to give Kendra more time. They just thought we’d want to hear more from the star of a reality show that got demoted from E! than a three time Emmy winner on one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television.

Mild spoilers for last season of Breaking Bad; spoilery photos for next season below
Bryan spoke in general about the new and frankly shocking plot twists we saw at the end of last season. He said everyone was capable of going to the dark side, basically. We did see Walt do some pretty incredible things out of both desperation and a desire for power. Here’s what he said during his brief interview on The Today Show. He’s so skilled at explaining his character and I love to watch his interviews. He is one talented, interesting man.

How much darker can you make this guy?
It can go darker and dark I think. I think every human being is capable of being really dangerous given the right set of circumstances. I’m telling you, in doing this show I’ve realized how dark the pendulum can swing.

It’s true, he has been seduced by what was possible in this new life, by what was impossible in his other life.

Talking about avarice and people being greedy is not possible when someone is poor. He hasn’t experienced those seductions as a man, and intimidating powers are very seductive.

Is it true your wife won’t watch this?
She won’t watch it. Well she watches it but not at night.

Is there a movie in the future?
I would [do a movie]. I don’t know how it’s going to end up, I have no idea.

Can you imaging a Breaking Bad movie? In theory it sounds awesome, the show is already so cinematic. Excellent TV shows like this don’t always translate to the big screen, though. Look at how X-Files got mangled in its two movies.

What’s coming up next for Breaking Bad? Walt is the head bitch now, but he’s doing some psychops stuff on Jesse, and it’s only a matter of time before Jesse wises up. I bet you Jesse will end up being the one who runs the whole operation in the end. Or maybe they’ll all get busted by Walt’s brother-in-law, Hank. I love this show so much.

Also, am I the only one who finds Bryan Cranston hot? I so would. I would take Aaron Paul over him, but I get the impression Cranston is a better lover. He just seems like a freak to me, but maybe I’m confusing him with his character.

Warning these photos from next season have Spoilers

Hank can walk!!

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  1. Lilalis says:

    I can’t wait, this is the best TV show I have seen in years!

    On another note, why the hate for the X Files movies? The second one was crap, that’s true, but I actually liked the first one.

  2. Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

    I just hope they don’t undo all the good work by fcking up the ending like The Sopranos did.

  3. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Gah…loveee, so sad it is ending. What idgits are running the Today Show? Love them both in the show but their characters are so well played I don’t fancy either one, in a pinch I’d say Jesse,I mean Aaron, Walter/Brian gives me the skeevies, not in a good way.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    This is an incredible show and Cranston gives an iconic, career defining performance-of course NBC didn’t give him as much time as Kendra! Ugh.
    I cannot wait for the show to return, it is always amazing and I can’t wait to see how they finish it up. I don’t want a movie, I just want them to tell the full story in the TV show.

  5. beyonce's bump says:

    Hip hip hooray! Will be tuning in on sunday. Hands down one of the best shows on TV.

  6. Celine says:

    This show is amazing. I hardly watch TV but I’m totally hooked on Breaking Bad. The screenplay is brilliant and all the actors rock. Can’t wait

  7. ZigZagZoey says:

    This show is so awesome and INTENSE!
    The acting is superb. Could not be any better.
    I’m gonna miss Gus though…. :( :)

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    One of the best shows to ever grace television. Cranston blows me away with how talented he is.

  9. kate says:

    Something about him as Walt is sexy, so yes. And Aaron Paul seems like a really really nice guy from his tweets.
    Love this show

  10. the original bellaluna says:

    *ahem* Today Show? THIS is why your ratings fell, and will continue along that path.

    Breaking Bad is awesome, but I’m not really liking AMC’s willingness to end such a popular show.

  11. mzthirtyeight says:

    Even as the Malcolm in the Middle father I kinda dug him haha! He’s awesome…yeah, I’d do him(though I feel weird writing/feeling that about him!)

  12. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    The heart of this show is the relationship between Walt & Jessie. I always feel teary eyed that Walt can’t or won’t give Jessie the support and affirmation he craves. These two actors are outstanding in every way.

