Anthony Hopkins Reveals: Why I Wrote Fan Letter to Bryan Cranston: Watch

by | November 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM | Breaking Bad, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TV News

It was the most widely reported fan letter in recent memory, probably because it was sent by one of the world’s most revered actors, Anthony Hopkins, to Bryan Cranston, who was squarely in the spotlight as “Breaking Bad” was coming to a close in September.

At some point, during all the hype surrounding the series’ final episodes, Hopkins became hooked, as he revealed to Jay Leno Monday night on “The Tonight Show.”

As you will see (and hear) if you watch the clip — above — Hopkins was very complimentary about “Breaking Bad,” praising the writing and Cranston’s acting. But this widely respected actor also had praise for TV in general, pointing out how episodic TV shows can take time to let their stories unfold, unlike movies, which Hopkins derided for their meaningless car chases.

Watch the clip — above.

Bonus: Here’s the full text of the fan letter Anthony Hopkins wrote to Bryan Cranston:

Dear Mister Cranston.

I wanted to write you this email … 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. 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.

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, Shakespearean 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.

Best regards

Tony Hopkins.