Bryan Cranston and his delicious scruff cover GQ: hot and talented?

The good news is that “Breaking Bad” is coming back soon-ish. The second half of this last season premieres on August 11. The bad news is that there are only eight more episodes in the entire series and then we’ll have to say goodbye to these wonderful characters, sort of. Saul Goldman is probably getting his own comedy spin-off, which should be bizarre and interesting. I imagine we’ll see some other familiar faces on that show, which is also from the mind of BB creator Vince Gilligan. There are rumors that the spin off will be a prequel. That way, several now-deceased characters can be featured.

Also good news: Bryan Cranston is getting a ton of work and is being lauded seemingly everywhere. Here we have him looking hot on the cover of August GQ in a nice suit and some well-maintained scruff. I don’t care how old he is (57, not bad) I so would. I just adore the guy. GQ has a very nice profile of Cranston on their website. They detail how he got his start in acting (by taking a random elective class in college) and they also talk about how he scored the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad. Creator Gilligan advocated for Cranston, and Gilligan speaks at length in the piece about the character and about the potential direction the show will take this season. Here’s some of GQ’s article. They also have a hot 70s-themed photoshoot of Cranston.

Bryan Cranston on how he first envisioned Walter White:
“I actually thought of my father, how he stands hunched, burdened. We didn’t have Walt stand erect until he became Heisenberg. I said, ‘I want his mustache to look impotent. I want people to look at it and go, Why bother?’ I thought he should wear clothes that blend into the wall: beige, sand, taupe, khaki. His hair should be a mop. Nothing’s remarkable about this man.”

on Walter White’s transformation:
“What happened to Walt is something I related to, if I’m truly honest with myself. I’ve come to realize that I think everybody is capable of that. If you came into a condition where you were under tremendous stress. And if I knew what buttons to push that threatened you and yours… You could become an extremely dangerous person.”

on having violent urges of his own:
“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, terriblyunstable, 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.”

on how he’d like to see Breaking Bad end:
“I had notions. Like, ‘What if he created this toxic world around him and, because of his actions, everybody he loved died and he had to stay alive?’ But then I’d think, ‘He’s wrought so much, he has to die. Doesn’t he?’ But if he dies, what does he die of? Maybe he dies of cancer. After all this other danger! But my true answer of how I wanted it to end, my honest answer, is this: however Vince Gilligan wants it to end.”

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan on Cranston’s on-screen presence:
“He’s telepathic. I can’t tell you how much dialogue we’ve cut out of this show over the years in the editing room, stuff that we wrote and really liked, that when we got to the editing room and wesaid to ourselves, ‘You know, we don’t need this line. It’s not necessary, because I see exactly what he’s thinking.’ ”

on his inspirations for the show’s ending:
“I keep coming back to M*A*S*H. From the first episode, these people sit around and say, ‘All I want to do is go home.’ So of course they all get to go home in the final episode. Sometimes the best moment in a TV show is an unpredictable moment, but sometimes it’s actually being predictable.”

[From GQ]

There’s a cool surprise at the end of the article, about a small tattoo Cranston got in honor of the show. You can read about it on GQ. There’s also another segment I wanted to share, where Cranston revealed that a specific scene got to him emotionally. Spoiler for season two follows

Do you remember when Walt watched Jesse’s girlfriend Jane die from a drug overdose and did absolutely nothing to save her? The character, played by Krysten Ritter, was trying to blackmail Walt. When Walt went to Jesse’s apartment to “help” him, he witnessed Jane choking on her own vomit. Instead of intervening, Walt coldly watched Jane take her last breath and left, problem solved. In GQ, Cranston reveals that he was very affected by that scene and that he cried afterwards. “There was one point where I was going through the range of Walter’s emotions and, involuntarily, I saw my daughter’s face. I must have been conjuring the idea that she was somebody’s daughter, and I saw Taylor’s face, choking.” The fact that Cranston played that scene so well is a testament to how talented he is. He deserves all the awards he’s won and then some.

As for how Breaking Bad is going to end, I want Jesse to win. I want Jesse to realize what’s become of Walter and I want him to be triumphant somehow, even if that means Jesse is the kingpin in the end. I see Walt transferring his moral dilemma to Jesse.

photo credit: Nathaniel Goldberg / GQ.

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  1. Apsutter says:

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE him!!!! I cannot wait until Breaking Bad starts up again. I hope he gets another good show afterwards. He’s such a class act and gives the best interviews. Even his Howard Stern interview was great.

    I think he has the right ending in mind for Walt too. I always envisioned everyone he loves dying because of his actions and him living in misery because his ego wanted an “empire.” Just think…if Jesse, Skyler, Walt Jr, or his daughter dies he’d be a lost soul.

    • QQ says:

      Yeeesss Everything you said, he is so awesome and humble and so so talented and cute UGHHHH

  2. I Choose Me says:

    Definitely hot and definitely talented. I love watching him on screen, he’s magnetic.