    I love the way there is a definite character and plot progression with every season as opposed to other zeitgeist shows like the Sopranos that just get repetitious and ridiculous as the show winds down. I love the Greek tragedy aspect of the show as the universe hurls down moral consequences.

    I love the way Aaron Paul hurls out “bitch!” whenever he needs to sound badass.

    Loved. It when Walt says things to Skyler like “I make the money, you LAUNDER the money.”

    Love love love Bob Odenkirk– Better Call Saul!

    Also loved Bryan C as dentist Tim Whatley on Seinfeld.

    Btw on True Blood which I agree with CB about totally, I recently watched Seaason 1 again. Anyone notice how Moyers looked really really hot and sexy then and now he looks old pasty and his hair looks weird now?

  13. Mira says:

    Waiting for Sunday! Love Walt and Jessie. Can’t Wait to hear Jessie’s “yo, bitch” cuss :)

  14. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    At first I thought the pic of Lady Gaga was Jessica Simpson out showing her post baby bod and good on Bryan Cranston – he was awesome in Malcolm in the Middle.

  15. hoya_chick says:

    Absolutely, the best show on television. Well written, well acted….can’t say enough. I am so excited for Sunday. I still re-watch the 1st season and there are things that I see/get now that I missed then. Seven episodes is soooo stingy lol but I have faith that this last season will be supurb.

  16. Vic Kelley says:

    This show can’t end. It has to keep going I don’t want this to be the final season. Thanks for those photos. Looks like Mike is in one of them. I wonder what he will do if he’ll try to avenge Gus or otherwise protect himself.

  17. Lipsy says:

    I LOVE THIS SHOW SOOOO MUCH. Please keep writing articles on BB and its actors! Thank you :)

  18. icravefreshbrains says:

    we just started watching this on netflix, it was in our q for months… it’s amazing! my husband keeps sneaking off to watch eps without me! And as for tapping BC, I won’t say I haven’t thought about it :)

  19. SalmaNella says:

    I’ve been waiting for the next season to start! It is by far, the best tv series that I’ve watched lately. Bryan Cranston has really proven his chops as an actor in this role.

  20. Lara says:

    Is Bryan Cranston hot!? Every single actor/actress on this show is hot! They are all extremely talented and inexcusably underrated. The show is a true masterpiece! I have never in my life seen anything mind-blowing like this. Better Call Saul!

  21. Melanie says:

    I got to say, I would love to see Jesse come out on top at the end of this show. I know he’s a bad guy and murders people and cooks meth but he manages to be a bad guy that’s even more like-able than Dexter.

  22. B says:

    I am soooooooo excited.

    I have always thought that Walt pretty much ‘has’ to die by the end of the series. Maybe not, but it’s just how I’ve always envisioned it. I wonder if his cancer will come back in some way? I really hope that Jesse will be okay. He’s my favorite character and I’d hate to see something bad happen to him…especially at Walt’s hands or by any of Walt’s actions. Walt may be a cool ‘badass’ to watch, but part of me can’t root for him.

    • boredsuburbanhousewife says:

      hey@B that is the whole point of the show! As it progresses you start not being able to root for Walter anymore because he becomes more and more corrupt and evil.

      Jessie, however, you continue to root for because he just has this basic inner decency and desire to save people, especially little kids. The bad things he has done he has done reluctantly and then only to save the lives of people he cares for – aka Walter, who treats him like shite.

  23. sup says:

    deja vu mr. cranston… both you and gilligan said this already. we get the shows’ point. i still think not everyone would turn to a monster under such circumstances. this character has a lot of complexes he had to surpress. and it’s unrealistic because it’s a show. that said i’m looking forward to the final 2 seasons.

  24. Bec says:

    I am Totally in love w/ Bryan Cranston!
    An I love that he struggled as an actor for a loooong time before he started getting work – he so deserves this show. He is a genius!

  25. Stacia says:

    Yes!The Return of Heisenberg!

    Tv will suck after this show leaves. True Blood is campy and has JUMPED THE SHARK, IMO.

    Only thing left is Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Homeland, and that’s about it.