It’s no surprise when the everyday fan approaches an actor praising him or her for their performance in a television series, but when a critically-acclaimed actor (who’s won an Oscar) reveals his admiration for an actor’s talent it’s quite humbling.
Yesterday, news broke that the great Anthony Hopkins sent a personal fan letter to ‘Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston congratulating him on his fantastic role as Walter White in the hit AMC drama.
After watching the entire series of ‘Breaking Bad,’ and finishing the last episode at midnight in Malibu, Hopkins was inspired to pen a letter to Cranston. He reached out to his UTA agent requesting Cranston’s email, and sent him the following:
“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. [Ed note: There are in fact five seasons of Breaking Bad; this might have been wishful thinking.] (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 letter was first posted on actor Steven Michael Quezada’s, who played Gomez in ‘Breaking Bad,’ supposed Facebook page, but has since been removed. However, for those still speculating whether Hopkins actually wrote the letter, The Huffington Post received confirmation from Hopkins rep that he did indeed write the letter.