  3. ds says:

    what on Earth did they do in the last photo; his head looks like a giant lollipop. That said – I love Bryan Cranston, and am so glad we got to see more of his talents.

  4. Kiddo says:

    He is fantastic.

  5. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    That is what Michael Fassbender will look like in 15 years, and it is much hotter than Fassy right now. Of course, I actually like Bryan Cranston, so that might be coloring my opinion.

  6. Elodie says:

    My heart is already aching at the thought of Breaking Bad ending urgh!

    Been saying this for ages now, to me Bryan Cranston could play Michael Fassbender uncle or other distant relative in a film… now that it’s one interesting on-screen pairing I’d like to watch.

  7. Charlotte says:

    I’m so excited for this coming back. My partner and I would rent all seasons and stay up until 2am watching them. I need this back.

  8. Sixer says:

    Meh. No idea when this’ll be on in the UK. I’ve had to wait for DVDs since series 2 or 3. When I finally get to see it, I’m going to go back to the beginning and start all over again. It’s epic and cinematic and and and. And I love me some Cranston.

  9. RocketMerry says:

    He’s amazing! So good to see such a great actor getting recognition!

  10. David99 says:

    Best TV actor of his time!!!!!

  11. Apsutter says:

    As dramatic as this show is whenever I think of it all I can think about is when Walt and Jesse were in the desert and looking out for people and Jesse says that all he saw were a bunch of “cow houses” makes me laugh so hard everytime.

  12. Lauli says:

    To me, Bryan Cranston has been the biggest surprise of 2013. What a fantastic, intense, talented actor he is.
    Roll on august.

    • Tiffany says:

      Which is strange because he has been working steady for the last 20 odd years. Yeah, it was character work but the man is and has been mega talented. I am just glad that his audience has expanded.

  13. Lou says:

    He is so amazing! I dont even wanna watch the final season because I am so sad it’s ending.

  14. Lipsy says:

    I don’t find him hot but I LOVE HIM as an actor!!! I would watch anything he stars in, he’s phenomenal.

  15. carol says:

    I love him, he really is a talented actor! I feel like he really commits to his roles and transforms himself into a different person. Remember when he was Cal (the dad) on Malcolm in the Middle? There is NO trace of Cal in his character in Breaking Bad

  16. MissMoody says:

    Someone tweeted a while ago that Breaking Bad should end with Walter White being dropped into witness protection and that’s the beginning of Malcolm in the Middle. I want it to happen

  17. Kristine says:

    God. He’s twice my age but I would hit it so goddamn hard. So sad BB is ending.

  18. Mandy says:

    I love this show SO, SO much. It is so wonderfully written and the actors are just superb. I went from rooting for Walt to now hoping that Jesse will take him out!

  19. moon says:

    I thought that was Fassbender at first

  20. Dref22 says:

    Still not as hot as Jack Coleman but pretty close. 😛

  21. RHONYC says:

    on having violent urges of his own:
    “I had one girlfriend I wanted to kill.”

    holy cornflakes in dimples he’s badass & unreasonably hot!!! 😯 😉 😛

  22. Thiajoka says:

    While I can’t wait for BB to come back, I’m also sad for it to because this will be it. I’ve never watched another show that I’ve enjoyed as much. I’m a big Cranston fan, but I really hope Aaron Paul goes on to big things after the ending of this show–he’s just such a talented young actor.

    • Apsutter says:

      Love Aaron Paul…he’s such a cutie and so talented. I think he’s gonna go on to a good career after this.

    • Kim says:

      Both such extremely talented actors. They will go on to other shows we will love (crossing fingers) and perhaps movies and win Oscars one day.

  23. Lisa says:

    Hey Bryan, let’s watch M*A*S*H and have sex all day. Thanks. <3

  24. skuddles says:

    I’ve loved him him since his Seinfeld and MITM days – amazing talent!

  25. dj says:

    Bryan Cranston brings the hotness! But honestly I even thought he was sexy as the goofy dad on Malcolm in the Middle. LOL. I have not watched Breaking Bad yet. I figure I will do a binge of it when it gets on Netflix or Hulu.

    • Thiajoka says:

      It’s already on Netflix. I think all of the seasons except the half-season send off of 8 episodes that starts August 11. Maybe if you start watching now, you can be ready to go for the final 8 episodes by then–but I don’t know, it’s already mid-July; you’d have to do some marathon watching.

  26. pinns says:

    On a sidenote, his suits in the photo shoot for GQ are exactly alike, I thought he was only wearing one throughout! All single breasted, slim fit, one button, only the colours slightly change.

    They cost from $2800 to $650 and you can’t tell which is which without looking at the notes!

    And men complain about women’s clothes!!

  27. Tolleyko says:

    Really and truly one of the greatest. Good job man!